Special thanks to those who believe in and support GBIF's open-source infrastructure

Mexican carpenter bee (Xylocopa-mexicanorum) by Carlos G Velazco-Macias via NaturaLista/iNaturalist research-grade observations. Photo licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

The open-source infrastructure developed and maintained by the GBIF network relies on the following open-source tools:


CentOS Linux

Apache Hadoop

Varnish Cache

Open data


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Natural Earth



Marine Regions

Free licences

We'd also like to offer our sincere thanks to the developers and service providers, whose demonstrate their belief in and support of open-source software by supplying us with free licences for their tools and services.


Most non-data content available through is maintained and hosted on Contentful who generously provides GBIF services through a pro bono plan.


In keeping with its support of open-source projects, Crowdin gives GBIF free access to its localization management platform. Crowdin enables GBIF and other organizations to maintain and manage numerous concurrent translation projects, including ones for, IPT and the ALA tools.


DataCamp provides free licences to help improve data skills in the GBIF network.


YourKit supports open-source projects like with its full-featured Java Profiler. YourKit, LLC is the creator of YourKit Java Profiler, innovative and intelligent tools for profiling Java applications.


oXygen supports non-profit organizations like GBIF that are active in Ecology or Wildlife protection with its comprehensive suite of XML authoring and development tools. Oxygen XML Editor includes a large variety of powerful tools for creating, editing, and publishing XML documents.


Zapier is a tool used to connect apps to automate tasks and save time. Zapier support non-profit organizations like GBIF through discounts and free plans.

Sauce Labs

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