Get to know Redmine

Much like WordPress, Linux, and other open-source tools, the ruby-on-rails powered Redmine is designed to run on your own servers. Install it—or use a Redmine image in a hosting service like Digital Ocean—and you'll be greeted with a classic web app interface that's reminiscent of the original Basecamp.

Without the shine of more popular project management apps, it might be easy to write it off as a dated tool. Give it a bit of time, though, and you can customize it to fit your needs. There's themes that can make Redmine more minimal or modern, along with hundreds of plugins to add kanban boards, resource management, search, and even a CRM.

Redmine keeps each project on its own page, complete with a landing page that gives an overview of the project, an Issues page with the tasks that need done, gantt chart and calendar tabs to visualize the workload, and a documents, files, and wiki section to store everything the project needs in one place. There's even a News tab to add updates about the project, for a simple way to build an internal blog, and time tracking on the landing page to log everything that's been done on the project.

Working on multiple projects at once? The My page link on the top menubar will be handy, as it shows the issues that have been assigned to you and those that you've reported. You can then customize it, adding news, calendar, documents, and time tracking blocks to easily keep up with everything you need to know. Or, just visit the Home page for a list of the latest news, projects, and a quick overview of what your team is working on.

There's more, too. If you need to track specific things for your projects, you can add custom fields to issues, time tracking, projects, and even users. There's dozens of translations, to work in the language you need, along with LADP integrations to sign in with the accounts your team already uses. It integrations with source code management tools like Git and SVN, to track code changes right alongside your Redmine issues. And if something's missing—perhaps you want a mobile app, or a way to manage customers in Redmine—a 3rd party plugin or tool is often only a few clicks away.

Hosted project management tools might be simpler, more polished, and take a bit less work to maintain. But they won't be nearly as flexible as Redmine. When you need a project tool with exactly the features and workflows your team needs, Redmine's the tool to reach for. And best of all, it's free.

Redmine Resources:

  • Try Redmine online to test it for free
  • Redmine How-tos for instructions on installing, customizing, and moving Redmine data
  • Third-party tools, including compatible mobile apps
  • Install Redmine in a click with Digital Ocean's Redmine image

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