Open Source


As part of the open-source and AWS instance solution, you have:

  • No cost for the software platform
  • Modify the code yourselves
  • Host on your machine or pay for an AWS instance for as little as $0.03/ hour of up-time


Virtual Machines

Preconfigured virtual machine images that contain the full version of the HUBzero platform.

See the Quick Start file inside the package for a step by step method to get the virtual machine (VM) running on your PC.

Our virtual machine images are 64-bit Linux machines created for VMware. Download and install the following software to use these images:


Debian packages

We've used Debian packages to simplify the installation of HUBzero on your own hardware. Follow the instructions on this page: Instructions for a Quick Install

Source code for HUBzero is available through Debian source packages. To obtain these packages please see the How To Get Source Code section of the HUBzero installation documentation.

RedHat packages

It is now possible to install HUBzero on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6. To try out these new packages follow the instructions on this page: Instructions for a Quick Install


AWS Instances

One of the simplest ways to get HUBzero up and running is to launch an Amazon AWS image.

The HUBzero Essential AWS instance is available on the AWS Marketplace. Those familiar with launching instances on AWS can go to the marketplace and get their own hub up and running with a single click in about 5 minutes.

The HUBzero Essential AWS instance is a completely preconfigured and installed AWS image of the HUBzero platform — it has all collaborative capabilities of the Complete HUBzero Platform, except for one: the ability to launch user-contributed simulation/modeling tools as interactive applications. That feature will be part of the HUBzero Complete AWS image and will be available in the marketplace soon. In the meantime, if you need this feature, you may always utilize one of the more advanced installation methods below.

Note: HUBzero Essential AWS instance has a nominal charge of $0.03/hour plus any AWS-related storage/instance charges, and support activities such as the HUBzero Foundation.

For very small-scale use and for demonstrations, the AWS micro instances are generally adequate for running this version of HUBzero.

HUBzero Essential AWS Image


What are the License Terms?

HUBzero has been released as Open Source. Most packages are released under the MIT License. Due to an incorporation of works by others, some packages (like the CMS) remain licensed under the GPLv2 license or other Open Source licenses. Please see individual packages for more information.