Project: Haiku
Code Location: git://
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This document is intended to serve as an introduction to the Haiku project.
As such, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

About the Haiku project
The Haiku project is comprised of numerous volunteers spread across the globe.
While Haiku supports localization efforts, the primary language is English.
The project is mindful of the language barrier for non-English speakers. To
note, the native language of the majority of contributors is not English.

Design goals
If the ideology of the Haiku project were to be explained in a few short words,
it would be something like this. The software shall have sensible defaults with
minimal configuration required. The code shall adhere to the coding guidelines
and implement the functionality in best possible manner.

Haiku project website

This is the main website for the Haiku project. It contains news posts from
the project, blog posts (from developers, Google Summer of Code participants,
and other frequent contributors), forums, and a vast collection of information.


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

Development tracker

This is the Haiku project's development tracker.
 * Bug reports
 * Browse the source
 * Review changesets
 * Development related wiki (limited write access)


Graciously provided by Janne Johansson, Landon Fuller and MetaGer respectively.
This allows you to quickly and easily search Haiku's source code.
GitHub, while not {OpenGrok, also provides search functionality.

Coding Guidelines

The Haiku project takes pride in code quality. Both in terms of implementing
the correct code, as well as ensuring the code is written in a consistent
style. Learning and utilizing the coding guidelines is essential to
contributing code to Haiku.

Haiku API documentation
Old BeBook API:

This is the current (and in-progress) documentation for Haiku's API. As Haiku
was formed on the idea of implementing binary compatibility with BeOS R5, the
BeBook is fairly accurate. Contributions to Haiku's API book are encouraged.

Learning to Program with Haiku

A developer, DarkWyrm has published a book that is " aimed at people who want
to be able to write simple programs to get stuff done, but never had anyone
around teach them". He has chosen to distribute the PDF versions of the book
under a Creative Commons license for noncommercial purposes.

Programming with Haiku

Another series from Darkwyrm. It is "aimed at current codemonkeys who want to
break into development for Haiku. Here begins a new series of programming
lessons aimed at people who already have a basic grasp on C++: Programming with


"Ohloh is a free public directory of open source software and people." On
there, you can view detailed reports and analysis of Haiku (and other open
source software projects).

Haiku Interface Translation

This is the current solution to assisting people in translating Haiku's
on screen text to other languages. Consult the [haiku-i18n] mailing list
for additional information:

Haiku User Guide Translation

Similar to the Haiku Interface Translation, this site is for coordinating the
efforts of translating Haiku's User Guide and Welcome page to other spoken
languages. Subscribe to the [haiku-doc] mailing list:


"HaikuPorts is a centralized collection of software ported to the Haiku
platform." If you are interested in porting software to Haiku, then this
is the site for you!


Haikuware is a website, which provides direct downloads for Haiku software.
In addition to comments on application pages there are blogs and forums.
Haikuware also holds a recurring Thank You Award and helps fund development
through bounty programs.