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Bringing better technology to the world by promoting open source.

Everyone Benefits

Google believes that open source is good for everyone. By being open and freely available, it enables and encourages collaboration and the development of technology, solving real world problems.

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We use thousands of open source projects to build scalable and reliable products.

Release

We have released millions of lines of code under open source licenses for others to use.

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We believe that a healthy ecosystem is important for the sustainability of open source for all.

2,000 Projects and Counting

At Google, we’ve always used open source to innovate. We want to give something back; we enjoy being a part of the community. We often release code to push the industry forward or share best practices we developed. But sometimes, it's just fun and interesting code. The list of projects we've released and contribute to is long and continues to grow.

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“Google's embrace of open source has been important to me as an engineer in ways I can't express. It's fantastic!”

Rob Pike, Distinguished Engineer Rob Pike, Distinguished Engineer

“Without open source software, the entire internet as we know it would not exist.”

Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source

“Open source is about working together to make better software and a better world.”

Sarah Novotny, Program Manager Sarah Novotny, Program Manager

Community is Important

Google understands that to be a part of the open source community, we need to give back. Through initiatives like GSoC and GCI as well as financial support, we aim to keep the ecosystem strong.

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How We Do It

In the spirit of openness, we are sharing the internal documentation that helps Googlers use, patch, and release open source software.

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A new home for Google Open Source

A new home for Google Open Source

Free and open source software has been part of Google's technical and organizational foundation since the beginning. We've launched a new website for Google Open Source that ties together all of our initiatives with information on how we use, release, and support open source.

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Rosehub

Rosehub

Last March, a team of 50 Google employees used GitHub to patch the “Apache Commons Collections Deserialization Vulnerability” (or the “Mad Gadget vulnerability” as we call it) in thousands of open source projects. Here's why that work was so important...

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Rosehub