OpenNTF was founded in December 2001 by Bruce Elgort and Nathan T Freeman and launched in 2002. The organization provided a hosting site for sharing applications and useful code for the Notes and Domino platform. Projects have included full blown client and web applications, rich client plugins, administrative tools and more. Over the years the scope of OpenNTF has expanded, to include IBM Sametime, IBM Connections, IBM Connections Cloud, IBM Forms, IBM Websphere Portal and beyond. In 2015 we anticipate including content for the IBM Bluemix platform.

Since 2002 some of the stats are:
  • More than 70,000 users have registered on OpenNTF to download code
  • There have been more than 700 open source projects
  • Initially OpenNTF provided a snippets database called Code Bin which included over 1000 code snippets between 2002 and 2010.
  • In November 2011 OpenNTF leveraged the XPages technology and launched OpenNTF Snippets as a repository for code snippets. In just over three years there have been more than 400 contributions.

OpenNTF have also hosted developer contests, webinars, and a collaboration solutions news aggregator (Collaboration Today). OpenNTF has been active in the IBM community at user groups and Lotusphere / IBM Connect / IBM ConnectED. We will be increasing our visibility and prominence in the coming years.

In May 2009 the new OpenNTF Alliance was established. In 2011 the Alliance was replaced by the newly incorporated OpenNTF, which is registered as a non-profit trade organization, as set out in section 501 (c)(4) of US Internal Revenue Code.

In 2015 we transitioned to use the Atlassian suite of developer tools for source control management, issue tracking and continuous integration of projects. We also use Bamboo and artifactory. This provides auto-builds, quicker releases of higher quality projects and direct downloads, as well as easier integration of multiple projects into a project suite like OpenNTF Essentials.

In 2017 we launched OpenCode4Workspace, a sub-site specifically for Connections-related projects using GitHub repositories.