Project Pier

  • Version
  • Date Added
    (to site)

    May 3rd, 2008
  • Author

    PP Development Team
  • License

    Gnu Affero General Public License (AGPL) and Honest Public Licence, modified GPL (?)
  • Description

    ProjectPier is a Free, Open-Source, self-hosted PHP application for managing tasks, projects and teams through an intuitive web interface. ProjectPier will help your organization communicate, collaborate and get things done.

    Its function is similar to commercial groupware/project management products, but allows the freedom and scalability of self-hosting.

    Amongst its core features are the following:

    Web-Powered: PP is completely web based

    Easy: PP is focused on simple concepts and usability to provide an easy to use solution

    Organized: PP organizes your projects into Milestones, Messages, Tasklists, Tasks and Files.

    Everywhere: E-mail notifications for new milestones, tasks, messages and comments mean that your users can stay in the loop without checking the site.

    Free and Open: ProjectPier is open source and Free Software (Honest Public Licence, modified GPL)

    No Restrictions: PP allows an unlimited number of Projects, Clients, Users, and every other object. ProjectPier wants to help you get things done, not get in the way.

  • Platforms Supported

  • Website

Project Pier

Give your rating »

  • Overall


Installation ★★★★½
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★½

Write a review »

  • 3 positive
  • 0 negative

Reviews 3 reviews | Write a review »

Nouman Saleem
Jun 3rd, 2008, 3:55 pm | #


Project Pier is one of best project management tools out there! I have been using it for about two months now, and I love everything about it!


Installation ★★★★☆
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★
Mark Hendricks
Dec 26th, 2008, 3:09 pm | #


Overall, Project Pier was relatively easy to install by following the installation directions. They made a good point to ensure the required dependencies were available at install.

The program is easy to start using right away, however it’s shortcomings became apparent in the first five minutes of use. Most notable, lack of rich text or any formatting support in comments. I could not create hyperlinks, underline, bold…etc. So for real use, with real projects, with real team members, gobs of text are easily created but all the important details get lost. The whole point of this app is to create a space where everyone involved in a project can readily locate and share resources. At current, its more of a place for everyone to dump and dig.
I read some of the thoughts on this in the forum and this feature was considered of low importance and a hassle to implement. Which goes to show that programmers often concentrate on programming, testers often test away, and the user never sees the useful intent of the product.

Sorry didn’t mean to bash anyone here…

I won’t go into the rest…themes etc…uhh humm…

Overall, the concept is good, the install is good. Beyond that i am going to use for a while and see what happens. I am somewhat hesitant to dump all my current projects into this system. After all, I can easily upload files and text into a folder and send my team an email that points to it. I was hoping for a bit more….


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★☆☆
Usability ★★★☆☆
Andrea Mignolo
May 9th, 2009, 1:27 pm | #


I’ve been using Project Pier since it was ActiveCollab, and pretty much think it’s the cat’s meow. There are a couple of tweaks I would like to see added – the ability to edit the message date as one example – but seeing as Project Pier is an open source project, I can (and should) add that myself.

To answer Mark’s complaint about gobs of text – Project Pier uses Textile markdown, though I don’t think it’s documented at all. The default is to use a restricted set of Textile, but that can be tweaked in /application/helpers/textile.php . The lack of documentation is kind of a bitch, but rather than whinge about, we should all contribute and help make Project Pier better.

There are some great themes available already if you look for them, and it’s easy to skin your own as well.

I think what it boils down to is that if you want project management software that you don’t have to maintain or tweak, then you are probably better off investing in something like BaseCamp. If you like Project Pier and it’s open source roots, jump in and start contributing!


Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★★

Write a review

Review Guidelines:
You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Off-topic or inappropriate reviews will be edited or deleted.

Email addresses will never be published.

5 stars = Excellent | 4 stars = Very Good | 3 stars = Average | 2 stars = Below Average | 1 star = Poor



Open Source Living is a dynamic archive of Open Source software (OSS) spanning all major platforms, inclusive of small to large scale projects. It aims to introduce and inform new users about viable OSS alternatives to corporate, closed source software.

Through its Community Facebook Page and exciting multi-authored publication, Sourced, OS Living houses informed discussion on issues of import in the Open Source field.

OS Living adheres to the Open Source Initiative's definition of OSS. Each software item included in the archive endeavours to conform to OSI guidelines on standards and licensing. Find out more »


Working on a top OSS project? Found something that could benefit others? Send us all the details via our user-friendly submission form and we'll consider it for inclusion in the Archive. Submit »

If you are looking to trade binary options with SpotOption software, make sure to check out this broker review first.


If you find the Open Source Living project a valuable resource and would like to help towards maintaining the site, we welcome donations through Paypal™. Donate »