Fossil (software)

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Fossil SCM logo.svg
Original author(s)D. Richard Hipp
Initial release2006; 16 years ago (2006)
Stable release
2.18[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 23 February 2022; 6 months ago (23 February 2022)
Written inC, SQL
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeSoftware configuration management, bug tracking system, wiki software
License2010: BSD-2-Clause[a][2]
2007: GPL-2.0-only[b] Edit this on Wikidata

Fossil is a software configuration management, bug tracking system and wiki software server for use in software development created by D. Richard Hipp.


Fossil is a cross-platform DVCS that runs on Linux, BSD derivatives, Mac and Windows. It is capable of performing distributed version control, bug tracking, wiki services, and blogging. The software has a built-in web interface, which reduces project tracking complexity and promotes situational awareness. A user may simply type "fossil ui" from within any check-out and Fossil automatically opens the user's web browser to display a page giving detailed history and status information on that project. The fossil executable may be run as a standalone HTTP server, as a CGI application, accessed via SSH, or run interactively from the CLI.

Being distributed, Fossil requires no central server, although collaboration is made easier by using one.

Content is stored using a SQLite database so that transactions are atomic even if interrupted by a power loss or system crash.[3]

Fossil is free software released under a BSD license[4] (relicensed from previously GPL).


Fossil is used for version control by the SQLite project, which is itself a component of Fossil. SQLite transitioned to using Fossil for version control over CVS on 2009-08-12.[5][6]

Some examples of other projects using Fossil are:

Source code hosting[edit]

The following websites provide free source code hosting for Fossil repositories:

  • Chisel. Original site owner James Turner announced that the site would cease operation on May 1, 2013.[7] After domain ownership was transferred on May 1, 2013, it continued operation.[8]
  • SourceForge (unofficially through webpages hosting service[9])

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BSD-2-Clause since 2010-05-16.
  2. ^ GPL-2.0-only from 2007-07-21 until 2010-05-16.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Fossil Copyright
  3. ^ "Integrated version control with Fossil SCM"., DLR Tech Talk presentation by Arne Bachmann, 2009-12-01
  4. ^ "Fossil DSCM Relicensed with BSD License". 2010-05-16.
  5. ^ "Fossil: Fossil Performance". 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  6. ^ "SQLite: Timeline".
  7. ^ " shutting down". James Turner. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  8. ^ "ChiselApp ChangeOver Complete". Andreas Kupries. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. ^ "Example: Free Fossil-SCM Repository Hosting". Retrieved 2015-11-21.

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