The ABOUT Project: Open Source compliance tool...
plapointeWed Oct 09, 2013 03:32 PM
The ABOUT tool and ABOUT files provide a simple way to document the provenance (origin and license) and other important or interesting information about third-party software components that you use in your project.
You start by storing ABOUT files (a small text file with field/value pairs) side-by-side with each of the third-party software components you use. Each ABOUT file documents one software component origin and license. For more information on the ABOUT file format, visit
The current version of the ABOUT tool can read these ABOUT files so that you can collect and validate the inventory of third-party components that you use.
In future versions, this tool will be able to generate attribution notices and collect redistributable source code used in your project to help you comply with open source licenses requirements.
The tool is available on GitHub under the apache 2.0 license: https://github.com/dejacode/about-code-tool
We are actively looking for users and feedback, thank you for trying it out!
The ABOUT project team.
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