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GitHub’s Top 100 Projects: What’s Shaping Our Technology World

  • Ake Gaviar
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    GitHub was run through a reputation algorithm to get the network value of each project hosted there. Check the top 100 projects

GitHub’s Top 100 Projects: What’s Shaping Our Technology World
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GitHub network

GitHub is not just a code hosting service with version control — it’s also an enormous developer network.

The sheer size of GitHub at over 30 million accounts, more than 2 million organizations, and over 96 million repositories translates into one of the world’s most valuable development networks.

How do you quantify the value of this network? And is there a way to get the top repositories?

The GitHub network was run through an experimental reputation algorithm and produced the top 100 most valuable repositories.

The result is as fascinating as it is eclectic in the way that it does feel like a good reflection of our society's interest in the technology and where it moves.

There are the big players with open source projects — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and even Baidu. And at the same time, there's a Chinese anti-censorship tool.

There's Bitcoin for cryptocurrency.

There's a particle detector for CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

There are gaming projects like Space Station 13 and Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead and a gaming engine Godot.

There are education projects like freeCodeCamp, Open edX, Oppia, and Code.org.

There are web and mobile app building projects like WordPress, Joomla, and Flutter to publish your content on.

There are databases to store your content for the web like Ceph and CockroachDB.

And there’s a search engine to navigate through the content — Elasticsearch.

There are also, perhaps unsurprisingly, jailbreak projects like Cydia compatibility manager for iOS and Nintendo 3DS custom firmware.

And there’s a smart home system — Home Assistant.

All in all, it’s really a great outlook for the software technology world: we learn, build stuff to broadcast our unique voices, we use crypto, break free from proprietary software on our hardware, and in the spare time we game in our automated homes. And the big companies open-source their projects.

Before I proceed with the list, the reputation algorithm and analysis was done by U°OS network.

As a result of running the Octoverse through the reputation algorithm also produced a value score for every individual GitHub contributor. So, if you have a GitHub account and curious, you can get your score at https://u.community/github and convert it to a Universal Portable Reputation.

Top 100 projects & repositories

Out of over 96 million repositories

1. Google Kubernetes

Description: Container scheduling and management

Repository: https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes

Website: https://kubernetes.io/

2. Apache Spark

Description: A unified analytics engine for large-scale data processing

Repository link: https://github.com/apache/spark

Website: http://spark.apache.org/

3. Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Description: A source-code editor

Repository: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode

Website: https://code.visualstudio.com/

4. NixOS Package Collection

Description: A collection of packages for the Nix package manager

Repository: https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs

Website: https://nixos.org

5. Rust

Description: Programming language

Repository: https://github.com/rust-lang/rust

Website: https://www.rust-lang.org/

6. Firehol IP Lists

Description: Blacklists for Firehol, a firewall builder

Repository: https://github.com/firehol/blocklist-ipsets

Website: https://iplists.firehol.org/

7. OKD OpenShift

Description: A community distribution of Kubernetes optimized for continuous application development and multi-tenant deployment

