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Web Sites

The information Web site


  • Home – Most of the latest and greatest information can be found directly off the homepage. Check out the "DSpace Community" section for general information, the "Running DSpace" section for how to get started, and the "Developers" section for latest Developer news and a current roadmap.
  • Code Contribution Guidelines – An evolving guide to developing code and documentation for contributing back to the DSpace community
  • Contributor Guidelines How to Contribute to DSpace – Find out how to contribute to and participate in DSpace
  • LessonsLearned – Learn from other DSpace teams and share lessons you learned about building a DSpace service.

DSpace Demo Site

The DSpace Demo Site is a live installation of the latest version of DSpace software. It is setup such that the maximum number of DSpace features is enabled, so that you can get a better sense of all the various things that DSpace can do. This demo site also allows anyone to login as any "role" in DSpace: System Administrator, Community/Collection Administration, Submitter or basic user (Demo logins are provided in the introductory text of the XMLUI and JSPUI on the demo site). Finally, all user and system interfaces are provided (e.g. XMLUI, JSPUI, SWORD, LNI, OAI-PMH) - a full list of them is on the splashpage of the demo site.

Occasionally, the data in the demo site may be removed or refreshed. This demo site is not meant to provide permanent storage of content and is not indexed by Google or other search engines.

If you run into issues or have questions, feel free to contact us on one of the Mailing Lists or in the IRC chatroom.

DSpace Source Code / Downloads

  • You may also checkout/fork the source code via Subversion (SVN) Git from our source DSpace GitHub code repository. This code repository is also browseable via the webGitHub.
    • Stable versions of DSpace can be found under Tags in SVNThe Unstable
    • Maintenance branches for major releases can be found under Branches
    • The Unreleased, latest code is on Trunk in SVN Master (WARNING: may be unstable at times)
    • NOTE: if you're going to be developing with DSpace, we recommend you access the DSpace code using Subversion (see GitHub. For much more information, please see Development with Git and our Code Contribution Guidelines).

DSpace Issue Tracking, Feature Requests, and Patches

The DSpace Jira system Ticketing System tracks bugs, feature requests and patches for past, current and future versions of DSpace. It also permits voting on those issues you are interested in, and registering to receive updates - if you create yourself an account.

There are currently two main sections in DSpace Jira:

  • DSpace 1.x section - This is for reporting of any bugs, feature requests or patches within any of the DSpace 1.x versions.
  • DSpace 2.x section - This section is being used by the DSpace+2.0 development team to track issues or feature requests that have come up in their work.

DSpace Community Sandbox

We maintain a community sandbox in our SVN at

Instructions on Usage of Sandbox

Generally, the rules are such...

  • If you want commit rights or to add your own project code, email the developers list (dspace-devel) and someone will work to give you access. (You will only be given commit rights to your new project's SVN directory).
  • Any projects can be added here (once you are given access), but you must maintain your own project code. The Committers will not maintain your code for you, unless it should become part of out-of-the-box DSpace (see Code Contribution Guidelines).
  • Ask about project structure etc, we are working to try to organize the space so it stays clean.
  • Obsolete, out-of-date or unmaintained projects may be removed at the Committers discretion. We will attempt to notify you before your project would be removed (so that you can pull down a final copy of your code, as necessary).

Project Structure of Sandbox Area

  • Addon/Module Projects - Projects that are designed to "add on" to dspace without altering core libraries. Some of these may be a "work in progress", and others may be "stable" or "semi-stable"
  • Prototype Projects - Prototypes are usually branches of the core codebase, where experimental development of the core codebase can happen. Oftentimes these projects are unstable or a work-in-progress. If they become widely accepted and stable, they will usually be moved to either the Addon/Module Projects or the Primary Codebase (Trunk)

Documentation and Guides

DSpace System Documentation

Standard System Documentation


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DSpace System Documentation is included with each DSpace download. Look in the /dspace/docs/ folder once you unzip the download.

Documentation for recent versions of DSpace is also available online:

Finally, the latest DSpace System Documentation is browsable from Subversion.

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Installing DSpace

Customizing DSpace

Developing with DSpace

Documentation for New DSpace Administrators

  • Intro to DSpace (August 19, 2009) - written by Cameron Kainerstorfer and Heather Perkins (both of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Instructions for New Admin - This is a simple guide to print off for people who will start uploading documents to your instance of DSpace, by Shawna Sadler.

Related Readings

Mailing Lists

English Lists

There are several public DSpace mailing lists you can join, depending on what your particular interest is.


General discussion about the DSpace platform, and setting up and running a DSpace service. It is open to all DSpace users to ask questions, share news, and spark discussion about DSpace with people managing other DSpace sites.


Technical discussion about the DSpace platform. If you have a technical query, or are having problems getting DSpace up and running, this is the place to go (refer to the Troubleshoot an error page for additional help and suggestions). If you are technically savvy, and would like to contribute by helping out those in need, please join!

People working on the DSpace code hang out here.

This is for "hardcore" developers only. This listserv reports the latest SVN commits, allowing developers to keep in touch with the latest DSpace code changes.

Non-English Lists

While we hope that the community works together by using the above lists, some mailing lists enabling non-English speakers to participate are emerging. We strongly encourage people on those lists who speak English to liaise between them.

IRC channel

There are two dedicated DSpace IRC (internet relay chat) channels (i.e. "rooms") on the server:

If you do not have access to an IRC client, or are new to IRC, the following web interface is very easy way to get started:

    • Enter in a nickname (of your choice, e.g. firstName_lastName)
    • Enter in one of the IRC channels above (e.g. "#dspace" or "#duraspace")
    • Leave the "Auth to Services" setting unchecked.

For a list of IRC client software, see:

Many current Instant Messaging (IM) clients also support IRC. Here's a list of widely used software you can install that will allow you to connect to IRC:


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Guides and FAQs
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Mailing Lists

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User Group Meetings

The DSpace user community has at least one major user group meeting a year held in conjunction with the Open Repository Conference. For information about past or upcoming OR DSpace User Group meetings, including links to any available recordings and/or presentation slides click hereThere are also other country specific, regional or European meetings periodically. For information about user group meetings near you, check with your country's/region's DSpace Ambassador