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Elgg (software)

Elgg is open source social networking software that provides individuals and organizations with the components needed to create an online social environment. It offers blogging, microblogging, file sharing, networking, groups and a number of other features.



Elgg was founded in 2004 by Ben Werdmuller von Elgg and David Tosh. Combining their experience - Werdmuller was a web entrepreneur who had been building and facilitating online communities since 1995, while Tosh was a postgraduate student in online education - they created a social networking approach to e-learning[1], with the latter designing the architecture and writing most of the code. Subsequently, they founded the company Curverider Ltd to continue the development of the software and to provide Elgg-related services. Elgg has since become a cross-purpose open source social networking platform.

In April 2009, Werdmuller decided to leave the project[2]. In May 2010 a hosted version of Elgg launched in beta. In December 2010, Curverider was acquired by Thematic Networks and Elgg was transferred to a non-profit foundation[3][4][5].

Elgg is free to download and use. It is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software Foundation. Elgg runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) platform. Elgg is used as the engine of the N-1/Lorea, the main social network of the Spanish 15-M political movement.[6]

In April 2010 a multiple site version of Elgg was released by the former core developer Marcus Povey [7]. As of February 2012 this project can be found on Github [8].

Current Version : Elgg 1.8.5 (As of 20th May 2012)

Sites powered by Elgg

Here is a list of some sites powered by Elgg

  • Oxfam
  • Royal College of British Architects
  • Australian Government
  • British Government
  • Federal Canadian Government
  • New Zealand Ministry of Education
  • State of Ohio, USA
  • The World Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Canadian Employment and Immigration Union
  • Tides Canada
  • Aerospace
  • NASA
  • The Executive Lounge
  • Hill and Knowlton
  • Institute of Executive Coaching
  • Interactive Games & Entertainment Association
  • Live Out There
  • UnltdWorld
  • Wiley Publishing
  • Harvard University Extension School
  • Saugus School District
  • Stanford University
  • Think Global School
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Calgary, Grid Research Centre
  • Universite Lille 1
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Oregon State University
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • University of Florida

External Elgg related projects

Commercial elgg stores and Elgg Developers

See also

  • Comparison of social networking software
  • Social software


  1. Elgg - social network software for education ReadWriteWeb, 2006.
  2. End of an era, start of a new one, 2009.
  3. A foundation, acquisition and change, 2010.
  4. The Elgg Foundation, 2010.
  5. The Elgg Foundation, 2010.
  6. ''N-1, red social del movimiento #15M''
  7. Multiple site support with MP's Multisite Elgg
  8. Elgg Multisite Project

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