We are proud to announce that OpenProject 6.0 has been released. The release contains several new features and major improvements, especially with regard to usability and accessibility. Inline create and inline edit in the work package page makes it easier for users to quickly create and edit work packages.

Additionally, the release contains several bug fixes.

OpenProject vs Trello – A comparison

OpenProject vs Trello: Trello is one of the most popular and user-friendly project management software tools out there.

Let’s take a look at the difference between OpenProject and Trello and see which use cases they cover and where their strengths lie.

Issue & task tracking

Both OpenProject and Trello provide simple issue tracking which allows users to quickly create tasks and deliverables.


Tasks in Trello are easily created via boards. It’s very simple to create multiple tasks quickly.

In addition, it is possible to specify tasks and add some additional attributes. This includes e.g. due dates and the priority.

OpenProject vs Trello


OpenProject offers multiple issue types which can be highly customized via custom fields.

Tasks can be created quickly and provide a large number of possible attributes.

OpenProject vs Trello

With the upcoming OpenProject version (OpenProject 5.1) it is possible to very quickly create new issues in the list view.

Additionally, existing tasks can be rapidly updated in the list view.

OpenProject vs Trello

Project planning with Gantt chart

A key requirement for many projects is the ability to plan and track a project’s progress through a Gantt chart.


Trello does not support progress visualization using Gantt charts.

There are however several third-party plugins which add Gantt charts to Trello.


OpenProject enables progress visualization using Gantt charts both for single projects as well as multi-hierarchy projects.

Gantt charts are automatically filled with existing work packages and can be filtered / configured to meet specific needs.

OpenProject vs Trello: Timeline

Cost and time tracking

An essential feature for any larger project is the ability to track the time as well as the cost spent on a project.


Trello does currently not offer a functionality to log time or costs.

There are however some integrations with third-party tools.


Time tracking can be enabled for each project separately within OpenProject.

Additionally, OpenProject allows users to track costs – both personnel costs as well as unit costs.

Furthermore, budgets can be created within projects to compare planned and realized costs.

A sophisticated permission model allows users to restrict the data that users can see. This includes for example whether they can only see and edit their own tracked time or those of all users within a project.

OpenProject vs Trello: LogTime

Additional criteria

Aside from the differences in functionality there are also additional criteria which should be considered.

Data security is one important aspect when choosing a project management tool. Therefore both OpenProject and Trello offer regular data backups.

When software is open source it provides maximum flexibility and independence: Users can make their own adjustments.

Thus, OpenProject is open source. Trello on the other hand is proprietary.

Conclusion OpenProject vs Trello

In conclusion: Trello offers several fast and simple options for issue tracking. Optionally team members can be invited.
It is an excellent choice for managing individual projects or small teams.

OpenProject has a comparatively steeper learning curve than Trello.
However, it has a stronger focus on project management and provides additional features. This includes Gantt charts and time / cost tracking.
As a result, OpenProject excels in particular when working with larger teams or when managing multiple projects.

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OpenProject 5.0.19 has been released. The release contains several bug and security fixes.

We recommend the update to the current version.

The release of OpenProject 5.0 at the end of 2015 has brought many significant improvements and fixes. The usability benefits from the entirely new implementation of the work packages view are the most notable changes. But even more importantly than the visible modifications have been the program’s improvements under the hood. With using AngularJS for our frontend development we come closer towards a single page application.
Our aspiration is to develop the world’s most user friendly open source project management software. Over the last few months, we came to realize that we would best serve this ambitious goal by a somewhat more focused approach. We believe that the core team of developers serve OpenProject best by focusing on what we are really good at: Developing new features for OpenProject as well as working with clients to customize OpenProject to their needs. In the future, we want to focus on these two things.
That is why we have been looking for a partner to provide support services for OpenProject. With ionas, a Mainz-based IT service provider, we have found a company that does not only have a great deal of OpenProject expertise and knowledge but that also shares our values and open source enthusiasm. Beginning June 1, ionas will be our technical partner for the OpenProject installation services.
ionas – providing services to German and English-speaking current OpenProject users and to-be users– assists in installing OpenProject on cloud- or self-hosted servers and helps integrate OpenProject in existing systems (i.e., LDAP/Active Directory). Another focus area of ionas in the next months will be to provide upgrade support for OpenProject 4 users.
For prospective users, ionas also provides an interesting alternative option of getting OpenProject up and running. The ionas-Server Small Business is a convenient package solution combing server hardware, a software package and the implementation service. A fully functional OpenProject implementation in addition to some convenient additional services such as VPN and an automatic backup are part of the ionas-Server’s software bundle. The server’s configuration is done via remote access by ionas and OpenProject is ready-to-use within hours.
By partnering with ionas, we hope to facilitate the deployment of OpenProject in organisations and workgroups that do not have the luxury of having a tech-savvy IT-guy among themselves. ionas is the one-stop-shop that takes care of all the activities required to install and ready OpenProject for immediate effect on how you plan, carry out and evaluate projects.
More information on the installation and upgrade services provided by ionas can be found in the installation services section.

OpenProject 5.0.18 has been released. The release contains several bug and accessibility fixes.

We recommend the update to the current version.

We are happy to announce that OpenProject is now available in the Univention App Center! OpenProject is tightly integrated into the Univention Corporate Server. This means:

  • It is easy to install: The software package is deployed from the App Center with one click.
  • It is easy to maintain: Application updates are regularly provided by us. They can be easily deployed through the integrated update mechanism.
  • It is easy to use: The users use their UCS login for single-sign-on

Try it and let us know what you think.

Available in Univention App Center

Project management with OpenProject

Setting up and managing projects in a structured way is crucial for successful organizations. OpenProject enables users to create and manage projects as well as to collaborate together with other team members.

Let’s take a look at how to use OpenProject for project management. To make the steps more tangible we’ll use the example of a fictional company – ABC Inc. – which wants to track its projects using OpenProject.

OpenProject 5.0.17 has been released. The release contains several bug and accessibility fixes as well as several design improvements.

We recommend the update to the current version.

OpenProject vss Redmine

OpenProject vs. Redmine: A comparison of OpenProject to Redmine shows how both tools now differ in design and usability even though they have the same roots.

OpenProject 5.0.16 has been released. The release contains several bug fixes as well as performance and design improvements.

We recommend the update to the current version.