Building a social network isn’t an easy task, let alone a successful one. As developers our job is to create, build, and bring to life the gears and functions of a social network. When it comes to marketing, well that’s a different department in most cases. We build then later deploy, and in order to develop a highly efficient and functional social network we’ll need to use a few tools.
Most developers are switching from building networks from scratch using PHP to highly-customizable social network platforms that give way to flexibility. Below we’re going to cover several of the most sought after open-source platforms that allow you create your very own social network and run it on a server of your choice. These networks will give you a hyphened control over the front/back end design along with a social networks most valuable asset; the database. Let us know if we’ve missed any and which ones appeal to you the most through the form of a comment!

BuddyPress

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
BuddyPress is the social network platform version of WordPress. As you can guess WordPress is one of the most popular CMS’s available due to its quality, same goes for BuddyPress, this is one of the most widely used platforms. It’s absolutely free, allows you to fully customize your social network, and offer your users a unique experience through the use of features such as friend connections, extended profiles, discussion forums, private messaging, and powerful plugins.
On top of the social network platform, you also receive the option to integrate WordPress as your ultimate blogging solution for each of your users. Here you’ll find a massive collection of quality plugins.

Sites Running on BuddyPress

CUNY Academic Commons

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

H-Mag

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Unstructure

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Pligg

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Pligg was created as a social networking CMS. While most content management systems are designed for only a handful of authors, Pligg CMS was designed to manage a site with an unlimited number of authors. All of these registered users are in control of the website’s content. It is a user driven CMS that relies on independent authors’ content and participation to manage news articles.

Sites Running on Pligg

MotoTagz

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Dezinews

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

GluvSnap

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Elgg

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Elgg is a powerful social networking platform that is backed by a growing community of developers and interactive users. It has great usability, ease of use, various features, and offers added functionality through Elgg plugins.
This piece of software offers pretty much everything you need to develop a social network in no time. Elgg uses and regularly operates on LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) therefore if you’re a developer who likes to get their hands dirty then this is the platform for you.

Sites Running on Elgg

Hedge Hogs Funding

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

TeachBox

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

1st Angel Art Mag

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

KickApps

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
KickApps gives enterprises, corporations, small/large brands the power to create an interactive social network based on a one of a kind platform that offers an active, dynamic, distributed and data-structured solution. Build your very own community, begin photo/video sharing, easily add widgets, custom video players, other user generated content, comments, ratings, and much more. KickApps can fully operate as a CMS allowing you to manage all of your social media needs in one place.

Sites Running on KickApps

H&R Block Community

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

American Express Publishing

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Dell’s Community

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Lovd by Less

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Lovd by Less is a widely used and distributed open-source social networking platform that was built using Ruby on Rails. Since it was built on RoR (a full-stack framework), developers will be able to develop using the Model-View-Control pattern, and all you need to go live is a database and a web server. Current and up-to-date features include mutual following, private messaging, comments, user blogs, photo galleries, site-wide friend search, insertion of profile bio, easy to interact with user dashboard, email activity, quick and simple Flickr integration, and YouTube inclusion as well.

Sites Running on Lovd by Less

ImitateLife

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

SchoolPage

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

73S

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Mixxt

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Mixxt is a intelligently designed open source platform that helps you build your very own social network at rapid development speeds. Develop, manage, and run your own community with ease and the help of forums, wikis, a custom design, the addition of photos, and a private network that’s dedicated to your community. You’ll also be able to work alongside other members to build and grow your community.

Sites Running on Mixxt

Design Camp Cologne

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

FuCamp

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

RadioCamp 2010

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Insoshi

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Insoshi housed at Git Hub is a liberal open-source social networking platform written and powered by Ruby on Rails. Insoshi’s source code is free to use and available under the MIT License. This platform was developed by Michael Hartl. It comes with an effective deployment system and version control support. The installation process should take roughly around half an hour. Remember to take your time and make sure you follow every single step.

