About Bitnami

    What is Bitnami?

    The aim of Bitnami is to simplify the deployment of web applications, such as wikis or blogs, in order to make them more accessible. There are a lot of high quality open source software packages that aren’t used as much as they could be because getting them up and running can be a complex process. We want to change that!

    What are Bitnami Stacks?  

    A Bitnami Stack is an integrated software bundle that includes a web application and all of its required components (web server, database, language runtime), so it is ready to run out of the box. The Stacks can be deployed as traditional Native Installers, Virtual Machine Images or Cloud Images. Native installers are single file executables that you download to your machine. When double-clicked, they walk you through each step of the automated installation process. They are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Bitnami Virtual Machine Images are pre-configured and include a minimal installation of Linux and a Bitnami Stack. They are available for VMware and the latest version of VirtualBox. Bitnami Cloud Images allow you to run a Bitnami Stack in a cloud computing environment on a pay-as-you-go basis, and programmatically start and stop them. Bitnami Cloud Images are currently available for Windows Azure and Amazon EC2, with planned support for additional cloud environments.

    Regardless of whether you choose a Native Installer, Virtual Machine Image or Cloud Image, you will be able to have your Bitnami-packaged application of choice up and running in just minutes, with no manual configuration required.

    You can read more about each type of Bitnami Package on our Bitnami StacksBitnami Virtual Machine Images and Cloud Images pages.

    What is Bitnami Cloud Hosting?  

    Bitnami Cloud Hosting makes it easy to deploy and run Bitnami Stacks on the cloud. It allows you to select an app to deploy from the Bitnami catalogue and provides automatic backups, one-click server restores, basic monitoring and other features, such as enabling you to manage applications for several clients from one interface. Bitnami Cloud Hosting currently supports Amazon EC2, with support for other clouds coming later in the year. To learn more, visit: http://bitnami.com/cloud

    How can I get my project included?

    Every two weeks, we run a contest to see which application our users want to see packaged next. You can learn more about the contest on our blog and then vote for your favorite app on our contest page.

    What does Bitnami mean?

    It refers to the new wave of open source software that will be changing the world of business applications, the same way Linux changed the world of operating systems or MySQL disrupted the proprietary database market.

    Who is behind Bitnami?

    A secret army of highly trained open source ninjas, sponsored by BitRock.

    What is a Bitnami Stack?

    A bundle of a web application and all of its dependencies, so it is ready to run in a few minutes. You can learn more about the different ways you can deploy Bitnami application Stacks.

    Do you offer commercial support?

    Yes, we do offer commercial support and services.

    Does Bitnami collect any data from deployed Bitnami Stacks?

    Yes, we do collect some information in order to understand which platforms and stacks are the most popular. For this purpose we aggregate data from Bitnami Virtual Appliances and Bitnami Cloud Templates (we do not currently collect information from Bitnami Stacks installed with Native Installers). The information we collect is the AWS instance type and zone (for AWS images), IP address, Linux distribution and version, machine ID, system glibc and uptime. This information is aggregated to help us better understand how our users are using Bitnami and which applications are most popular. We encourage you to leave this tracking on, since the information is very valuable in terms of improving our offerings, but if you would like to turn it off, you can comment out or delete the following line in /etc/crontab:

    X * * * * root cd /opt/bitnami-stats ; ./agent.bin –run  

    (where X is a random number for each instance generated at the boot time) 

    Our complete privacy policy is available online. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at hello@bitnami.com.

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