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.

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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)

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