Black Duck Software Acquires Software Code Search Leader Koders

Black Duck Software, Inc.

Black Duck Software Acquires Software Code Search Leader Koders

April 28, 2008

WALTHAM, Mass. - (Business Wire) Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced it has acquired the assets of Koders as well as the company’s popular on-line search engine for open source software and other web-downloadable code. Black Duck will improve the free online search site and incorporate Koders’ search capability into its highly successful open source product portfolio. With the acquisition, Black Duck’s offerings will save software development teams time and money by accelerating their ability to find, reuse and manage open source software.

Over 30,000 developers each day rely on to search over 766 million lines of code written in over 30 languages and identified with 28 software licenses. is a web site where software developers can find reusable open source code, methods, examples, algorithms and solutions. Reusing open source software frees developers from spending time “reinventing the wheel” enabling them to complete projects faster.

“The use of open source software as a way to speed development and reduce cost is transforming software development organizations. To realize the full potential of open source, developers require a solution for both search and management,” said Douglas Levin, President and CEO of Black Duck Software. “The combination of Koders software code search engine with Black Duck’s Code Center and protexIP products will allow us to uniquely meet developer needs.”

Black Duck will enhance the Koders search database with code and metadata from the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, the industry’s most complete database of open source and third-party code, containing more than 520 million code files, representing many billions of lines of code.

“Black Duck is the ideal company to take over the Koders technology and our developer community,” said Darren Rush, founder and CEO of Koders. “Koders has attracted a larger and more loyal audience than any service of its type because of the quality of our results, and now Koders is strategically positioned within the larger context of open source component reuse. With this acquisition, we step ahead and become part of a comprehensive family of developer productivity solutions.”

Black Duck now offers the industry’s most comprehensive array of capabilities for incorporating open source software into application development.

  • Code search: With Koders, Black Duck gains a powerful code search engine that can search for specific code functions or solutions in repositories across the Internet.
  • Component search: Black Duck Code Center enables development teams to search a KnowledgeBase containing hundreds of thousands of open source components. Developers can internally publish a catalog of approved open source components to facilitate reuse within their own organizations. As previously anticipated, Black Duck Code Center was released in the first quarter of 2008 for general availability.
  • Fragment/File search: Black Duck protexIP™ automates the review of code and finds unapproved code fragments, files or entire components that were integrated into a code base without adhering to a company’s open source review policies. This capability can be used to uncover licensing violations, security issues, unsupported open source and outdated code.

"Open source becomes a key resource as organizations become increasingly constrained financially given a difficult economy – yet this resource must be managed and governed well," said Melinda Ballou, program director of the Application Life Cycle Management service at IDC, a research and advisory firm headquartered in Framingham, MA. "Combining an effective search engine with management capabilities to validate code quality, security and compliance helps to support effective open source usage, to supplement internal and outsourced development."

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development and maintenance costs while mitigating the risks and challenges associated with open source reuse, including hidden license obligations, security vulnerabilities, unsupported open source and version proliferation. The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world. For more information, visit

Black Duck, Know Your Code, protexIP, transactIP and the Black Duck logo are registered trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. exportIP and Koders are trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders


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