8 Best Free and Open Source Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) Solutions

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In the spirit of free stuff, I’ve crafted a list of the finest free applicant tracking software solutions you’ll ever find. That’s right; all of the below are available for zero dollars and no cents (presented in no particular order).

1. OpenCATS

OpenCATS is an open source ATS that can install on any local Linux or Windows server and is then accessible through a browser interface. It can also integrate with popular CMSs like Joomla and has an active community supporting further development. OpenCATs was originally built as an enterprise ATS and targets HR professionals, recruiters and staffing and placement agencies.

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

The dashboard for OpenCATS.

Differentiating features

OpenCATS has all the main features you would expect in an ATS, including resume management, reporting, and candidate tracking through the entire hiring process.

Pros/cons

It’s open source so it’s free, and you are allowed to modify the software to your heart’s content. However, that also means there’s no one entity to turn to for support, and unless you’re tech savvy or can hire someone who is, you may run into issues installing, integrating, and running this software. As the unofficial manual says, “the commercial CATS product is a highly polished, professionally supported, hosted software service. OpenCATS, on the other hand, has somewhat less functionality, is installed on your server(s), and is supported only by you — with some help from the development community.”

Useful links

Manual
User forums

Review it here!

2. iKrut

iKrut is a free (but not open source) applicant tracking system that you can access through the web as a SaaS (Software as a Service) product. iKrut has no paid versions but makes money by partnering with vendors who offer premium HR and recruiting services through iKrut.

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

An example of iKrut’s microsite.

Differentiating features

iKrut integrates with 20 free job boards, and it will also build a microsite for your business that automatically populates a list of your current job openings across those sites. Then you can send applicants to the site to allow them to apply online.

Pros/cons

Bulk actions, like rejecting multiple candidates at once, allow you to save time, and its integration with all the free job boards also ensures your openings will be seen without too much extra effort on your part. Lack of functionality with client records (like logging calls) means it might not be a great fit for larger staffing agencies.

Useful links

Demo microsite

Review it here!

3. JobScore

JobScore is a web based ATS, free for a single job posting. After that, it’s $49 a month. You also have the option to purchase credits if you want to view resumes from the JobScore resume database (you can also share ten resumes to the network in order to view one).

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

Post to multiple job boards within JobScore’s solution.

Differentiating Features

All the usual features are here (one-click job posting to the free job boards, reports, manager feedback on resumes) as well as integration of a jobs page into your existing website and the above-mentioned resume database (which is not, however, free, unless you are willing to share some of your resumes to the network in exchange for viewing applicants already listed). Integration with Google Apps is a nice plus, as well.

Pros/cons

The free version is limited to only three concurrent job postings, though the ability to trade unused resumes for access to a database of (according to JobScore) 1 million potential applicants is an attractive one.

Review it here!

4. SmartRecruiters

Similar to iKrut, SmartRecruiters has a free version that makes money off of third party partners (like Monster and LinkedIn). The free version is limited to 50 resumes per month, and then you can purchase credits (starting at $95 for 750 resumes) to view more. Additionally, SmartRecruiters does offer paid versions of the software, starting at $250 a month, that include priority support, training etc.

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

Applicant tracking in SmartRecruiters

Differentiating features

SmartRecruiters allows you to post a job to “hundreds” of job boards in a single click, with a clean user interface and has integration with social networks that lets candidates apply directly from a company Facebook page.

Pros/cons

Responsive support (via forums and phone) and clean design, including the ability to use the software’s full functionality in the free version are definite pluses here; whereas no ability to export and a potentially weak reporting capability are some negatives.

Review it here!

5. Calibrace

 

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

Calibrace’s main recruiter portal

Differentiating features

Calibrace is a visually appealing and efficient ATS. It features unique portals for more users than simply the applicants and the recruiter — it allows for post-hire employee accounts and managers to have special portals. Calibrace is free for up to five job postings.

Pros/cons

The continued employee accounts feature could make it easier for internal hiring. These accounts also allow for a gamified referral system, wherein employees earn points for successful referrals.  

Useful links

Blog

Freemium Features Breakdown

Review it here!

6. Fitzii

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

A Fitzii candidate comparison

Differentiating features

The base software for Fitzii is completely free. They make money by offering a library full of add-ons that you can purchase a la carte. If you want it all-in-one, you can purchase a plan based on the size of your business. The software uses a scoring system to rank candidates.

Pros/cons

Fitzii has clear side-by-side comparisons of applicants in short list format, and it also allows for search by personality and company culture fits. This is super cool, but remember to trust your own judgement. Software is a tool to use but not a replacement for a human interview, so be wary of leaning too heavily on algorithms.

