Open Build Service 2.1 released

The Open Build Service (OBS) - is  now officially at release 2.1. We're delighted with the improvements in this release, including an enhanced web interface, integration with online code management systems and better access controls.

Key Features

Enhanced web user interface

This iteration has enhanced the web user interface of Open Build Service  with features that were previously only in the osc command line client. It now allows submitting of packages to other projects, showing a history of changes and who did them, with associated comments. This means that the full work flow needed to build packages, contribute them to projects and collaborate on them is available from the web interface.

Source Services Screenshot
Integration with online source code management tools

Users of the Build Service may now access a new concept called 'source services'. Source services allow, for example, the automatic checkout of source code for a package from a remote server via Git or Subversion, building a tar ball from these checked out sources, and using them for building a package. It also enables direct download of tar balls from remote sites. This allows packagers to work with external sources without downloading them to their own workstations, and makes it easy to rebuild packages after upstream changes with a single click.

Better access controls

The access controls have been enhanced so that read/write access to a project  can be granted on an individual basis. This allows for tighter control of work flows where needed. You can for example ensure people don't have access to security updates while they are being tested.


This release of the OBS has received many contributions from other  companies, community  members and foundations, making this release a  truly collaborative product. We would like to thank everyone who helped make the Open Build Service 2.1 possible! Special thanks go to Martin Mohring and the OBS team at The Linux Foundation, who contributed the extended access handling.

About the Build Service

The Open Build Service (OBS) is a generic system to build and distribute binary packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way. You can release packages as well as updates, add-ons, appliances and entire distributions for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures.

It is developed by a talented team of developers as Free Software and is used by many Free and Open Source software projects, companies and researchers. Including but not limited to SUSE the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution, the Tizen standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators and ownCloud your secure enterprise file sync and share.

Try OBS 2.1

Reference Server -

The reference server is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions including openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise. It is also used to build, release and maintain the openSUSE distribution.


You can download all the OBS components (Clients, API, Server, Worker) from our download page and setup your own Open Build Service instance.