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Update: What a year it’s been in free project management software! This piece has been updated to bring you the 10 best project management tools available.

Have you ever felt restricted by time?



You may be an unintentional project manager. If you often aim to complete complex, multilevel tasks with a clear goal and end date, you’re partaking in project management. Add in multiple team members, stakeholders, office politics, a PMP certification, and a ton of coffee, and you’re facing one of the most common—and complicated—jobs in the world.

If only there were a way to make your job easier.


Like an incredible tool that could help you manage your processes that was also completely free.

Like the top free and open source project management software.

If you’re a small business and you’re looking for the best free PM tools, you’ve come to the right place.

Best free and open source project management software of 2017

These top programs have been selected based on:

  • Number of allotted users
  • Available project management functionality
  • Reviews
  • Storage capacity
  • Ease of use
  • Relative “wow” level to the rest of the industry

Let the countdown begin!


If you’re interested in a top open source project management software option that’s more geared toward agile software development, definitely take a look at It’s free for one private project with four collaborators and unlimited public projects. doesn’t limit any of its features with its free version.


It wasn’t too long ago that made its first appearance on our shortlist of top “underground project management tools.” Since then, it’s grown into a fully functional app, complete with multiple modes (kanban, scrum), backlogs, user stories, and everything else you’d need to get started with agile development. The app is sleek, customizable, and has some bonus features not commonly found in agile software, like video conferencing tools and a built-in wiki.


Small business owners may feel squeamish that they’re limited to one private project. Additionally, is still in beta and struggles with related issues—servers can sometimes slow to a snail’s pace (though not regularly). There is no Gantt-chart functionality, and some users have expressed distaste for the user interface.  

(Used Leave a review!)

9. 2-Plan Project Management Software

From the glut of open-source software, 2-Plan stands out. The system has three symbiotic programs—all free:

  • 2-Plan Desktop, a project management system.
  • 2-Plan Team, a web-based project management tool with multiple hosting options.
  • Work 2-gether, a Scrum-based task management board for one-team projects.

All of these options are free, but you may choose to pay for additional extensions.


2-Plan is a behemoth when it comes to features. On the desktop version alone, project managers can create an animated graphical WBS, craft project milestones, implement top-down and bottom-up planning, and build project control systems.

2-Plan Team makes it easy to coordinate with off-campus teams and track time spent on tasks—and it integrates seamlessly with 2-Plan Desktop. Work 2-Gether is similar to Trello in that it uses the Kanban system, but it also has the ability to expand into a greater workchart.


2-Plan offers a lot of features that can quickly get overwhelming for teams with little time for their extensive manuals. Furthermore, the free option can be limiting. Work 2-gether, for example, only permits businesses to use two taskboards for free and team size is limited to three.

Thankfully, its pro accounts are reasonably priced—businesses only have to pay $15 a month to fully upgrade Work 2-gether.

(Used 2-Plan? Leave a review!)

8.  Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects lets you have as many users as you’d like and, apart from a 10 MB limit on storage, doesn’t have any limitations on functionality in the free version. Users have the option to upgrade for $25/month.


Zoho Projects has a dense list of features and, incredibly, its interface has been compared to the intuitive layout of Facebook. For Waterfall enthusiasts, Zoho Projects has incredible Gantt chart options, allowing users to set complicated tasks and milestones. Zoho Projects also offers timesheets and detailed reporting features (and for those who don’t want to make their own reports, it has 50 pre-made templates to choose from!).


Free users will miss out on Zoho Projects’ document management system because they are limited to 10MB of storage (the paid version offers 5-30GB, depending on the plan). It’s made the tail-end of our list because users can only run one project before upgrading.

(Used Zoho Projects? Leave a review!)

7. GanttProject

GanttProject is another open-source free project scheduling and management tool. Reviewers have compared this heavy-hitting application to Microsoft Project—both in terms of features offered and complexity. This system can generate Gantt and PERT charts, produce reports in HTML and PDF formats, and offers versatile scheduling and time management tools.


There is no limit to what you can do with GanttProject. The management platform allows users to quickly create a structured schedule for any project. It offers task assignment and milestone implementation. The open-source software also enables project managers to identify problem areas in the workflow so that companies can set goals for improvement.


I would not recommend GanttProject to people who are unfamiliar with project management software. Many have found it overwhelming—and support is largely left to its forums.

(Used GanttProject? Leave a review!)

6. MeisterTask

MeisterTask offers unlimited users and projects, has native apps for iPhone and iPad, and gives free users two integrations (like with Dropbox, GitHub, Zendesk and Google Drive).



MeisterTask has all the important features: it offers time tracking, issue tracking, and collaboration with both internal and external users. There is no storage limit, so exchanging files is hardly a burden on the system’s capacity.

MeisterTask’s project boards are perfectly suited for various agile methodologies. The boards are completely customizable so that teams can create anything from Kanban to Scrum and various mixed forms.

Finally, the layout is just gorgeous to look at. Communication is a breeze–it’s similar to the conversation system on Trello, except with instant updates. MeisterTask has also added task relationships, tasks from emails, and collaboration options (like liking and commenting) for team cohesion.


MeisterTask is still a new-ish project management system, so it’s working on a lot of projects that haven’t been launched yet. This includes:

  • Gantt charts
  • CCPM

(Used MeisterTask? Leave a review!)

5. Wrike

Wrike kicks off the second half of the best free project management software with a product that’s free to up to five users, offers 2GB of storage space, and tons of integrations, including Google Drive, Box, and iCal).

Pros: Wrike is really one of the best options for small team collaboration. Users can set privacy settings on their (unlimited number of) projects and interact with Wrike’s real-time activity stream. The free PM software offers task management functionality, expanded storage options through integrations, and it’s so easy to use that an intern could learn to do it within an hour.

Cons: Wrike suffers as a free PM tool because of how much it limits from its full software bundle; while a paid (starting at $9.80 per user per month) user gets access to Gantt charts, time tracking, and real time reports, most free Wrike users are stuck with task management and basic collaboration. In other words, Wrike’s free version won’t do the trick for a full project management system.

(Used Wrike? Leave a review!)

4. Asana

Based on their 140,000 customers and 1.4 million users, Asana is one of the most popular project management apps available—and best of all, for up to 15 users, it’s free. And reviewers love it—Asana maintains a 4.5/5 overall overall score with 1,300+ reviews on Capterra!


Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook, also designed Asana. True to the aesthetic and simplicity of the most popular social network, Asana is an intuitive task-management system that works best for teams seeking real-time interaction.

Asana allows its users to visualize their goals, track their time, assign priority to their tasks, and get updates on the project right in the program. It also has a calendar function to graph the team’s tasks right onto the dashboard.

In addition, over the past year, it’s added an Android app, the ability to convert a task to a project, conversations, and dashboards. It’s been beefing up–last year, its biggest con was that it didn’t have enough features.


Asana does not allow offline use. In addition, reviewers feel that “sometimes it is not intuitive enough to find something,” and list a number of frustrating conversations with Asana’s seemingly lacking customer service.

(Used Asana? Leave a review!)

3. Orangescrum

Orangescrum offers the best locally-hosted, free project management software for IT teams. It provides the groundwork for agile software development and resource management. The on-premise version costs $0, whereas the cloud version (which is admittedly far more supported) starts at $9 a month.

Pros: Orangescrum is completely customizable. If you have tech teeth, you can basically make this free PM software whatever you would like it to be. Users can look at their project with Kanban view, Gantt charts, and task status groups. Additionally, Orangescrum users can integrate the Google Drive and Dropbox in the free (on-premise) version.

Cons: Because Orangescrum is so versatile, serious coding knowledge is required to make the most of this tool. It is not a program for beginners, and most support relies on forums.

(Used Orangescrum? Leave a review!)

2. Freedcamp

Unlimited users.

Unlimited projects.

Unlimited storage.

Gorgeous design.

Innumerable functions.

Optimized for communication.

Kanban or tasks–you choose.

Freedcamp is just shy of the #1 spot on this list.

