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Course

Introduction to Open Source

Learn how to contribute to, create, and maintain open source projects!

  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Approx. 3 hours
  • Certificate of completion

    YesPro only
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this course

Open source software is open to distribution and modification by anyone in the world - that could be you! Open source projects are not only a way to contribute to the free technology movement, but also a great way to experiment with new languages and frameworks in a welcoming community.

The open source community has created a wide array of projects from software to games to video editors to music to cryptocurrency! The open source community is truly everywhere, contributing to projects by giants like Google or adding to digital public goods for collaborative healthcare efforts worldwide.

Syllabus

1 lessons • 0 projects • 4 quizzes
The platform

Hands-on learning

Don’t just watch or read about someone else coding — write your own code live in our online, interactive platform. You’ll even get AI-driven recommendations on what you need to review to help keep you on track.
Animated demonstration of running code in Codecademy's learning environment

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Practice projects

Guided projects that help you solidify the skills and concepts you're learning.

Assessments

Auto-graded quizzes and immediate feedback help you reinforce your skills as you learn.

Certificate of completion

Earn a document to prove you've completed a course or path that you can share with your network.

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