Open Source Social Network

Open Source Social Network, also called OSSN, is a Distributed social networkOpen-source softwareSocial networking (disambiguation)​ web software application. It has the features of a typical social networking service which can be used to start a private social network. The platform allows users to make friends, connect with other users, join groups and post updates. It can be used for educational, commercial or personal purposes. [1]

History and background

Founded in 2014, Open Source Social Network was initially released with  GNU General Public License but later changed to its own license called the open-source social network license ([2]​).The versions from 1.x to 3.x were not based on Responsive web design. From version 4.0 onwards, which was released in 2015, it provides support for responsive web design.

On 9 September 2015, it was reported that the system search feature had two  Cross-site scripting​ (XSS) vulnerabilities [3]​ .The research team, after being notified, fixed the issue in version 3.6 which was made available on the same day.

In November 2018, DigitalOcean, a cloud service provider, provided support for Open Source Social Network as a one-click application installation [4]​.

On 16 November 2018, the developers released the first Long-term support​ (LTS) version. [5]


Open Source Social Network can be extended via the use of their component API. The website administrator can add or remove new features into the website [6]

Administration area with

  • User Management
  • Components Management (for extending the website features)
  • Themes Management
  • A graphical visualization dashboard.

Front-end area

  • User Profile
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Wall Post
  • Chat
  • Messages
  • Videos
  • Blogs,
  • Events Calendar


Open Source Social Network has the ability to be translated into multiple languages; it is available in 10 international languages viz, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Dutch and Russian[7][8]​. The language translations were provided by community volunteers.

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