Freedcamp mobile and desktop interface


Freedcamp is great for businesses who want to be able to scale with their project management software; the free version will last your company for a long while, and upgrading is fairly inexpensive for small businesses. ios

The free version can certainly hold its own though.

Administrators can limit different users’ permissions right down to the client level. Freedcamp also offers time tracking, templates, and invoicing.

Its collaboration features are awesome. Users will never be behind because Freedcamp makes sure to add notifications everywhere when there’s an update (and they’re innocuous, like a Facebook notification, so they don’t get in the way). Freedcamp has optimized its website for mobile use and offers an iOS app.


Reviewers have claimed that there is a small learning curve on site navigation. There are some missing features as well, including Gantt charts, task dependencies, and recurring tasks. 

(Used Freedcamp? Leave a review!)

1. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a project management system entirely free for unlimited users. It limits storage to 5GB a month, with an option to upgrade to more for $39 per month. The features rival those of PM’s current go-to software: Basecamp.


Users can choose whether to use Bitrix24 in the cloud or self-host on the company’s own server. The PM features are outstanding: Bitrix24 offers Gantt charts, layered task options, time tracking and management, and even employee workload planning.

Bitrix24 also makes real-time communication a breeze with group chat, videoconferencing, and instant messenger. It also acts as a DropBox alternative—the free version offers 5GB of cloud storage for easy document sharing.

In addition, recent updates include:

  • An Employee Workload Planning tool that lets managers plan certain number of hours for a task and then compare it with the number of actual hours spent by those who the task were assigned to.
  • The ability to make task templates that contain subtasks and checklists.


Bitrix24 aims to address a number of business problems, and users can easily become overwhelmed between its project management functionality and CRM tools. With that said, most complaints tend to stem from the latter part of the software than the former.

(Used Bitrix24? Leave a review!)


For all of the free options available, many small businesses may want to consider upgrading to paid versions for more users, expanded functionality, and better customer support. Thankfully, most of the leading products are pretty cheap. Smartsheet, for example, offers its team membership at $15  per user per month, and ProWorkflow offers its team services for just $20 a month per user.

Love free project management software? You might also appreciate these:

What free or open-source project management tools have worked well for you? Were there any programs that I didn’t include? Please let me know your recommendations (I’d love to hear from you!) in the comments below!

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Rachel is a content strategist for Targetprocess, a project management tool dedicated to scalable and accessible visual management. She specializes in project management tips, tools, and tricks, and continues to play a foundational role in recognizing and strategizing for the future of Agile in the workplace. On the rare occasion Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, hiking, jogging, or spending time with her friends and family.


Hi Rachel, A very good compilation of PM tools. I would like to give reference to this article in my blog Please let me know if you think it is not appropraite.

Of course! I always appreciate a link back.

A nice compilation of free PM software. Pros and Cons are especially helpful! Keep it up.

Very helpful–thanks! Please keep these coming.

Is asana really opensource?

No, but they offer free options. Good question!

Thanks for Bitrix24. Freaking amazing and free. Love you guys.


I think you are missing . We are about to release our new version.

Thanks for sharing. Another app you should take a look at is Kanban Tool ( – visual time management solution that helps teams to track working time and collaborate with other team members.

ProjeQtOr is a good open source, really working professional product

What about Mantis? is it considered to be one of the list? many people are recommending it.

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This list is very interesting, but the title of this article is WRONG !!!
Britix24, Asanaand and Producteev are only available on SaaS – Where are the sources ? And free versions are very limited…
Only Trello (I like its approach and design), 2Plan and GantProject are real Open Source but they are too limited in PM features to be considered as Top PM tools.
Have a look at what Ganib or ProjeQtOr offer for free to get an idea of what should be a PM Tool.

Thanks for your comment Babynus! To be clear, this lists out some open-source PM software, and some free PM software. They are not all free and open source.

I want to mention a full featured business management software including a rich project management part that is integrated in all other business related processes like CRM, Invoicing, Reporting and Expense Management. ERPAL is a free Drupal distribution and can be customized in business logic and data structure using all existing Drupal modules. More information to be found at

Velocity ( is designed for the needs of small businesses and freelancers. It provides requirement tracking, creation of quotes and invoices, time tracking and diagramming using

It’s free for a limited time:

Hi Rachel,
So title shoud be “Top 6 Free OR Open Source Top 6 Free and Open Source Project Management Software for Your Small Business”
(sorry, maybe I’m coding too much and analyse boolean expressions everywhere…)

@ganaysa :
Mantis is not a “Project Management Software” but a “Bug Tracker”.
A very good one indead (I use it professionnaly) but it is not enough to call it a Project Management Tool.

@Rachel :
My mistake, I meant : “Top 6 Free OR Open Source Project Management Software for Your Small Business”

Thanks for sharing those PM information.
I want you to take a look at my Jibby project since:
Jibby is my passion.

Twenty years of project management left me with an urge to create Jibby, something different.

Running through available tools for managing activities in large and small projects convinced me that we need to reconstruct the way we use computers.

By reconstructing, I really mean to identify and merge various system similarities, simplify user interface, enhance reporting, avoid custom solutions, provide connectivity and keep privacy while maintaining flexibility.

Jibby is the result of thorough analysis of various systems handling common elements such as Projects, Information, Tasks, Deliverables, Events, Meetings, Documents, Costs, Timesheets, Memos, Blogs, Mails and Contacts.

Each and every element carries many common general attributes. The different attributes apply more to some elements then other but in general they overlap so Jibby handles all elements as identical with the exception of element Type.

This approach is the key to simplicity while retaining flexibility. You can change a memo to a task or a meeting to a timesheet with a single mouseclick. You can store Tasks under Deliverables or Delivarables under Tasks depending on how you want to approach your projects.

Any element can be shared with other Jibby members or sent by e-mail to others. Chatting and comments are attributes following each element Entity. The comments are left as a log at each Entity and many assigned users can leave a chatting trail where it belongs.

All Entities can be made public and become a part of a project presentation by applying a domain extention in user settings. No additional programming required. F.ex. this opening page for Jibby is simply public items of the Jibby administrator.

The simplicity of the system further relies on how information are presented to the user. On the left and top you have the filters and controls for what to display on the screen. The center column displays the data you have filtered from your database and the right column holds all the View tools that show your data in various formats. Furthermore; each user can link his e-mail service from various platforms (G-mail for now) at the bottom of filtered data in center column.

The contact manager is extensive and can fully integrate all Google contacts (and also from other major platforms soon) and synchronise Jibby with those platforms.

Jibby is a checklist paradise. A checklist can be created for all Entities and you can use them to monitor the progress or completion of the entity. If there are no checklist items a simple slider identifies the progress.

There are to many features and variations provided by Jibby on this simple but flexible screen to cover here. I urge you to log in and try Jibby. We will continuously improve the system, add features and simplify user interface for convenience and usability.

Jibby is free and will operate as a Freemium application based on user traffic. Try it out..

Thank you for the article, Rachel 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with the title btw.

Try MyT ( ) a new web based Project Management tool released 3 days ago, in version 1.0.0.

I’m taking a Project Management class in college and I found this article very informative. I tend to work smarter and I like to use templates and tools that can get me to my goal quicker and easier. I researched many of these and I want to say that I really appreciate this article. Many articles written along the same lines have almost the same results – not quite, but almost. Thank you for the information. I plan to pass it along to my classmates, too!

I liked the list of tools, just believe Moovia ( should be part of this list.
It’s an awesome tool and very easy to use. Best.

I have been researching and looking for something like Bitrix24 . I think now i am sorted. Going to let one of our clients test this, Thank you very much Rachel

Thank you for sharing this blog. I understand how important it is to have a reliable project management system especially in running a business. Keep it up!

Mark Suansing

Here’s another recommendation – ClipPod for Google Calendar. Perhaps the simplest of them all, since it converts Google Calendar into a project management tool. We’re using it for a while and it’s worked out quite well for us so far.

