open source alternative to trello asana and notion - meet Focalboard

open source alternative to trello asana and notion - meet Focalboard

open source alternative to trello asana and notion


uses Golang, Typescript, JS, HTML, CSS

frontend: react.js

backend: Go server

Database: postgres


Focalboard is an open source, self-hosted alternative to Trello, Notion, and Asana.

It's a project management tool that helps define, organize, track and manage work across teams, using a familiar kanban board view. Focalboard comes in two main editions:

Focalboard can also be installed as a standalone personal server for development.

We're currently in early-access beta, and are looking for feedback. So please download it today and let us know what you think.

Focalboard is open source! Check out the source code here, and contribute to the future of this project.


Try out Focalboard

Focalboard Personal Desktop (Windows, Mac or Linux Desktop)

Try out Focalboard Personal Desktop by going to the Windows Store or the Apple AppStore, searching for Focalboard and installing to run the compiled version locally.

If you're running a Linux Desktop, download the latest focalboard-linux.tar.gz release, unpack the .tar.gz archive, and open focalboard-app from the focalboard-app folder.

Note: For Windows and Mac users, while we don't yet offer Focalboard Personal Desktop outside of Store-based installs, it is in consideration for the future (please upvote the ticket if you're interested in this addition).

Focalboard Personal Server (Ubuntu)

You can download and run the compiled Focalboard Personal Server by following our latest install guide.

Download the latest server release from GitHub releases

Building the server

Please refer to the Developer's Tips & Tricks for more detailed steps. Here's a summary:

First, install basic dependencies:

  • Go 1.15+
  • Node 10+ and npm
  • Mingw64 on Windows
make prebuild

Running and testing the server

To start the server, run ./bin/focalboard-server

Server settings are in config.json (or the path specified with --config).

Open a browser to http://localhost:8000 to start.

Building and running standalone desktop apps

You can build standalone apps that package the server to run locally against SQLite:

  • Mac:
    • make mac-app
    • run mac/dist/
    • Requires: macOS Catalina (10.15)+, Xcode 12+.
  • Linux:
    • Install webgtk dependencies
      • sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev
      • sudo apt-get install libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev
    • make linux-app
    • run linux/dist/focalboard-app
    • Tested with: Ubuntu 18.04
  • Windows:
    • Open a git-bash prompt
    • make win-wpf-app
    • run cd win-wpf/msix && focalboard.exe
    • Requires: Windows 10
  • Docker:
    • To run it localy from Offical Image
    • docker run -it -p 80:8000 mattermost/focalboard
    • To Build it for your Current Architekture
    • docker build -f docker/Dockerfile .
    • To Build it for a custom Architekture (Expiremental)
    • docker build -f docker/Dockerfile --platform linux/arm64 .

Cross-compilation currently isn't fully supported, so please build on the appropriate platform. Refer to the GitHub Actions workflows (build-mac.yml, build-win.yml, build-ubuntu.yml) for the detailed list of steps on each platform.

Unit tests

Before checking-in commits, run: make ci, which is similar to the ci.yml workflow and includes:

  • Server unit tests: make server-test
  • Webapp eslint: cd webapp; npm run check
  • Webapp unit tests: cd webapp; npm run test
  • Webapp UI tests: cd webapp; npm run cypress:ci

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