Welcome to the Apache Labs

The Innovation Laboratories of the Apache Software Foundation

Apache Labs is a place for innovation where committers of the foundation can experiment with new ideas. The aim is to provide the necessary resource to promote and maintain the innovative power within the Apache community without the burden of community building.

Research efforts are intrinsically associated with a higher mortality rate and don't satisfy the established incubation and development practices. Labs provides a place for the Apache committer community to collaborate on such efforts - without discrimination of purpose, medium or implementation technology.

Individual Labs are regularly evaluated to determine whether the lab should be terminated, continue to receive support and oversight, or proposed to the incubator as a seed for a new project.

Mailing List

See here for details of mailing lists and how to subscribe/un-subscribe.


If you prefer direct chat, or just want to hang out with other Labs folks, you can find us on IRC on the Freenode network in the #apache-labs channel.

Take a look at the current Labs

See the List of existing labs.

How Labs Operate

For a full description of how the Apache Labs project operates see the How it works page.

Requesting a new Lab

Post a message to the labs mailing list with a description of the lab and a machine-readable DOAP descriptor. Use the handy Labs DOAPizer to create one. And remember, only Apache committers can request a lab!

Getting Your New Lab Started

Once your lab has been accepted, there are a few small tasks to perform to get the lab started and integrated into the site.

Timeline of Events