Velocity ( is a cloud-based all-in-one project management software for small businesses and freelancers. We cover the complete project lifecycle, from requirement tracking, through quote generation to invoicing.

Check out and get started for free.

Thank you for your interesting service. We have built another project management (and crm is a bonus), it is free and open source You can check the product tour, or its screenshots

The main selling point of MyCollab is providing the rich set of features:
– Document Management
– Project Management
– Online Document Editor
– Activity stream and audit logging
– Time Tracking
– Gantt chart
– Issues Management
– Tasks and its dependencies management
– Milestones
– Risk/Problem Management
– People and Permission management

Unlike other open source products, we provide the intuitive UIs and care every pixel. We did evaluate a lot of popular PM tools in the market, and we try to build the tool overcome any unpleasant points we met in our competitive tools. Then we have the tool name MyCollab

Thank you so much for the great list! I’ve also been checking out the others listed in the comments.

I could use some advice, maybe I’m using the wrong words to do my research. What I’m looking for is project management software but I want to be able to share some details with the clients. I don’t want to share every last detail but say I’m waiting on them to advance to the next task or that they can see we are 80% done. I don’t see how that’s possible with the companies suggested? Most of them have been just internal type uses. They are great but just not what I’m looking for exactly.

I hope this makes sense and I appreciate anyone’s input 🙂


A fully functional, free, and in many aspects much better than Microsoft Project, project tool is OpenWorkbench. Its resource leveling (named “Autoschedule” in OpenWorkbench) is second to none.

Hi Rachel, I want to be able to write a task completed in my daily log and have this posted into a project-specific log. In other words, I have a general log of things that I have completed that day, each may be for a different project. Then I have documents for each project. listing items completed for that particular project. I want the completed tasks from my daily log to automatically post to a project-specific log. Do you know if any of the project management applications do this and which one would be best?

I thought you might like to know about another free project management tool called Stepsie. It is super simple to use and organises your projects and ideas in one central location.

Swing by and test it out!

Hi Rachel,
Have you given a spin? Highly recommend it!

Excellent list Rachel, it does help identifying which one will best suits to specific needs based on pros and cons you described. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Rachel!
Thanks for good list of Project Management software which are freeware. Still I think these software are not upto the mark which is required for civil engineering needs. Is there any free software which will compete MS Project ?
but anyway thanks for good list again! and Best wishes!

I would like to recommend iCoordinator Free. It is totally free for a one user license and you can create your project portal in minutes. You can read and register it here

Please advise how the top 3 open source PM softwares compare against Microsoft Project or Primavera SureTrak.

Hi Rachel!
I would like to recommend It is an excellent web-based software that lets you plan, organize and deliver projects on time.

We finally released the newest version of on SourceForge. Check it out now

Freedcamp It is not open source but free for unlimited users and projects with 50MB free storage for files for now. We will increase file storage next year or remove it entirely.

[…] want to take a more in-depth look at what’s available, Capterra has an awesome post, “The Top 6 Free and Open Source Project Management Software for Your Small Business,” to help you choose among the multitude of software options […]

Hi there

I think it is OpenProj needed on your list.

the feature of opening .mpp files is priceless.

Angel Niculae

Good suggestion. Thanks Angel!

Everyone who touched Basecamp – no#1 management software at its days – should know about its fork (some kind of). Check out

ps. would be great to also see a list of self hosted apps.

Good idea and good suggestion!


Thanks for the article! Question though, which of these options, if any, can open MS project files?


Hi Brad! Great question! Both 2-plan and GanttProject certainly do.

I’ve used years trying to find a project management software that’s both good looking and affordable. Lately I’ve been using Jira from Atlassian, which isn’t free (but not expensive either). I opted for a cloud account, since it seem to both require a lot of system resources and the self-hosted version seems to be a pain to install (at least it was at the time I signed up). Jira Cloud has one MAJOR drawback though: Atlassian’s server is paaainfully slow. Infact, it’s so slow that I find it impossible to use for day-to-day project management. Also, it doesn’t really support different date formats (we use DD/MM/YYYY in Norway). When I select a start or due date, it get the months all wrong (i.e.: 10/00/2014). Today, a message from Atlassian even popped up with the date 16/35/2014. Go figure…

Anyway, I’ve given up on Jira. This week I stumbled upon OpenProject, which is free, open source and has a really nice GUI. So far it seems to have most of the functions I need, and it has everything I need. Anyone looking for free, open source project management software should take a look at OpenProject:

Hello All, is a leading open source Project Portfolio Management solution with a focus on collaboration. empowers your entire organization to participate in authoring rich, continuously updating project records that are readily accessible, easy to update, transparent,
and actionable.

For a brief demo of the system please use the link:

Also you can download the latest open source version 9.2.6 from

—​ Team​

Hello, Rachel.

Thank you very much for such an interesting article!
At the moment, I’m considering a purchase of Comindware Tracker ( Have you heard anything about it? And if so, would you recommend it in comparison to other alternatives?

Best regards,


Hey Rachel,

it was pleasure to read this article. It gave me a lot of new information.


Verslo Valdymo Sistemos

Hi Rachel,

good list of project management tools, thank you.

I used TaskFreak! (the multi user version) for several years, because it is easy to use. But it is not being developed any longer as a standalone software, only as a WordPress plugin. See

Just exactly i was looking for. I tried trello but was looking for some more asthetic tool. Thanks for effort and sahring

Thank you for the article. It was helpful and informative. And so are all the comments with suggestions for other platforms. I am looking for a project management platform that will be geared towards a small group /startup that will be designing an app with some high creatives/but slightly technophobic members . What do you or anyone recommend ?? It needs to be ultra simple, highly intuitive and visual but with the ability to add longer tasklists and more info behind a very easy to grasp workflow representation. Thank you !


i am a manager at engineering lab and looking for a software that can put multiple projects for one person. I have 5-6 people working in lab bd would like to put each of their project on timeline. Is there any software that has capability of doing that.


[…] free project management tools […]

Thanks for the list, however most of the softwares are not free unfortunately. A software is not free if the number of users are limited. For example if the limit is 15, there is no guarantee that the next version of the software allows only 5 users. Just a little modification in the Terms of Use, and you have to find and use a new project management software which takes too much time…

I have a small software company and work on different projects and different items everyday. After using few project management tools we moved to SPM Live ( It is a smart and simple tool. The All Projects page and Time Line are the of this software.

Highly recommended.

[…] free project management tools […]

Uninstalling 2-plan desktop doesnt work, it just opens the application. Nothing in documentation about uninstall.

Thanks Rachel! I was using but after the trial period was over the free edition just wasn’t enough. I just checked Trello out and its the same Kanban system and its great! You just saved me with this article!

Glad to help!

How can you select Producteev as the top planning software. They lack the most basic and crucial requirement for any planning tool – Task Dependency! How can I create a plan without task dependency?

Hi, Rachel,

You’ve compiled a useful list. In fact I liked it so much that I mailed it to a friend who runs a small business in Germany who isn’t in favor of open source. Her argument: “Who do you turn to in a contingency?” Do these open source tools come with robust support, comparable to Basecamp, Dynamics, and Talygen?

Thank you!

Hello Rachel! Thankyou for the article, I am a Civil Engineering student and I was wondering if you could recommend me one of the options you shared particularly for Construction Management. I would aprecciate it very much! MS Project is too expensive for me as a student right now.

HI Rachel, What about dapulse ?
I heard that they are the best for growth companies , what do you think ?

I’m finding myself overseeing a $75,000 project at our church which has several tenecals (so) and 10teams of volunteers. What we need is something that keeps us on track but (very important) can communicate the progress to all the volunteers via email!. Grateful for your research and skill!.


[…] Click here for Capterra’s remaining top three picks plus their complete review, including pros and cons of each! […]

I’ve just gotten interested in using Basecamp but am curious: does anyone know about their security? Have they ever experienced a hack or security breach? Thanks so much!

Nice List !

Here is another web-based tool that you may consider i.e. Invoicera. It is designed for the needs of small businesses and freelancers and provides task and project management, time tracking, invoicing, expense tracking and reporting. It helps in increasing the productivity at work.