Useful links

Video explanation page

Review it here!

7. Jobsoid

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

Jobsoid’s interview scheduling

Differentiating features

Offering a comprehensive job posting integration (LinkedIn, Facebook, Indeed, Twitter, and others), Jobsoid also offers full integration with your existing company website. Jobsoid is free for one user and one job opening at a time, but does not limit the number of candidates for that single job.

Pros/cons

Takes advantage of social media, which is an under-tapped hiring resource. It also boasts an in-system scheduling feature for interviews. This interview tracking is integrated with a maps feature (awesome) and calendars.

Useful links

Software blog

Review it here!

8. Zoho Recruit

This is a free version of Zoho’s web-based Recruit software, which is limited to one recruiter and five concurrent job openings. After that, it costs $25 per recruiter per month.

Differentiating features

Integration with Google Apps and Zoho CRM provides a more seamless experience for contacting applicants, and built-in custom email templates make communication with applicants much easier.

Pros/cons

Aimed at an enterprise market, Zoho Recruit is very customizable but potentially overly complex for some. Zoho’s great integration with their CRM functionality is potentially offset by the limitations of the free version (including no ability to mass email).

Review it here!

9. Qandidate.com

Using much the same model as iKrut and SmartRecruiters, Qandidate.com is free, with the option to buy services from partner vendors or recruitment campaign media from Qanddate.com.

Free/Open Source Applicant Tracking Software

Tracking a candidate’s status in Qandidate.

Differentiating features

Qandidate’s unique selling points include its free, hosted career site, the ability to publish job openings to job boards and social media sites, and a modern UI with all candidates viewable in one place at a glance. It’s also optimized for the language and legal requirements of the European market.

Pros/cons

Qandidate.com has some good bells and whistles, and the interface is clean and easy to use. However, limited templates for the hosted career site and for emails to candidates hamper the CRM aspect of the software.

Review it here!

Honorable mention

CandidATS

Created by a company called Auieo, this open source ATS seems to be a fork of the OpenCATS software mentioned above. It’s still new, with its oldest version created at the very end of 2014, but might be worth a shot and will certainly be an interesting one to watch.

Review it here!

More?

What other free or open source ATS products do you recommend? Share them below!

Looking for Applicant Tracking software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Applicant Tracking software solutions.

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Halden Ingwersen

Halden Ingwersen is a former Capterra analyst.

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I am looking for Recruiter Tracking System. Can anyone advice me best application.

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Hey Halden,
Great informative article !
Thanks for sharing some free and open source applicant tracking software. I would like to suggest you to add iSmartRecruit in your list, It provide multiple features like Import and Parse Resumes, Organize All Candidate Information and Automatic Reminders & Alerts More Visit http://www.ismrtrecruit.com

Thanks !!

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We use ViolaRS https://violars.com/en.html . It is free and very functional.

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Hi,
Thanks for this article. I couldn’t find the free version of SmartRecruiters. Is there anyone who recently downloaded it successfully? Thanks

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Hi Halden
Very informative article here. When you next update, please consider adding Pipeline to your list. http://www.datahousesoftware.com/pipeline

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Hi JP, Great list of Top free/open-source ATS’s.

We referenced your post in The Top Applicant Tracking Systems Annual Report (2017) (http://blog.ongig.com/applicant-tracking-system/the-top-applicant-tracking-systems-annual-report-2017)

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When applying for a high-level position with a favorite nonprofit, I discovered that its “free” application management software — ApplicantPro — is actually a frontend for refer.io, a spam marketer. I was asked if I wanted to receive additional job offers. Thinking they meant from the nonprofit; of course, I clicked yes. And then…

Not only did refer.io capture all the personal information I entered (including a confidential cover letter), it also scraped my LinkedIn profile for additional data.

It wasn’t ten minutes after submitting my application that I started getting spam mail from refer.io (which fallaciously suggested they were coming from the nonprofit) and — coincidentally? — from another spammer with a familiar pitch. (The jobs they offered were really crummy, nothing to do with my interests or skills, e.g., Avon sales.)

Watch out for free application-management software! This isn’t any free lunch. I promised confidentiality, but if it got out that the nonprofit had been used by the spammer to capture applicants’ personal information, it would be very bad juju.

[…] tri manuel alors que le nombre de CV est élevé, d’autres privilégient un ATS gratuit qui offre moins de service. Mais attention, même avec la gratuité, il peut y avoir des coûts […]

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