Repository: https://github.com/openshift/origin

Website: https://www.okd.io/

8. Ansible

Description: A deployment automation platform

Repository: https://github.com/ansible/ansible

Website: https://www.ansible.com/

9. Automattic WordPress Calypso

Description: A JavaScript and API powered front-end for WordPress.com

Repository: https://github.com/Automattic/wp-calypso

Website: https://developer.wordpress.com/calypso/

10. Microsoft .NET CoreFX

Description: Foundational class libraries for .NET Core

Repository: https://github.com/dotnet/corefx

Website: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/

11. Microsoft .NET Roslyn

Description: .NET compiler

Repository: https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn

Website: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/csharp/roslyn-sdk/

12. Node.js

Description: A JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine

Repository: https://github.com/nodejs/node

Website: https://nodejs.org/en/

13. TensorFlow

Description: Google’s machine learning framework

Repository: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow

Website: https://www.tensorflow.org/

14. freeCodeCamp

Description: Code learning platform

Repository: https://github.com/freeCodeCamp/freeCodeCamp

Website: https://www.freecodecamp.org/

15. Space Station 13

Description: A round-based roleplaying game

Repository: https://github.com/tgstation/tgstation

Website: https://www.tgstation13.org/

16. Apple Swift

Description: Apple’s programming language

Repository: https://github.com/apple/swift

Website: https://swift.org/

17. Elasticsearch

Description: A search engine

Repository: https://github.com/elastic/elasticsearch

Website: https://www.elastic.co/products/elasticsearch

18. Moby

Description: An open framework to assemble specialized container systems

Repository: https://github.com/moby/moby

Website: https://mobyproject.org/

19. CockroachDB

Description: A cloud-native SQL database

Repository: https://github.com/cockroachdb/cockroach

Website: https://www.cockroachlabs.com/

20. Cydia Compatibility Checker

Description: A compatibility checker for Cydia — a package manager for iOS jailbroken devices

Repository: https://github.com/jlippold/tweakCompatible

Website: https://jlippold.github.io/tweakCompatible/

21. Servo

Description: A web browser engine

Repository: https://github.com/servo/servo

Website: https://servo.org/

22. Google Flutter

Description: Google's mobile app SDK to create interfaces for iOS and Android

Repository: https://github.com/flutter/flutter

Website: https://flutter.dev/

23. macOS Homebrew Package Manager

Description: Default formulae for the missing package manager for macOS

Repository: https://github.com/homebrew/homebrew-core

Website: https://brew.sh/

24. Home Assistant

Description: Home automation software

Repository: https://github.com/home-assistant/home-assistant

Website: https://www.home-assistant.io/

25. Microsoft .NET CoreCLR

Description: Runtime for .NET Core

Repository: https://github.com/dotnet/coreclr

Website: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/

26. CocoaPods Specifications

Description: Specifications for CocoaPods, a Cocoa dependency manager

Repository: https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs

Website: https://cocoapods.org/

27. Elastic Kibana

Description: An analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch

Repository: https://github.com/elastic/kibana

Website: https://www.elastic.co/products/kibana

28. Julia Language

Description: A technical computing language

Repository: https://github.com/JuliaLang/julia

Website: https://julialang.org/

29. Microsoft TypeScript

Description: A superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript

Repository: https://github.com/Microsoft/TypeScript

Website: https://www.typescriptlang.org/

30. Joomla

Description: A content management system

Repository: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms

Website: https://www.joomla.org/

31. DefinitelyTyped

Description: A repository for TypeScript type definitions

Repository: https://github.com/DefinitelyTyped/DefinitelyTyped

Website: http://definitelytyped.org/

32. Homebrew Cask

Description: A CLI workflow for the administration of macOS applications distributed as binaries

Repository: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-cask

Website: https://brew.sh/

33. Ceph

Description: A distributed object, block, and file storage platform

Repository: https://github.com/ceph/ceph

Website: https://ceph.com/

34. Golang

Description: Programming language

Repository: https://github.com/golang/go

Website: https://golang.org/

35. AMP HTML Builder

Description: A way to build pages for Google AMP

Repository: https://github.com/ampproject/amphtml

Website: https://amp.dev/

36. Open edX

Description: An online education platform

Repository: https://github.com/edx/edx-platform

Website: https://open.edx.org/

37. Pandas

Description: A data analysis and manipulation library for Python

Repository: https://github.com/pandas-dev/pandas

Website: https://pandas.pydata.org/

38. Istio

Description: A platform to manage microservices

Repository: https://github.com/istio/istio

Website: https://istio.io/

39. ManageIQ

Description: A containers, virtual machines, networks, and storage management platform

Repository: https://github.com/ManageIQ/manageiq

Website: http://manageiq.org/

40. Godot Engine

Description: A multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine

Repository: https://github.com/godotengine/godot

Website: https://godotengine.org/

41. Gentoo Repository Mirror

Description: A Gentoo ebuild repository mirror

Repository: https://github.com/gentoo/gentoo

Website: https://www.gentoo.org/

42. Odoo

Description: A suite of web based open source business apps

Repository: https://github.com/odoo/odoo

Website: https://www.odoo.com/

43. Azure Documentation

Description: Documentation of Microsoft Azure

Repository: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/azure-docs

Website: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure

44. Magento

Description: An eCommerce platform

Repository: https://github.com/magento/magento2

Website: https://magento.com/

45. Saltstack

Description: Software to automate the management and configuration of any infrastructure or application at scale

