This is a list of web sites that are running on Perl where the source-code is available
as Open Source. If you are looking for a project to contribute to, or just to learn from, these are all excellent choices.
I've tried to group them according to the level of activity of the project and where I could,
I also mentioned the framework used for the project.
There is another, related list of the Perl based open source products.
Most actively maintained sites
Perl Maven, the web-site you are looking at now is based on Dancer 2
and its source code is available on GitHub.
MetaCPAN, the Open Source search engine of CPAN. It has several sub-projects hosted
in the CPAN-API GitHub organization.
metacpan-web is the front-end written using Catalyst,
and cpan-api is the back-end.
Perl 6 Maven runs on Baildor, a partially
implemented Perl Dancer clone in Perl 6. Its source code is available on GitHub.
(R)?ex, the Deployment & Configuration Management (aka DevOps) tool written in Perl.
Rex itself is Open Source, but the source of its web site is also available in the
rexify-website GitHub project. It runs on Mojolicious.
, The Interactive Fiction Competition. Its web site is based on Catalyst
. Its source
code is in the ifcomp
MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.
Its source code is available from GitHub.
For more details about the development look here.
Mojolicious, the web framework. The source code of its own web site is in the mojolicio.us
repository. There is a list of web sites powered by Mojolicious.
The search.cpan.org clone project, which is not finished yet. Its source code is in the
MetaCPAN-SCO repository. It is written in PSGI/Plack.
Tracert.com providing routing information from around the world. Its source code is in the
tracert.com repository. It is written in PSGI/Plack.
SoylentNews is powered by a fork of Slashcode.
The source code is available in this repository
Dreamwidth is a community blogging service. The code originally forked from the LiveJournal code-base, but
it was kept Open Source. The source code is available in GitHub.
Mailnesia is an anonymous e-mail service. It's source code is in this repository.
Dancer, the web framework. The source code of its own web site is
in the perldancer-website
repository. The Dancefloor might list more Dancer based open source sites.
Less frequently maintained sites
Strangely Consistent, the blog of Carl Mäsak consists of static pages generated by psyde
written in Perl 6
doc.perl6.org, the Perl 6 documentation site consists of static pages generated from
this repository. It is written in Perl 6
modules.perl6.org the list of available Perl 6 modules. Static pages generated by
testers.perl6.org the CPAN Testers from Perl 6.
This is a dynamic site. The source code is in this repository.
rt.cpan.org, the default bug-tracking system of every CPAN distribution runs RT.
Source code can be found here.
irclog.perlgeek.de logs IRC channels. It uses ilbot. Source code
konzertgeek.de is a location-aware search for music concerts in German, runs soonish.
Perl Dancer Advent Calendar is itslef based on Dancer.
Its source code is in the advent-calendar
The Anarchist Library runs on amuse-wiki
which itslef is written in Dancer. The source code of amuse-wiki is in this repository.
PerlTV list Perl-related presentations and screencasts. It is based on Dancer2.
Its source code is in the perltv.org repository.
Most Perl conferences (YAPCs, Workshops etc) run on Act - A Conference Toolkit.
Its source code is in the Act repository.
The cpXXXan project has its source code in GitHub
The CPANdeps project has its source code in GitHub
DuckDuckGo community platform is based on Catalyst. Its source
code is available here.
www.perl.org and some of the related sites use the Combust
framework. Their source code is in this repository.
PAUSE The Perl Authors Upload Server, the thing that feeds CPAN, has its source code on GitHub.
Let's Upload That Image is a simple image hoster written in Mojolicious. Its source code is
Let's Shorten That Url is a URL shortener written in Mojolicious. Its source code
is in GitHub
The blog of Jason McIntosh called Plerd which is a super-minimal, static
blogging software working with Dropbox. It does not use any web framework, but it uses Moose.
Source code on GitHub
Sites with no recent changes in the source code
Spoilerific! allows you to Share ROT13-encoded spoilers over Twitter!
Written by Jason McIntosh using Catalyst.
Source code on GitHub
Advent Planet An aggregator of Advent Calendars by Len Jaffe. Source code is in
My Perl Résumé is based on Dancer. Its source code is in the
Look2remove.me allows you to upload a picture to be seen only once. Its source code
is available in this repository and it is based on Turnaround
a Perl TIMTOWTDI web framework.
Pastedance a pastebin written in Dancer. Source code in
the Pastedance repository.
Dancebin, another pastebin service written in Dancer. Source code in
the Dancebin repository.
PSGI/Plack is the common building block of every modern web application written in Perl.
Its web site is a single static page, but if you insist, its source code is
in the plackperl.org repository.
blogs.perl.org, the shared blog site of the Perl community runs on the
Professional Edition of Movable Type which is not open source.
Nevertheless the templates of the site are available here.
There is also a version of Movable Type on GitHub, but it is unclear to
me what is the license of that, and what is the relation of that to the one used on blogs.perl.org.
Perlybook is based on Mojolicious. Its source code is in the
CPAN.io is a static web site generated (hourly) by running wallflower on a Web::Simple application.
It computes several leaderboards for some CPAN-based competitions, and also renders a Markdown-based blog.
Source code is on GitHub.
These are sites where the framework is in Perl and it is Open Source, but where the site-specific code is not. Most likely you won't be able to contribute to these sites.
The GameCrafter runs on Wing.
Krang. Krang itslef is
Open Source, but probably you won't be able to look at the source code of those web sites.
Everything2, source code in this repository.
PerlMonks is based on a version of Everything. According to this node
a different version of Everything (Everything2) is now open source, but there are some PerlMonks specific things that are not open source.
Thanks to the people Reddit
who suggested quite a few of the sites.
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