Thanks for this helpful article – however, I tried using the agile mindmap function in “” (work2gether) based on your review – and found this utterly useless! I built a whole project activity workflow stream on the free sheet – using Apple Mac – only to find that then you cannot scroll across the page, so it is impossible to view it! – so this programme gets a resounding raspberry from me! Back to the drawing board.. as I need mindmapping, I have decided to try using MindGenius.. any other suggestions (mac friendly) most welcomed?! Thanks again for this useful article & discussion forum

Very good comparison. We will be using Trello – a decision made without me – and wonder how the data is stored for a project. That way I can build the features on that Trello does not have. Anyway, thank you for the informative article. Very helpful.

Well written article, very through and very helpful!

Wow, after spending countless hours and nights trying to find something in google to work for me from sheets to tasks, AND getting no where, I finally found this gem. I would like to truly thank you for this article, but you should have started with #1 since it was the only free product of any use. Its not 100%, and closer to 92% but its darn better than anything else and I can hit the sack now. I would add as a con that there are limitations and I wish I could view total time spent on a task. But that’s small beans. Also, Its easy to click on the wrong things, and you have to hit refresh to see some things appear. But, you just can’t beat free. Tinkling with it more in the morning, but it checks all of the right buttons. Superb! Highly recommend 1. Producteev.

Hi – I just found an update to Trello – It has a Calendar function now, through their ‘Power-up’ feature. So, now you can see when items are due on the calendar. (Glad they have it cause I was going to look elsewhere!)

Hi Rachel – very nice article and comments. Could any one suggest a PM software that generates Powerpoint presentations that communicate project characteristics, status, issues, etc? The reason is that I need to communicate upwards using Powerpoint presentations and it takes too much time to do it. Thanks!

Hi I’m not seeing where bitrix or many other similar software is totally free at all. I see a lot of free trials. Where on bitrix site does it say up to 12 users entirely free? I see a 2 month trial…

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CarbonCopy is a open source communication and project manager based in contexts.

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It would be useful to know which of these allow tasks to be broken down into hours. Gantt Project does not allow this for example.

Oh my, I’m more confused now than when I started to research PM software. Too many to try them all. What is something that is totally free and easy for beginners?

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I like Asana. Have been using it for years to manage business as well as personal work. These software are great. Do you now any project management software that have an intuitive design?

I just need /want a small PM tool to install on my laptop to keep track of projects and expenses on my acreage. I don’t need web based, because I live in the middle of the fields with no internet. Listing tasks and priortizing them, attaching costs and hours, scheduling the times to do them ( eg. planting the tomato crop and cultivating the fields).
Your suggestions are valuable. Thanks in advance.

Would love to put BizFirst’s Plan First on your list (

Hi! I would like to introduce you all to this web based project management tool called Framebench ( . Framebench is a cloud-based communication and feedback platform that acts as a central workplace where you can store and share your creative assets. The tool is developed to ease the workflow specially of the digital agencies, design firms and their clients.

Since inception, Framebench has been diversifying its features. Below are some of its advanced features :

1. Gmail Extension: Framebench as an extension helps to preview & annotate Gmail attachments without downloading. ( )
2. Table-Top Sync: Whether you’re changing the presentation slides, zooming into a high resolution image, or annotating an important video frame, This feature makes sure everyone online watch this activity as it happens.
( )
3. Version Management: This feature flips through file versions like magazine pages. It helps in tracking versions using intuitive magazine page like flipping. This feature enables you to have your iterations neatly documented automatically.( )
4. Video Collaboration: You can easily collaborate on videos with your team with this feature. With everyone in sync, you can give your feedback on each frame of the video and discuss every detail. ( )

Really disappointed, having sold Asana to my director and set about populating with all our projects – I found it is limited to three projects on the free version! I’m relocating to Producteev, which seems simpler and has not ask or project limitations (we only need this for two team members).

Thanks for the resource though, Rachel, though I expected they were not that generous being the makers of fb and all!

Hey Rachel great list. You should try FoxyTasks at

Thanks for this informative content Rachel. All these software are good,and i would like to suggest one more. You can check it here:
This is also a one point solution for project work management.

Really Interesting list! I am currently looking for a Project Management tool and that list really helps! I am testing Comidor at the moment, which is not listed here but I will totally take a look at your suggestions! Thanks a lot!

This is a good list of project management tools, below are some tools which I use in order to collaborate with remote as well as inhouse teams for better productivity:

For Project Management: I used to stand firm behind Asana, but I now love how simple Trello ( makes my life!
File Collaboration & Reviews: Framebench ( is a simple tool which gets me through annotating on various files I receive and keep all my discussions with the freelancer organized.
For messaging: I usually stick to email and sometimes the message center here. Has anyone tried out Slack/Hipchat?
Voice Calls: Skype!!

is there a straightforward PM program that includes integrated schedules, cost tracking, estimates and more?
Warren Rohrer

Great and helpful notes.
Had a hard time trying to choose the best option, they are all practical .
Question: based on our activities: Cargo handling, my main need is to keep alert for arrivals, which would you reccomend? Thanks

Hello Rachel,
Here’s another great web based free product – http:://
It helps you manage teams, projects and task allocation, costing and budgeting, task dependencies and scheduling easily. It also has Document sharing and project approvals and helps teams collaborate and update progress status easily. Great features search capabilities makes it a cut above the other free products in the market.



Great article ! As a free & open source tool, Tuleap really does a great job, especially in a Sccrum or Kanban management, you should have a look at it.

Here’s the url:

which tool is best for enterprise PM which support MS project importing, pipline, AD integration, Portfolio reporting etcc.

I agree – the title is wrong. I was disappointed when I realised that they were not all open source software. Please change it to “Free OR Open Source”.

It’s still a useful list, just not what I wanted.

I’d like to give a shout out to Vincent from slingshot Data labs. for real estate and investment real estate, it is a nice platform that allows users to link between tasks, properties, opportunities, and deals. And you can assign tasks to team members with due dates.

It’s a good blog to learn open source project management tools. I agree that Bitrix24 is one among the best. But is a little bit complicated to master and use at day2day life. There is no Issue Tracking … and so for managing bugs and customers feedbacks….. i want to give you some good information about Big Data And Analytics.

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Just found this site check it out, may fit in to your list here.

My Hours is a free time tracking for your projects and tasks

I’d like to mention here.
This project management tool is very easy to use, it’s quite simple, but it’s really powerful and comfortable tool of project management
I’m using it!!!

Putting my chips in for Hansoft.

Free for up to 9 users


– Multi-paradigm (Kanban, Agile, etc)
– Customizable pipeline/workflow
– Reports (Burndown, etc)
– Real time updating
– Comes with a built in IM service
– Smart and intuitive keyboard navigation and shortcuts
– Easy on the eyes
– QA and Bug Reporting
– Client/Server Architecture puts you in control of available resources for uploads


– Server/Client Architecture, every user needs to install the Hansoft Client software on their computer to use it. Installing the server however is really easy
– Decent sized learning curve
– Get’s expensive fast

Love Hansoft! I did look at it for this post, but with its limits on users and customer service it didn’t make the cut. 🙁

Nice List But U have missed the “Protacto” Free Project Management Software. Please add this Project Management Software in your blog Because We can easily used for tracking, scheduling and planning the work using Protacto. If you need more information about Protacto. Visit Here:

Cool list Rachel, and a good read. If you don’t mind, I’ll just can my powerpoint slide here: and have the participants just read this web page 🙂 I do MS Project training, and feel it only fair that all know about the alternatives to that (even though I would never use anything you cited in real life). And was Wrike left off the list because it was there every 4 paras anyway? Ha. I actually thought Wrike was pretty good, and was my favorite online tool for awhile. But now I’m hooked on OmniFocus 2, with the MS Project connection. If they ever throw in collab features there, it may blow everything else out of the water… dunno, I just think it’s keen. But back to work, lots of overdues on calling me from my personal MS Project Server 🙂

Assembla ( should be added to this list. Agile based project management software that combines some of the best features of Basecamp and JIRA. Project spaces are free as long as the project is public. To create private spaces, you need to pay. My company uses Assembla to manage 100+ on going projects.