Repository: https://github.com/saltstack/salt

Website: https://www.saltstack.com/

46. AdGuard Filters

Description: Ad blocking filters for AdGuard

Repository: https://github.com/AdguardTeam/AdguardFilters

Website: https://adguard.com/en/welcome.html

47. Symfony

Description: A PHP framework

Repository: https://github.com/symfony/symfony

Website: https://symfony.com/

48. CMS Software for the Large Hadron Collider

Description: Particle detector software components for CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Repository: https://github.com/cms-sw/cmssw

Website: http://cms-sw.github.io/

49. OKD OpenShift

Description: OKD OpenShift installation and configuration management

Repository: https://github.com/openshift/openshift-ansible

Website: https://www.okd.io/

50. ownCloud

Description: Personal cloud software

Repository: https://github.com/owncloud/core

Website: https://owncloud.org/

51. gRPC

Description: A remote procedure call (RPC) framework

Repository: https://github.com/grpc/grpc

Website: https://grpc.io/

52. Liferay

Description: An enterprise web platform

Repository: https://github.com/brianchandotcom/liferay-portal

Website: https://www.liferay.com/

53. CommCare HQ

Description: A mobile data collection platform

Repository: https://github.com/dimagi/commcare-hq

Website: https://www.commcarehq.org/

54. WordPress Gutenberg

Description: An editor plugin for WordPress

Repository: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg

Website: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

55. PyTorch

Description: A Python package for Tensor computation and deep neural networks

Repository: https://github.com/pytorch/pytorch

Website: https://pytorch.org/

56. Kubernetes Test Infrastructure

Description: A test-infra repository for Kubernetes

Repository: https://github.com/kubernetes/test-infra

Website: https://kubernetes.io/

57. Keybase

Description: Keybase client repository

Repository: https://github.com/keybase/client

Website: https://keybase.io/

58. Facebook React

Description: A JavaScript library for building user interfaces

Repository: https://github.com/facebook/react

Website: https://reactjs.org/

59. Code.org

Description: Code learning resource

Repository: https://github.com/code-dot-org/code-dot-org

Website: https://code.org/

60. Bitcoin Core

Description: Bitcoin client software

Repository: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin

Website:  https://bitcoincore.org/

61. Arm Mbed OS

Description: A platform operating system for the Internet of Things

Repository: https://github.com/ARMmbed/mbed-os

Website: https://www.mbed.com

62. scikit-learn

Description: A Python module for machine learning

Repository: https://github.com/scikit-learn/scikit-learn

Website: https://scikit-learn.org

63. Nextcloud

Description: A self-hosted productivity platform

Repository: https://github.com/nextcloud/server

Website: https://nextcloud.com/

64. Helm Charts

Description: A curated list of applications for Kubernetes

Repository: https://github.com/helm/charts

Website: https://kubernetes.io/

65. Terraform

Description: An infrastructure management tool

Repository: https://github.com/hashicorp/terraform

Website: https://www.terraform.io/

66. Ant Design

Description: A UI design language

Repository: https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design

Website: https://ant.design/

67. Phalcon Framework Documentation

Description: Documentation for Phalcon, a PHP framework

Repository: https://github.com/phalcon/docs

Website: https://docs.phalconphp.com

68. Documentation for CMS Software for the Large Hadron Collider

Description: Documentation for CMS Software for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

Repository: https://github.com/cms-sw/cms-sw.github.io

Website: http://cms-sw.github.io/

69. Apache Kafka Mirror

Description: A mirror for Apache Kafka, a distributed streaming platform

Repository: https://github.com/apache/kafka

Website: https://kafka.apache.org/

70. Electron

Description: A framework to write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Repository: https://github.com/electron/electron

Website: https://electronjs.org/

71. Zephyr Project

Description: A real-time operating system

Repository: https://github.com/zephyrproject-rtos/zephyr

Website: https://www.zephyrproject.org/

72. The web-platform-tests Project

Description: A cross-browser testsuite for the Web-platform stack

Repository: https://github.com/web-platform-tests/wpt

Website: https://www.w3.org/

73. Marlin Firmware

Description: Optimized firmware for RepRap 3D printers based on the Arduino platform

