5 Free Collaboration Tools For Developers

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Free collaboration tools for developers.

Technology has made it possible for people to contribute to projects and work remotely from just about anywhere on the planet. Pooling talent from around the globe is a wonderful thing, but for many folks it presents some challenges, especially among those who work in positions that tend to be more solo rather than group based. To help connect we’ve pulled together some free collaboration tools for developers to use (or students and remote teams).


One of the easiest video chat tools to use is Appear.In. It’s free and beyond simple to execute. Appear.In is web-based, which means no downloading or installation of software and it’s free to use. Just type in the name of your chat room, share the URL with invitees and you’re done.


An alternative to Github is Bitbucket and it works just as well. All Bitbucket plans include unlimited private repositories and it’s free for up to five-member teams. You can code collaborate with teams, filter views by branch or tag to review team progress and effortlessly track commit and pull request histories.


Hipchat is built for teams and it includes a feature rich platform that makes collaboration a breeze. Secure and private, you an deploy Hipcat on your own servers. It has drag and drop file sharing, screen sharing, private chat and it integrates with just about everything under the sun: JIRA, Zendesk, Bitbucket, Mailchimp and many more. Eliminate reply all emails and lost email communication threads with Hipchat.

Snowy Evening

Snowy Evening is a bug tracker that works to keep developers apprised of issues, but it also enables clients to join in on the conversation too. Having a platform where a two-way dialogue is organized and free flowing. It comes in both free and paid version depending on team size and what features you need to use.


ProjectPier is a free, open source PHP application that helps manage projects by centralizing them for team access and collaboration. You can organize projects with milestones, messages, tasks and files. Tiered access rights allow varying levels of management and permissions. Additional organization can be accomplished with tags and linking messages.

We have no commercial relationships with any of the vendors discussed in this blog, and disclaim responsibility for them and their goods and services.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.