Sites Running on Insoshi

TomZConsulting

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

Xoops

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
Xoops is an innovative extensible open-source platform that allows you to create a social network with everything you need. You can actually just begin by creating your own blog and then upgrading it to a social network through the use of several community modules. Xoops is written and maintained in PHP and MySQL.

Sites Running on Xoops

Baqains Medical

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

BikeFlirt

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

CommunityEngine

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
CommunityEngine is another open-source social networking platform for Ruby on Rails applications. All you would have to do is drop it into our existing RoR application and immediately begin to enjoy all of the extensible features that you would need to start your very own social network. Features such as photo uploading, tagging, private messaging, forums, blogs, events, and customized user profiles are just the beginning of what you can accomplish with CommunityEngine.

Sites Running on CommunityEngine

WeeBabyStuff

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

TennisMetro

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

BugLabs

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

AstroSPACES

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network
AstroSPACES is mostly named as the world’s firriest open source social networking solution that was heavily coded from scratch. It’s extremely efficient, very easy to use, stable, easy to customize and was written in PHP. It also uses the Smarty Template Engine, and is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)

Sites Running on AstroSPACES

Astro Demo

Top 10 Open-Source Platforms that Allow You to Build Your Own Social Network

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51 Comments

  1. Thanks for including our magazine h-mag.com!

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  2. You lost one of the best: tog (www.toghq.com)

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  3. Hi people this a cool list,
    but you have missed the BEST: HOTARU CMS

    Better than Pligg and Drigg, Hotaru is a kind o fully customizable framework, with a lot of plugins for made your own Social Network (digg clone) if anyone want to try, please take a look on: http://www.hotarucms.org

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  4. @Deep – very good list! Thank you!

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  5. -Great article, it answered several questions I’ve had for a while. I bookmarked your site, and I hope you keep up the good work

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  6. Very nice and simple. I was just looking for something like this

    Thank you for sharing

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  7. Those are all elegant solutions.

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  8. I can’t believe you didn’t mention Pinax (pinaxproject.com). It’s as close to a one-click social site as I’ve ever seen.

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  9. Very impressive in BuddyPress, minimal, simply the best.

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  16. Seriously, no StatusNet here? You gotta be kidding me! 😉

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  20. Nice roundup. I’ve tried Pligg, and it seems very convenient both for users and me.
    Thanks.

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  23. Great examples and I visited most. Actually I am looking for an app to built professional like LinkedIn – but couldn’t find job board or a recruiting engine in any one of this. It would be great if you can point me to the right direction.

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  28. Nice Collections ! I will definitely use one of them.

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  30. Great platforms. Will adapt/create plugins/components for some of these for live video streaming, p2p video chat, video conference, video presentations.

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  31. So amazing collection. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. search: sharetronix. its also a good cms for social media. twitter clone.

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  33. Hello great page I want to read more about this soon…

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  34. Nice information. I too stumbled upon some related and Nice yesterday.

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  35. I like BuddyPress, so simple.

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  38. This is a great set of resources! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Hey thanks for compiling and sharing this info!Totally cool, great for novices!

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  40. What an excellent list! Much appreciated.

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  41. I’ve tried Social Engine (www.socialengine.net), which I like the most. Great UI/UX. Fast. Easy-peazy website management. Strong and growing developer community. This is one to watch. Their number of installs is growing extremely quickly. I liken their culture to Shopify – another eComm brand to look out for.

    I’ve also tried PHPFox (www.phpfox.com), which is good too. Strong and longtime developer community.

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  43. Can’t believe you missed http://communitypi.org it took me five minutes to install and is so easy to use!!

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  44. You missed some of the best CMS for social network:

    http://www.socalsitecreator.com/
    http://www.datingsitebuilder.com/

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  45. The open source gained hold with the rise of the internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Thanks a lot.

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  46. What about Open Source Social Network? The guys at Rosehosting suggested me to install this software however I’m into the unknown here and I don’t know whether I should try it.
    Does anyone has experience with Open Source Social Network?

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