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Redmine Alternative and its Pros and Cons

Redmine Alternative and its Pros and Cons

Many Redmine users feel frustrated with Redmine software and want to find a Redmine alternative. There are many Redmine alternatives available but it is important to know the pros and cons of each before making a decision. In this article, we will discuss Redmine's drawbacks as well as an alternative that has similar features yet without all the limitations.

What is Redmine?

Redmine is a flexible project management web application. It includes integrated time tracking and Gantt charts to aid in managing tasks, bug reports, issues for the Xiphos Research Project.

It was originally designed as an open-source alternative to commercial systems such as Microsoft Project Server or Atlassian Jira Software with additional features like multiple projects support SCM integration (SVN/GIT), workflow engine & plugins system.

The interface can be completely customized via plug-ins: you have more than 200+ custom fields and other options which allows you to create any necessary view on data that's stored inside the Redmine database.

The software runs on the Ruby On Rails framework making it highly scalable when using distributed revision control systems like Git or Subversion. It can handle thousands of users concurrently with a performance as good as medium-sized commercial software like Microsoft Project Server and Atlassian Jira Software.

Redmine is written using the Ruby on Rails web application framework, but it includes few native extensions and also supports plugins so you can add many features to Redmine without changing any source code by writing them in Ruby language.

And since version RC11 you have even more possibilities: now almost all functions are implemented via plugins which makes the customization process faster because for some operations plugin support was added where it wasn't before (like time tracking).

The most recent stable version is Redmine v.0.95 (RC11) released in January 2015, the latest source code of which can be obtained using Git from our official GitHub repository.

The software requires Ruby on Rails and a MySQL database server to run. It works under Linux-like operating systems such as FreeBSD or OS X but also Windows if you install an appropriate version of Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition for your application requirements because this DBMS is supported only by commercial versions of Redmine.

You'll find more information about installing and running Redmine using various virtualization technologies like Vagrant or Docker at the following links:

In addition, there are plenty of tutorials available including video courses that show all steps necessary during installation so everyone without special programming skills can do it just by following simple visual instructions.

What are the benefits of Redmine?

The best part about Redmine is that it's free and open-source, so you can actually download it for no cost on their website at redmine.org! It also has a ton of great documentation for new users to get started.

  • Time tracking with Gantt charts and reports.
  • Document version control systems like Git/Subversion for projects that require multiple versions or file size limitations are not present in the initial stage (i.e. small projects).
  • The ability to interact with your customers by using the built-in forum feature.

How much does Redmine cost?

Redmine is a free open source ticket tracking system that can be used to manage projects, much like JIRA.

It allows you to collaborate on tasks in real-time with your team and provides advanced reporting for managers.

To get started using Redmine there’s nothing apart from an internet connection required but if you want more complex functionality such as Gantt charts, file-sharing or time tracking there are additional features available.

Alternatives to Redmine

Redmine, Redmine alternatives are popping up all over the place. This post will be about three of them and why they might be better than Redmine in particular cases or for a specific person's workflow/needs.

The first alternative is Trac. While it does not have as many features as Redmine, it has an extremely powerful plugin system that allows you to implement almost anything by installing only one more plugin.

I also think that when using plugins on top of Trac, your project management solution becomes even more customizable than what any other tool can offer out of the box currently.

The downside with this approach is that there are certain things that cannot really be solved without touching the core and this is why Trac isn’t the first choice for everyone.

The second option worth looking at is Taiga. It has all the features required to manage your projects in an organized manner as well as track their progress, receive feedback from customers or even contributors, discuss particular issues and easily plan changes/improvements with them.

What I really like about it though apart from being open-source of course are its very clean interface and nice-looking charts which can be generated out-of-the-box using GitLab integration! And they look pretty great on mobile devices too if you ask me. Oh yes, one more thing: everything about it is – forever :)

Redmine Pros & Cons

Redmine is free and open-source, as well as being the most popular issue tracking tool. It can handle multiple projects with different roles in each of them. Redmine offers a lot of integrations (including email notifications) so that it's hard to live without it!

Let me give you some examples:

  • You can easily link your bug reports with particular commits in the source code.
  • Redmine has a built-in Wiki where you can store all documentation for the projects, which is available from anywhere and accessible by any number of people at once.
  • The software also comes as part of many Linux distros (e.g. Debian, Ubuntu), so it can be easily installed and immediately useful.
  • You can add custom fields to your projects' tickets, such as milestones or due dates (or even the priority).

Redmine isn't perfect though! There are some cons you need to consider before choosing this software:

  • The learning curve is steep, so you might need to invest some time in learning how it works.
  • Redmine is written with Ruby on Rails, which requires a server (i.e., hosting). Of course, this isn't such an issue if you choose the self-hosted version and have your own Linux VPS or dedicated server somewhere (they're not expensive!).
  • Another issue worth mentioning is that Redmine isn't able to handle multiple projects with the same name. If you're planning on using it for different divisions of your company, make sure they have unique names!

And finally, some really minor cons:

  • The documentation could be more extensive.
  • One downside I haven't mentioned yet is that you can't use a custom logo with Redmine.
  • The only other thing I could think of to complain about is that the software isn't completely open-source (it doesn’t have a 100% OSS license) and it's not very good for managing large projects, which require lots of different components/modules.


In conclusion: if you're looking for an alternative to proprietary web-based project management tools then we recommend giving Redmine a try. There is plenty of documentation available online as well as support forums which will make getting started much easier - plus it may even save you money depending upon how many resources you have at your disposal. We hope that this article has helped you to gain a better understanding of Redmine and what it has to offer.

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