Great blog post!

Does anyone know if some of these tools has a task import (from xls) function?

Hi Rachel,
Thanks for the recent updates. This list can be just endless… I’m director of the OpenProject Foundation, guiding the development of the free and open source software OpenProject ( It’s a great open source tool for project collaboration with an active and enthusiastic community, rapidly evolving. Have a look and share your option.

Redmine is the biggest open-source project management software out there, so I was surprised that it wasn’t on the list.

It’s particularly popular in big tech companies, but it’s also used in the construction industry and manufacturing.

We proudly based Planio ( on Redmine.

In contrast to free project management tools, open source tools such as Planio means that you’re not locked into one vendor. You can simply hit export and walk away with your data, which you then host yourself.

Closed-source vendors sometimes offer json or csv exports, but you then have to find a tool to import that into anther tool, and you don’t always get a 1:1 match.

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for this review.

Having used various tools for our project management needs, we always came across the same problems, namely: yet another Cloud storage, yet another set of users, yet another system in addition to the already beloved-by-us Google apps.

We already had all our users and all our documents in Google. We didn’t want to duplicate anything. So we decided to create a tool which fit our needs and called it Projects. (

Our main idea is that we don’t try to do anything which is already covered by Google Apps. Projects does the things that Google Apps doesn’t do – project and task management.

Projects takes care of task and project management – Google does everything else.

We would be happy if you could review our tool and possibly add us to your list.

Have a wonderful day!

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I started with Zoho and was pretty disappointed. It will only allow one project at a time. I used 140k of space for one project and that apparently is the limit. If I only had one project going at once, why would I need project management software? Who can’t keep up with 1 task list for 1 project? I guess you get what you pay for.

Great review, I am going through the list.
I however would like to make a comment, it looks like some applications are TO DO list management or Task management with collaborative flavors but not Project Management which includes dependencies, cost, deviation, milestones, etc management.
I might not have understood all about Asana, but my feeling is that it is more a Task managaer than a Project Management tool.

In this list, the only free and serious Project Management tool I found is GanttProject.
That’s something closer to Microsoft Project Standard and truly free.
It is Java based and not HTML / Web.
Again, I am a bit disapointed by the list as many of these supposed Project Management tools above are TO DO list or Task management which is really not what is needed when you are managing a project with a target delivery date.

Hey Rachel,
Thank u so much for this overview!!
It helps me in ma project and report…..!

A lot of thanks dear Rachel, it is great and highly appreciated effort.

Where is Redmine?

Another good project management tool is Nifty ( ). A place for students to keep track of their work when collaborating in groups. It provides an overview of who’s doing what and let you share links and files from your favourite productivity tools.

It is quiet similar to Trello, but more customized for the needs of students and for free.

Hi Rachel,
Thank you for trying Zoho Projects. We do allow more than one Project. Right now you face the limit as you are in our free plan, which is used mainly for evaluation. You can create more projects in other plans. For instance, you can have an unlimited number of projects and 30 GB of space in our enterprise plan. We would be glad to provide free limited period access to the same, just send a mail to


Re: “…apart from a 10 MB limit on storage, doesn’t have any limitations on functionality in the free version. ” — Dead wrong here, and it cost me some time I didn’t have to spare. There are limits to the total number of groups and projects as well. Couldn’t get enough flexibility out of the service to even give it a try.

Great starting point for researching project management software options. Thanks for the article and to the commenters for additional resources.

Note: I visited today and the site said FoxyTasks has been shut down.

I thought I should report this to the forum.

Odoo is also missing, and that is a very good alternative

Personally my top three currently is:

The first two offer much more then Project management alone, which allows you to invoice based on your projects (which I prefer)

@Francis Better that GanttProject BUT free only on Linux is RationalPlan Single:

You are limited to only (2) Users in the Free version!

Comment by Rafael on August 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

I liked the list of tools, just believe Moovia ( should be part of this list.
It’s an awesome tool and very easy to use. Best.

would love to find a project management tool where you can create a template for repeatable tasks where, if the launch/event/destination date gets changed, you can pick up the entire project as a whole and move it.

Ex. If you are planning an event with a date, with tasks of different durations 6 weeks before the event until a week after. And the date gets changed, it moves to + – the new date. This is Gantt-like, but not always easy in all products that have Gantt or dependency features.

All these lists are full of subscription-ware.

Something I will never use.

Even if its free, its a bad idea. You never know when these people sell out or shut down, and then either the free version gets crippled further or disappears, or the entire service is gone.

Thanks, but No thanks. I’d rather stick to Excel and Outlook or some other pay once and then get to decide if you want to upgrade to the next buggy version with changes that may or may not be counterproductive for your way of doing things.

If this sounds cynical to you, it isn’t. Its just based on the reality of software sales and development in an impoverished age where only money matters at the end as a driver of decisions.

Best, Thanks for posting, we were busy in developing OPM for website. but i think it will help us

Thanks for the great article. I am considering one or more tools from your list, however, I’d really appreciate your recommendation for someone who is “newbie” to the PM field? Thanks.

Do you know of free downloadable s/w for planning and cooking a meal? It should be project management based (time dependencies, etc) and have time divisions of minutes.
An example would be:
Dice vegetables-10 minutes, mix ingredients-15 minutes, bake in oven-45 minutes. Meanwhile wash and mix ingredients for fowl – 30 minutes. When vegetables done, add fowl and bake 40 minutes, and so forth. I’ve worked with larger PM s/w with hours and days (I’m a retired Engineer) but can’t find simple s/w for cooking large meals.

Hi Rachel,
I currently use Asana and I like it because it’s clear, simple, almost complete and I appreciate the several attributes in its filtering/search function respect to other tools. However, I have to say that it doesn’t have a time tracking (except if you pay for a 3rd party plugin) and it doesn’t have priority attribute (except if you consider the due date attribute ).
To organize the work and to have an overview, it’s very good.

Lately, I’ve also seen Teamwork and it seems extremely good if it had a good search function with more attributes. (

Thanks. Its work rock!

Free and open source is great when it comes to bootstrapping a business, or maybe running a one man show, but in my experience, when people aren’t getting paid for their work, the support suffers, and the updating frequency suffers. Volunteers and crowdsourcing can only get you so far.

We have tried almost everything, and like some… hated some.

Our latest is growing on us every day due to its’ powerful, but easy to use set of features.

Try SuiteDash @

It’s a full stack of solutions, including CRM, project management, messaging, invoicing, email marketing, internal chat, and more. We can customize it fully to match our brand, from the colors of each part of the app, and the logo.

One monthly payment has replaced four, and we are moving just as fast, with a much smaller financial liability.

Well done not mentioning phabricator at all!

Very helpful & well written. I appreciate the Pros & Cons.
I will be trying 2 or 3 of these to see what fits.

I’m desperately seeking a tool that will help me keep track of supply reordering, even ordered, when it will ship, when it will arrive – so being able to not only see the date but have it on a calendar (that integrates with Google calendar would be awesome) is really criteria.

I’ve been trying Asana but I’m finding that only being able to visually see a max of 3 projects on the dashboard is a turnoff abd why I’m not using it more.

Any suggestions for tools that have a calendar or do they all have that?

Hi Rachel
Thanks so much that was ever so informative. I see that you also specialise in construction. Is there any one of these softwares that you would recommend for a small architectural firm (6 staff and growing). We also do interior design projects.

This is really helpful, thanks for the list. However, the review of Freedcamp reads more like an advert or even a press release from the company – as a result, I crossed that one off my list straight away (I think I’ll try Bitrix24 first). Can you confirm that it the Freedcamp comments are in fact a genuine review, not “advertorial” content? Thanks.

