The Haiku community is composed of both individuals and groups of people that assist directly or indirectly the development and promotion of Haiku. This section is intended to give information about the Haiku community itself, as well as other communities surrounding the Haiku project.


Besides the Haiku repo that provides the packages that make up the operating system and HaikuPorts which offers a large number of 3rd party software, there are several other repos and software collections that are curated by community members.

The Haiku project isn't legally or otherwise responsible for the contents of those sites.

Software Sites

Help and Support

The primary means of communication are through mailing lists generally hosted by FreeLists. In addition to the mailing lists (often referred to as 'ML'), numerous users and contributors frequent IRC ( There is also a community forum and BeShare, an online chat and file sharing application.

Getting Involved

Anyone can help Haiku. If you love what Haiku is all about, you can get involved. It's up to you what you want to do and how much time you contribute. If you are interested, follow the links bellow to find out how you can help out.

Mentoring programs

Haiku also participates in various programs where seasoned members of the community help newcomers get started with Haiku. This allows us to make more people aware of our existence, and get the new developer on a fast track, by letting them work full time on Haiku for a few months.

  • The Google Summer of Code is funded by Google and targets students.
  • Outreachy is run by the Software Freedom Conservancy and focuses on improving diversity in open source.
  • The Google Code-In was a contest funded by Google. It targeted 13-17 year olds, to give them a first experience of software development. Haiku was participating in all the 10 years it ran before it ended in 2020.

Organisational Structure

How does the community work? If you are intrested in finding out how the community is run, who is behind the project and what are the projects values, then look no further than the links below.