I am looking for a web application, which I can install on my server for purposes of project managing, time/issue/tasks tracking. It has to be either free or cheap enough for personal use (or up to 3 people).

I am already considering RubyMine, but I have a little troubles with setting it up on my Windows7 box.

closed as not constructive by Eight Days of Malaise, ale, ChrisF Feb 8 '13 at 22:56

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

13 Answers 13



you could give this one a try, it covers most things you might need.

  • It looks like I will test drive redmine and teambox to make my final decision. Thanks for mentioning on of these! – DarkDeny Jul 13 '10 at 8:17
  • I'll add my +1 to redmine, the responses from StackOverflow suggest its better than Trac nowadays, but I guess that depends what features you need - Trac is definitely a good contender too. – gbjbaanb Jan 24 '11 at 12:59

You could consider the usage of Teambox which has a twitter-like experience for project management. It is open-source and you can install it freely on your server.

  • It looks like I will test drive redmine and teambox to make my final decision. Thanks for mentioning on of these! – DarkDeny Jul 13 '10 at 8:16

We've been using Pivotal Tracker for a few months and have found it quite good.


I'm a big fan of http://www.trackmyhours.com.

They are always updating based on user requests, and since they aren't a huge player, the guys who run it seems to respond to feature requests quickly and efficiently. We currently manage 3 consultants, and 6 employees using the software, not sure if its effective for bigger teams than that... but definitely worth a free trial.

I believe they have iPhone/android apps too, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Note: It isn't an installed solution - we use fogbugz for that - however TMH works better for the time issues. – mike the mike Jul 13 '10 at 21:54

For the mentioned Trac and Redmine, you can make use as well of the free Bitnami installers to set them up easily.


Have a look at trac as a issue/bug tracker tool, it is very similar to redmine (or so I have heard, never tried redmine). It supports integration with MediaWiki and SVN, which together is quite a powerful combination.

Have a look at Things if you are looking for a personal todo list manager. It is the best todo manager out there, and well worth its cost.


LiquidPlanner is a hosted solution, so you have nothing to install on your web servers. LiquidPlanner is an excellent option for task & team management, collaboration & time tracking. LiquidPlanner is simple enough for all of your team members to use, and also comes with a free iphone app.



looked into ProjectPier? It's a free, self-hosted alternative to Basecamp


I vote Unfuddle (www.unfuddle.com). More detail in another question: Free/cheap defect tracking system (think bugzilla)

  • Does Unfuddle allow itself to be installed on my own server? – DarkDeny Jul 9 '10 at 9:00
  • I am not sure. To install on your own server, you could try Mantis or Bugzilla. We've used Mantis in the past and it's pretty good for small teams. – Krosmos Jul 10 '10 at 15:13
  • Unfuddle is a hosted service and cannot be installed on your own server. – James Avery Jul 11 '10 at 16:44
  • That's bad, thanks for clarification. – DarkDeny Jul 13 '10 at 8:14

Take a look at ToBeeDo especialy if you like Gmail and other Google products and want something different that Basecamp and its clones. (Just to be clear — I'm a founder of ToBeeDo)

  • Thanks for your suggestion, I checked it out, but it does not seem to fit my requirements... – DarkDeny Jul 12 '10 at 11:20

There is PoP Project which is nice for oversight on current projects and knowledge transfer on old archived projects. It is in a free Beta mode till next year so it is free to pilot a small project on there and see if you like it.

By the way, I am glad you are focused on web based project management. For us, going web based project management was so convincing that we created a Youtube cartoon that shows why it is so great: youtube.com/watch?v=1DA6DHfiDvE


You should give Review19.com a try. It's extremely simple and easy to use, automatically syncs real-time among your project team and is completely free and unrestricted.

Apart from project / tickets management, it supports in-browser video conferencing as well which is perfect for geographically distributed teams.


We use binfire.com, it is a great project management application and a free version is available too (limited in numbers of collaborators, projects)

  • 2
    Please disclose your affiliation withe the mentioned service, otherwise your answer will be considered spam and treated accordingly. Thanks! – Alex Oct 15 '12 at 8:00

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.