Hi Ed! Rachel, the author of the article here. No one has compensated me for including them in this article; if you look at the project management software directory, Freedcamp isn’t even one of our paid clients. They do have an impressive features list, which may be why the text sounded like ad copy, but I assure you that they earned their #1 spot.

With that said, Bitrix24 is also a phenomenal solution. You have to fit the software to your company and not the other way around!

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bitrix24 con: The free account only allows 4 dependency. This makes the software unusable for anyone managing an actual project.

Vendors know what they’re doing when they offer ‘free’ project management software. Most of these packages are designed, quite reasonably, to put all of your project stuff in one place. They have document stores where all of your project documents, spreadsheets, powerpoints etc., as well as your plans will go. The collaboration features of these packages also mean that you’ll be saving all of your review comments and discussion threads and in fact everything to do with your projects in their database. In addition you’ll be training people to use the software, loading all of your resources into the package and also working out a way of making it work for your team/company.

The free versions are offered with limited functionality and numbers of users. The vendors know that before long, after you’ve used one of these tools, you’ll want more users or more functions, at which point they’re confident that you’re going nowhere and they can up-sell to you.

Why are they so confident? Well to move, you’re in for a data migration exercise for a start, moving all that project data from the free tool to another tool and as if that wasn’t bad enough, you’ll have to retrain everyone and set up a new package with your resource data. I’ve worked with customers who have bought packages that they have subsequently discovered are inadequate to their needs and/or overpriced but are so concerned by the work involved in moving that they’ve stayed with what they’ve already got.

No such thing as a free lunch. Free in this market just means free for the moment.

Great article! We like Zoho, but one feature we would love to have is notifications based on task dependency — i.e. when someone completes a task, the person assigned to the next task is notified. Do any of these other systems do that?

Hi Rachel,
This is a great list, however I think you have missed . They have been regularly updating their free project management software for the past few months. Maybe just my opinion but its the most sexy software ive seen so far and has a great way of dealing with even huge numbers of projects and tasks via Gantt charts. It lacks some features other tools got tbh but Its REALLY free and still in development.

I agree with several comments here. The title should be “FREMIUM project management software”.
– FREMIUM is when you get a free use but with limits, and if you want to overcome these limits must pay (like most of the “products” seen here).
– OPEN SOURCE is another matter. It is unlimited usage and even if you have the necessary knowledge give you access to 100% of its code to modify it as you wish.

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Hi Rachel

Your insights are really awesome and i would like you to share your thoughts about Orangescrum which is also an opensource Project Mgmt. tool available free.

Man, Freedcamp is awesome. tks

Wow, GanttProject worked well for me (for now). So far this is the best tool I was able to use for my project management. Thanks for the list, this was very helpful!

Looking for a free web-based project management software with employee time-logging capabilities. Any suggestions?

Really an awesome and extensive list. Also check out this app called Zapty. My friend has a small business and this app turned out to be a boon for his organization. It is not only an awesome project management tool but also works great for collaboration with remote teams. You can try out the app only for $29 for this month, they are giving a special offer. Check out more :

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Absolutely terrific post Rachel, well done! (I just updated one of our own PM themed blog posts and added a link to your piece

As an addition I’d like to recommend It’s a free Kanban based project management solution and visual website feedback tool. Take a look 😉

Hi, very interesting article! Collaborative tools such as Zenintranet, Slack, Trello are definitely needed!

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Hi Rachel ! First and foremost thank you very much for such a comprehensive article. I have previously used Asana and Bitrix24. And, boy, these are great arsenal for project management. Now, that you have included so many options here. I am definitely going to check them out. Thanks!

Thank you, Rachel, for this list. As a practicing PM, I agree with such choice as Trello or Asana. These are really perfect solutions for different teams. Trello is the best for small and average (up to 10 people) teams, Asano is perfect for big teams also. But I can’t agree that Ganttchart is good: now there are a lot of visually attractive and simple solutions for project planning. For example, my team i use such gantt chart generator as In this video you can see how easily you can create a gant chart

I have made my own management tool if you are interested you can use it for free, its secure and super easy to use (link :

And you can contact me if you want to use it locally 😉

See you,

I am starting a new project using dozens of student interns to measure pollution around the USA. Would like to have them have the ability to make entries into their specific sub-project. Your helpful review does not mention the costs and how to manage large numbers of users. I get that many of the offerings are free for a limited number of users – but that is not my future. Advice?

This is new free project management software –

Unfortunately still is in the test stage.

i recomend Asana has been working for me since 2011 and also Producteev is better and not saying others are bad especial those i have never used before

Rachel, cool list. I’m a freelancer and I’m using MoneyPenny: It’s smart tool for small business and freelancer but my most favorite feature is the team time tracking – in real time! I really hope MoneyPenny makes it into your list sometime in the future.

Thanks for the details and articles. It is very helpful.
I think Glip ( should be in this list too. (just a suggestion 🙂 ). Because it is completely free for,
Unlimited Users
Unlimited Projects
Unlimited Chat and File Sharing
Unlimited Integrations and more..

My favorite tools are both missing in your list.
Quickbase by Intuit – it’s a great tool for multi-project, task, issue, schedule tracker. It costs something like $100/user/year, so pretty reasonable and it’s amazingly feature rich and integrates with MS Project, Excel and other databases. Offers API’s to link to the data for data analytics as well, though it offers a lot of built-in analytics.

Basecamp – also a very powerful and feature rich collaboration, project tracking platform.

Both great tools, but this is a list of free project management tools 🙂

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Was looking for simple project software that provides task dependencies (we are trying to complete a multi-team annual report on time). I did not find anything in the listing. The number one choice given is apparently working on task dependencies.

Awesome article, Rachel. It is good there are project management and time management tools nowadays. It is really important to find the one that will best fit your needs. For my projects, I started using a time tracking tool named screenish (!/home ) and sometimes trello too, depending on the team. Works for me ideally.

Love Trello. Unfortunately, Screenish doesn’t have a free option.

Freedcamp seems nice, but there’s no ability to input clients. As a freelancer, it would be nice to have the ability to input projects and assign clients to them. For that, I personally think Thrive Solo is the go to option:

It’s not free though.

Hi Rachel,

that’s a great list of the top project management tools.

I do strongly believe that the great tools are the ones which have been adopted to suit the needs of a specific niche.

For example, BeeWits, (the new kid on the block in project management tools), is specifically developed for web designers. We’ve set up a number of task templates for creating a web design project. That way, you don’t need to create all of the tasks associated with a project from scratch.

You also know you’ve got it all covered.

Would love it if you gave it a look and tell us what you think, would be really happy to answer any questions you may have.


Hey Rachel,

it seems like project managements tools are all the rage these days 🙂 Besides the ones you listed yourself, I’ve learnt about a bunch of new ones from the comments in this thread – so it’s great that you’ve left this open to comments.

Since we’re on the subject of project management, is another tool which is making quite the hit with web designers, creatives and digital marketers.

Reason being, project task templates are in place for those who don’t want to create a project from scratch everytime. It’s proven a real time-saver for us, and it’s dead-simple, doesn’t get in the way of doing stuff.


The title is wrong and misleading, spreading common misunderstandings. Open Source does not necessary mean Free, either; thus “Free and Open Source” does usually connote something very different. The list is compiled of “free(mium) or open source tools”. But maybe typical project managers still do not understand the whole licensing issue (… “free” as in “free speech” aside).

Great list! Even for today! I wouldn’t put freedcamp at #1 though. Especially since they STILL haven’t released a mobile app. Bitrix24 is INSANE! The functionality and accessibility is almost too good to be true for a free package. People need to try bitrix24. You will be blown away! It is basically a free intranet for your company.
As for David up there pimping some beehive…bees knees…dimwits…thing. What part of “free” don’t you understand? A free trial with a purchase requirement at the end is not free software. What a 14 day trial actually is, is a waste of 14 days of wasted time management.

Great Article Rachel !!! Thank you for sharing..

Asana’s Android and iOS Clients can work offline. On Quora their production manager said they will make Asana fully offline-compatible.

