FOSS projects built in India
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It seems to be a widespread impression that Indian developers are mostly consumers, and not contributors, of FOSS. To dispel this myth, we are compiling a list of some of the best open-source software that were primarily built primarily by Indian developers. This is just a list, NOT a ranking. For any additions or modifications in this list, send a pull request.
Hasura (website, github) is a software written in Haskell that lets you quickly build a GraphQL backend by introspecting your PostgreSQL database’s schema. Similar tools exist (Graphile, PostgREST) but Hasura is most feature-complete and supports most realistic use-cases.
HoppScotch (website, github) is a FOSS alternative to Postman. It lets you manage API collections and works with HTTP, GraphQL, WebSockets etc. Unlike Postman, it is not an Electron-app and uses localStorage to save your requests.
Simple (website, github) is a fast, free, FHIR-compliant app for clinicians to manage their patients with high blood pressure. Already being used by more than 150K patients, Simple was built by folks at Nilenso and Obvious. It’s written in Kotlin and Ruby on Rails.
ChatWoot (website, github) is a customer support tool for instant messaging channels. During 2019 #Hacktoberfest, the maintainers decided to make it opensource instead of letting the code rust in a private repo. With a pleasant surprise, Chatwoot became a trending project on Hacker News and best of all, got lots of love from the community.
Responsively (website, github) is a responsive design testing tool for frontend developers. You can preview your website at multiple screen sizes side-by-side which are also synchronized - even while inspecting.
Foxtrot (github) is a data store abstraction service for storing event data for real-time systems. It combines the power of fast row get/put by HBase and powerful indexing and aggregation features provided by Elasticsearch. It's in active development by Flipkart and PhonePe.
Indic Keyboard (website) is a MOSS Award winning, privacy aware, versatile keyboard for Android users who wish to use Indic and Indian languages. It currently supports 23 languages and 57 layouts. It went one step ahead and even removed the Internet permission that Android grants by default to all apps!
BlobCity DB (website, github) is a fast ACID compliant NoSQL DataLake with support for storing 17 formats of data. Full SQL and DML capabilities along with Java stored procedures for advanced data processing. .
ListMonk (github) is a high performance, self-hosted newsletter and mailing list manager with a modern dashboard. Written in Go and React.
Bahmni (website) is an easy-to-use EMR & hospital system for low-resource settings. It combines and enhances existing open source products like OpenMRS, OpenERP and OpenELIS and was built by ThoughtWorks. It has roughly 250 deployments across the world now.
GNUKhata (website) is a GST and VAT compliant accounting software.
AppSmith (website, github) is an internal-tool builder that quickly lets you connect UI elements to database sources and APIs, with access control and collaboration built in. Unlike Retool, these tools can even be made public. This is a new, but promising project.
Swathanthra Malayalam Computing
Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (website, gitlab) is a free software collective engaged in development, localization, standardization and popularization of various Free and Open Source Softwares in Malayalam language.
Better (github) is a browser extension for Chrome/Firefox that recommends better alternatives to products and services via in-page pop-ups. The lists are community curated.
StoryWeaver (website) is a digital platform of open storybooks for children in multiple languages.
LearnAwesome (website, github) is building humanity’s universal learning map. It’s a repository of links to learning resources categorized with topics, formats, and quality attributes. Think of it as GoodReads — generalized for learners that learn from not just books, but all media formats: books, videos, courses, podcasts, livestreams, newsletters, apps, interactive explorables, games, meetups etc.
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