Repository: https://github.com/MarlinFirmware/Marlin

Website: http://marlinfw.org/

74. Apache MXNet

Description: A library for deep learning

Repository: https://github.com/apache/incubator-mxnet

Website: https://mxnet.apache.org/

75. Apache Beam

Description: A unified programming model

Repository: https://github.com/apache/beam

Website: https://beam.apache.org/

76. Fastlane

Description: A build and release automaton for iOS and Android apps

Repository: https://github.com/fastlane/fastlane

Website: https://fastlane.tools/

77. Kubernetes Website and Documentation

Description: A repository for the Kubernetes website and documentation

Repository: https://github.com/kubernetes/website

Website: https://kubernetes.io

78. Ruby on Rails

Description: A web-application framework

Repository: https://github.com/rails/rails

Website: https://rubyonrails.org/

79. Zulip

Description: Team chat software

Repository: https://github.com/zulip/zulip

Website: https://zulipchat.com/

80. Laravel

Description: A web application framework

Repository: https://github.com/laravel/framework

Website: https://laravel.com/

81. Baidu PaddlePaddle

Description: Baidu’s deep learning framework

Repository: https://github.com/PaddlePaddle/Paddle

Website: http://www.paddlepaddle.org/

82. Gatsby

Description: A web application framework

Repository: https://github.com/gatsbyjs/gatsby

Website: https://www.gatsbyjs.org/

83. Rust Crate Registry

Description: Rust’s community package registry

Repository: https://github.com/rust-lang/crates.io-index

Website: https://crates.io/

84. Nintendo 3DS Custom Firmware

Description: A complete guide to 3DS custom firmware

Repository: https://github.com/hacks-guide/Guide_3DS

Website: https://3ds.hacks.guide/

85. TiDB

Description: A NewSQL database

Repository: https://github.com/pingcap/tidb

Website: https://pingcap.com

86. Angular CLI

Description: CLI tool for Angular, a Google web application framework

Repository: https://github.com/angular/angular-cli

Website: https://cli.angular.io/

87. MAPS.ME

Description: Offline OpenStreetMap maps for iOS and Android

Repository: https://github.com/mapsme/omim

Website: https://maps.me/

88. Eclipse Che

Description: A cloud IDE for Eclipse

Repository: https://github.com/eclipse/che

Website: http://www.eclipse.org/che/

89. Brave Browser

Description: A browser with native BAT cryptocurrency

Repository: https://github.com/brave/browser-laptop

Website: https://www.brave.com/

90. Patchwork

Description: A repository to learn Git

Repository: https://github.com/jlord/patchwork

Website: http://jlord.us/patchwork/

91. Angular Material

Description: Component infrastructure and Material Design components for Angular, a Google web application framework

Repository: https://github.com/angular/components

Website: https://material.angular.io/

92. Python

Description: Programming language

Repository: https://github.com/python/cpython

Website: https://www.python.org/

93. Space Station 13

Description: A round-based roleplaying game

Repository: https://github.com/vgstation-coders/vgstation13

Website: http://ss13.moe/

94. Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead

Description: A turn-based survival game

Repository: https://github.com/CleverRaven/Cataclysm-DDA

Website: http://cataclysmdda.org/

95. Material-UI

Description: React components that implement Google's Material Design

Repository: https://github.com/mui-org/material-ui

Website: https://material-ui.com/

96. Ionic

Description: A Progressive Web Apps development framework

Repository: https://github.com/ionic-team/ionic

Website: https://ionicframework.com/

97. Oppia

Description: A tool for collaboratively building interactive lessons

Repository: https://github.com/oppia/oppia

Website: https://www.oppia.org

98. Alluxio

Description: A virtual distributed storage system

Repository: https://github.com/Alluxio/alluxio

Website: https://www.alluxio.io/

99. XX Net

Description: A Chinese web proxy and anti-censorship tool

Repository: https://github.com/XX-net/XX-Net

Website: None

100. Microsoft .NET CLI

Description: A CLI tool for .NET

Repository: https://github.com/dotnet/cli

Website: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/tools/

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Evgeny Konstantinov (aka Ake Gaviar) is a decentralist, working with open source projects and communities.

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