I’ve just come across while looking for good options. Pros for me is that it’s free for up to 5 members (I’m on a small team) and it integrates with slack, trello & google calendar. It also looks great too!

Hello from Australia!

We use Trello when developing projects ( like christmas marketing projects / promotions for Spanish Turron, jamon blah blah..)
We have hard marketing deadlines after which turron etc promos appear on

Works a treat!

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Freedcamp now offers unlimited storage on all plans including Free. Check here – and new plans we launched

I am looking for an excel/project type tool that I can track:

Grants after award is made (post award)
Can use to forecast expenses
Tasks and assignments

Any advice is very welcome!

Thank you!!! is a project management and collaboration tool with free upto 5 users and analytics, unlimited projects, personal assistant, task management, file sharing (with unlimited space) and communication at one place

Cloud you explain the best project planning software for a small agile team?
MSProject Geek works the best for creative teams who want to plan more visually. Check it out. It might be a good candidate to add to your list. 🙂

Nice list! but if someone looking for economical as well as easy to use project management software than Leankor is also a good option. You can read about Leankor and its review here

Thank you for this list. I will try orange scrum

A good list even though you seem to have missed off Planner and Community Edition by PROJECT in a box. we make sure our free products are completely 100% free, use forever by any organisation. Perhaps that is why they have over 250,000 users already. We also provide commercial products for multi user/integration saas models etc. to register and download or check out our Captera listing as well


Hi Rachel,

Great job!

Personally I do prefer , The only available service with unlimited users/projects and all features available for all plans…worth taking a look 🙂

Best Regards,

Hey Peter, thanks for this. It’s not free though.

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3. Orangescrum
this software might be already dead (last version 1.6.1 Feb 2016)
– server not available –

Nah, Orangescrum is still kicking:

For those that have difficulty using Trello as a PM tool.

1. Install or use Chrome
2. Install Plus for Trello
3. Restart Chrome
4. Take the tour and enjoy.

Worth a read, especially for one who wants to get more involved in the PM process. Easy to understand and the links produce the ‘goods’. Whats next! Cheers Rachel.

Awesome list. We’re using Bitrix at the moment. It’s not bad at all.

[…] mobile apps such as Trello or Asana or other project management apps can help you manage your notes and project data, track your tasks and use those idle moments to […]

Great article. Project management tools are really helpful. As a web design company, we can say for sure that such tools are must have if you want to offer good service. For example, we like, but some other tools like Freedcamp are also good.

[…] free project management tools […]

[…] Project management features such as: tasking, gantt charts, and time tracking. (In fact, Bitrix is actually one of our favorite free project management software solutions.) […]

A really helpful compilation of project management software! I used and I would definitely add it to the list. This software really turned out very useful for organizing and optimizing projects. It is very transparent and easy to use, integrated with different applications and besides, quite cheap.

[…] features again in the “Top 10 Free and Open Source Project Management Software” for 2017 by […]

Hi, Our university is using Project Libre as a recommended free tool to do our Master of PM

Hi I am looking for a free online project management tool that helps tracks projects in various stages (like a project pipeline). Can anyone recommend one?

Hi, we are currently using We are very happy with it, because we can share information and track our project progress easily. The best part is the activities management and the Gantt tool that let us create all our project structures in minutes. They also have a free plan. Hope it helps.

Please be so kind as to add us.
StakePoint is free and has a permanent link to capterra:


Hi Maarten,

These products are not chosen based on whether or not they have a Capterra account. I really do try to find the best for this list. It’s all relative based on 10 available slots, based off of number of allotted users for the freemium version, functionality, open source status, reviews, storage capacity, ease of use, and a “wow” factor.

Nice article
Why no mention of Atlassian / Jira ?

Good question, Taufiq. Jira is neither free nor open source.

Hi Rachel,

Do you have a recommendation for free/affordable Portfolio Dashboard Reporting software? I’m aware of plenty of tools to manage Projects but am specifically looking for something that will make it easy to create and update a dashboard report on a portfolio of projects to support Executive conversations.

Thank you

Hey Stephen,

There aren’t a ton of freemium project portfolio management software since those tools tend to be enterprise facing. If your organization has the IT chops, you may be best off shooting for an open-source tool like OpenPPM to keep your PM software free/affordable.

With that said, I’m not sure what your definition of “affordable” is and what industry you’re looking for. Maybe start with LiquidPlanner, Clarizen, or Celoxis? You could also reach out to the folks at Software Advice who give free tailored product recommendations (they make their money off lead recommendations so you don’t need to pay anything).

“Another great tool for project management is ViduPM ( Our team is using ViduPM for collaboration and it definitely works great for us! It enables assigning tasks to team members, Planning events, setting milestones, measuring project progress, and much more!” It is scalable, highly customizable and much more user-friendly than another tool.

Cool product. It’s a little too niche for this free project management software list since it focuses specifically on SEO, but I’m flagging to write about in the future. Feel free to reach out at

2-Plan was really cool! Best offline version of a project management tool I’ve seen so far. Thanks for mentioning it here 🙂

Glad it worked out for you! 2-Plan is definitely one of the strongest–if not the strongest–open source PM tools available.

Thank you very much for the list provided, I’ve found it very informative but cound see ConceptDraw PROJECT as of yet. It might be as well included to catalgue above as a powerfull tool with an excellent online service ConceptDraw PLAN.

Thanks for the message. As of now, ConceptDraw Project 8 is not a free system–it costs $299.

I like your article, it is very helpful to see the various features, pro’s and con’s. Can you comment on which of your top 10 may be best for “Program” management, where someone would want to track allocation of resources to multiple projects looking for where an organization will get stretched too thin and require more help in the future?

Best Regards,

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hi Rachel,
is there any offline open source tool for the same, with modern design and interface.

Hi Touseef! Can you please be a little bit more specific with your requirements? 🙂

Wow, looks like I’ve been out of the loop for a while. Recently took on a project management type role with my company. I used MS Project because it was available in my office suite. I documented 200 tasks and resources… trying to tie in dependencies with predecessors… linking tasks… have hard start dates for some items… things seem to be getting wonky with the timeline. So, I came online to see what was new in this area. Everything here seems to be SAAS, which I’d prefer to simply have something downloaded on my desktop. Are any of these options an improvement to what I have with MS Project? What about availability to download to my desktop as a standalone?

Yeah, the industry is definitely waning more SaaS right now. I did a ton of research on the best MSP alternatives, and used the following heuristics:

In order to qualify as one of the best Microsoft Project 2016 alternatives, these project management software options must have the following features:

  • Detailed reports
  • File sharing
  • Gantt charts
  • Integrations with common third-party apps
  • Real-time communication between team members
  • Task management
  • Timesheets and invoicing
  • You can read about what I found in my top MSP competitors article—there may be a few on-premise options that appeal to you.

    Good luck!


    We are looking for solutions/tool based on project online. Is their any tool that help us in optimize project management in term of budgets and schedule.

    Also, helps our organization’s executives, project managers and team members to quickly visualize and analyze project data to make better informed decisions, faster.

    I think most of the free project management tools listed above can take care of that 🙂

    Great list.
    I’d like to add ProofHub in your list of best project management tools. It is an online project management and collaboration tool that comes with integrated Group chat, quick Discussions on projects, Workflows and boards, Project reports and many more powerful features. Document (e.g. Excel, Powerpoint) uploading and sharing is supported, along with an integrated an Online proofing tool to aid in image and document review.
    Take a look at

    Great post. I’m going to try Freedcamp.

    I was wondering why Trello did not find any mention. I have been trying to use Trello for some time but after some time it gets too cluttered. Maybe Freedcamp would be the right one for me.

    Hi Rachel, thanks for your list.
    I was wondering if you could recommend a really simple calendar-linked tool that I could set up a template for daily communication between my management team and kitchen team for the management of catering orders. The kitchen team are generally scared of computers, so it needs to be very simple and user friendly, which is why we currently use paper and pen!
    Thanks very much in advance

    I also have found Zillable to get a great collaboration and innovation app for this purpose. Very simple and powerful way to collaborate with clients and freelancers. This online project tool is also free. Check it out!

