The Apache Software Foundation

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Apache Community Development!

This website is developed by volunteers to help newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and to our many Apache projects take their first steps towards being a part of our community.

Here we provide signposts to information about the ASF as an organization, as well as about the over 140 different Apache project communities that provide free software for the public benefit.

We do not focus on any specific projects here, but rather on the common processes and policies called The Apache Way found in most Apache projects. Our goal is to help you understand how the ASF works and give you the confidence to participate more directly in Apache projects that interest you.

New to Apache

Events & Mentoring

The Apache Way

Newcomers to Apache

If you are new to open source please read our newcomers section for some explanations of basic concepts, first steps to get started, and places to ask for help.

Event Organizers and Speakers

We have a list of speaker resources for both conference organizers and speakers.

The requirements for organizers of small events page explains how to get Apache-related events approved.

For a list of current events, our calendar section contains an aggregation of foundation wide calendars, along with the official conferences calendar, including ApacheCon, BarCamps, and more.

The Foundation

You can read about the mission of the Apache Software Foundation, and how the ASF and Apache projects are governed, and how to support the ASF in other ways.

We also have a Maturity Model for Apache projects, that can serve as an example in other communities as well

Open Source Contributors

If you know a little about open source and want to understand how the ASF works our contributors section is for you.

We also have a collection of links to relevant information.

If you are an Apache Committer you should read our committers section and see the Developer Information site.

Pilot Mentoring Programme with India ICFOSS

The Apache Software Foundation is now participating in a pilot project with India ICFOSS to provide mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students that have interest in learning how to participate in open source communities at ASF.

More information available at the Pilot Mentoring Programme page.

How Apache works

Interested in learning how the foundation works, the difference between membership and committership, who decides what, how elections take place, how is our infrastructure setup, what is the board, what is a PMC, what's the philosophy behind the incubator. Read the how Apache works works.

How To Ask Questions

All Apache projects use publicly archived mailing lists that anyone may subscribe to and/or ask questions related to that Apache project. Most projects have at least a mailing list for technical discussions about the code, and a user@ or users@ mailing list for questions about the product or features.

We have a Code of Conduct and Etiquette guidelines to help you write good emails.

The ComDev project has our own mailing list where you can ask general questions about Apache at

Google Summer of Code program (GSoC)

The Community Development project also manages the ASF's participation in the Google Summer of Code program. Each year, since 2005, we've taken on between 30 and 45 students. Many of these have gone on to be long term committers and even members of the foundation.

Read about a few of our GSoC successes.


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