    I am looking for a open source tool which has the following features :

    Supports CMMI level3 and HM expectations
    Real time reports- schedule, Earned value, SLA compliance, Effort, Risks, Defects, variances & (cost if possible)
    Able to automate QPM, Project initiation report, PMR, process compliance, status reports, weekly project status, milestone reports, project closure report, technical audit report, Gating checks
    Synchronize with Microsoft outlook
    Integration with PeopleSoft
    Integration with MSP
    Integration with excel
    Integration with learning center (LC) tool
    Integration with skill database
    Integration with statistical tool/prediction tool
    Integration with sharepoint
    integration with product quality tools

    I’d like to add ProofHub in your list of best project management tools. It is an online project management and collaboration tool that comes with integrated Group chat, quick Discussions on projects, Workflows and boards, Project reports and many more powerful features. Document (e.g. Excel, Powerpoint) uploading and sharing is supported, along with an integrated an Online proofing tool to aid in image and document review.
    Take a look at

    I’ve been working in the videogame industry for about 10 years as producer.
    I had the opportunity to create a free collaborative web tool for project management: Magic Projects. It is being used in a professional setting for 3+ years.
    Magic Projects’ vocation is to centralize task management, planning, budget, resource distribution and project follow-up in a fluid and rational way, through an interface and features easy-to-use.
    I made some videos that introduce the tool and its features that you can see here:
    You can download Magic Projects on my website (

    It’s free 😉

    Hi Rachael,

    Great post covering a number of well thought out and designed tools.

    I just wanted to drop by and mention Task Pigeon ( Full disclaimer, I am the Founder of the company but what I found during my research into the market is that no one size fits all approach exists to task management. What works for one person, may not work for another.

    As someone who always struggled with managing my own tasks I set about building my own task management tool that would allow me to work the way I wanted to. Luckily, for me other people agree, and we have seen some good growth recently.

    Especially since releasing the updated version of our web app.

    It would be great if you could take a look


    Freedcamp is no possible to install on own server

    Great compilation. Thank you Rachel. Do you know if any of this tools comes with an intake, ranking and prioritization capability?

    Thank you,

    Thank you for the list, it was a great jump-start for me. I chose zoho after reviewing your article and trying five of the listed products. I was looking for a simple task dependancies feature, with a Gantt chart or other graphical rendering as a bonus. I’m a small software developer shop with <5 people needing access to my PM. I discovered that most of the free stuff includes neither Gantt nor dependancies (including the top 2 on your list). It seemed to me that many of the free web-based version of products offered little more than a complicated to-do list.

    Zoho is loaded with free features for a small shop like mine, and I've found it easy to use. Still just starting, but it looks like something I can easily grow into.

    Hi Mary

    Orbisoft Task Manager 20|20 at has prioritisation capability. There’s a free trial at


    […] many available project management solutions, you don’t have to look far to find a solution that works for your business’ needs. […]

    None of the software is covering material purchase and follow up in a project, our projects are with 40% material and 60% resource involvement. Can anyone suggest suitable open source software for our kind of projects.

    Balaji Reddy.

    Orange scrum shouldn’t be on this list. It doesn’t contain an auto installer, it is written in cake php, and the program is riddled with bugs.

    A simple and flexible PM Software

    We were looking for a simple PM software and we are lucky to find ProProfs Project. It gave the transparency to our projects what we’ve been looking for the past two years. We are creating tasks, subtasks, generating reports and have also started using Gantt Charts recently. Time tracking keeps all our team on track and we are happy to see our team on one page. The kind of support these people have is tremendously awesome! We get a response within 4-5 hours, every time we need to know about the advanced features. A must try, especially for PM teams in their nascent stage!

    Nice compilation Rachael,

    Asana is very good tool but is not full open source. Behind it I’ve used few project management templates from
    They have outstanding array of project management templates for different phases of a project life cycle.

    Hope you all find it helpful.

    Great article but I think Breakdown Structure ( should be in this list too. Because Breakdown Structure is a neoteric online project management tool that aims at simplifying the way you assign and execute your projects. Ranging from a project as basic as wedding planning to creating a software structure, this multifaceted tool can be your savior. It can work as a project tracker and can help you create online team projects in a matter of few clicks.

    please. I want the employee to see only his tasks. I mean I do not see the tasks of the rest of the staff in the same project.
    Where do I find this feature because I have searched a lot and tried ,
    and will not find it

    Maybe Asana or Trello? They both have really good filtering features. Or Airtable?

    Hey Rachel! I search top free project management app and it shows your site Top 1 page. why I search it? cause I write about a free project management software and I want to gather some idea of this article. I am really thanks to you that you write it well. I already added Trello And Basecamp 3 to This free management project app.

    Keep your Nice work up. Wish you all the best

    I don’t believe Basecamp 3 is free though!

    Hi Rachael,

    Nice article! Though I couldn’t find the best match for me. I work as a project manager in MNC and need your help. I’m searching a tool thru which I can chat with the team members as well as keep an eye on their work. Could you suggest one?

    Best regards,

    ngDesk ( is a free PM tool for customer service teams. On-call scheduling is crawled through with auto-escalations and organization features that keep focused on what you’re best at. Reminders, SLAs, and other automated monitoring keep you on schedule.

    Check out ngDesk’s full host of free features here:

    Hey Rachel,
    Awesome list.Thank You for providing us with these tools. You can also add ProofHub, Trello, Leankor in this list. They bring a blend of amazing productivity features that teams can use to run their projects. Checkout

    Nice List.
    Thank you Rachel.

    Great list. I’d like to suggest one more tool Breakdown structure ( here for project management. It is a project management software to plan, collaborate, organize and deliver projects of all sizes.

    You’ve got a wrong screenshot of Bitrix24 in your article. It’s their HR module, not project management. Totally confused me at first .

    I’d like to add Webris in your list of best project management tools. It is an online project management and collaboration tool that comes with integrated Group chat, quick Discussions on projects, Workflows and boards, Project reports and many more powerful features. Document (e.g. Excel, Powerpoint) uploading and sharing is supported!
    See at

    Thanks for sharing the great list of software. Project management software is important for easy tracking of project schedules, accomplishments, budget, and estimates. I share one more project management software which is also very helpful i.e. SAM. It is project scheduling software system designed specifically to make that paradox work in your favor. It provides valuable information for future efforts. It is very valuable to achieve maximum output at very less time and budget. So, I think you should also add this in your list.

    Paymo is offering again a free plan dedicated exclusively to freelancers – – hopefully we’ll be readded to the list! 🙂

    Thank you so much for compiling this! It’s an amazing list! I especially love freedcamp! The GUI is beautiful and it makes a lot of sense and has a lot of options. I’m trying to put things in place to eventually start my own business so I have been perusing around the internet looking for free business software and Freedcamp is absolutely fantastic! Thanks!

    Hi I would just like to add to this list my free Team Organisation and Personal Task List service http://TASK.CAT

    It has some brilliant features, such as imports for HREF tag’s making bookmark lists easily imported and shared with friends, the creation of Vanity Sub-Domains like and a CSV export of tasks with timestamps etc to be re-used in software like Microsoft Project or Excel to generate weekly productivity reports, the TASK.CAT service also has it’s own system for generating overall productivity reports for each Group/Repository you create and manage.

    I really hope you find it useful as I have put a lot of time into it, kept it simple without too much clutter and there is no advertising and never will be.

    To find out more there is an 8 minute youtube video that explains the service in a little more detail which I highly recommend anyone vaguely interested watches:

    Thank you,

    James William Fletcher,
    Founder of TASK.CAT

    just one more question… does squarespace offer an email platform option?

    Could you please include ProjeQtor and OpenPPM in a future update to this article ?

    Hi Rachel,

    elapseit is a friendly easy to use project management tool that is offering free use for freelancers and startups.
    You can check what we offer for the Startup module at –

    Claudia from Elapseit

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