ZenTao: an open-source project management system for coders

ZenTao is an open-source project management system for software developers, teams, companies, freelancers both on-site and remotely.

It’s an application lifecycle management solution that facilitates Agile development.

ZenTao has an open-source version and it is released under ZPL, version 1.2.

ZenTao is offered in three versions, open source/community, pro, and biz.

How scrum is implemented in ZenTao project management software

Design philosophy of ZenTao

The main design philosophy of ZenTao Project Management Software is based on Scrum, an internationally popular Agile methodology.

Scrum is very pragmatic and easy to operate, so it fits in the fast iterative development of software projects. However, Scrum only defines the core management framework. There are still many details and processes that have to be extended and developed.

Based on the philosophy of Scrum and with the observation of the current development situations in China, ZenTao integrates bug management, test case management, release management and document management, and it completely covers the entire lifecycle of software development.

In ZenTao, the concepts of product, project and test are clearly defined. Product team, development team and QA team coordinate and check with each other while they function differently. The three teams interact with each other through stories, tasks and bugs, and eventually deliver the product with quality.

Why choose ZenTao?

  1. ZenTao has complete functionalities that means you don’t have to integrate extra tools or extensions.
  2. Open-source code and flexible extension mechanism, and is convenient to deploy and customize.
  3. Underlying framework and frontend UI framework are developed independently; robust and stable with an easy on-boarding interface and friendly interaction.
  4. Perfect community mechanism; you can get technical support and help in time.
  5. The open-source version is available which means you can take free trials without any cost.
  6. SaaS and On-premise available, we care the most of what you need.

ZenTao Functionalities

  1. Product management: product, story, backlog, plan, release and roadmap;
  2. Project management: project, sprint, task, build and burndown chart;
  3. Test management: bug tracking, test case, test request and test report;
  4. CI: Jenkins integration, automation testing, ZTF;
  5. Wiki library management: product document library, project document library and customized document library;
  6. Effort management: to-do management, my task/ bug/ story/ project, and log effort;
  7. Hierarchy management: user, department, group and privileges;
  8. Report: various statistical reports and custom reports;
  9. Visualization: burndown, kanban, gantt, and more;
  10. Search feature: powerful search function helps you find the information you need
  11. Extension mechanism: extensible in almost any parts of ZenTao
  12. API mechanism: flexible for integration with other systems
  13. Notification: Email, Webhook, browser, and more.
  14. Installation flexibility: Docker, One-Click Installation package, source code package, etc.


Dashboard: Where you could find everything related to you
Dashboard: Where you could find everything related to you
Gantt: You could manage task dependencies here and view them by various groups
Gantt: You could manage task dependencies here and view them by various groups

Report: Tremendous kind of report you could check to evaluate
Report: Tremendous kind of report you could check to evaluate

Wiki Library: where you could view doc, sheets, and attachments by module or custom

CI: sync your SVN/GIT repository to do a code review in ZenTao
Burndown: track the sprint process visually

ZenTao versions:  Open-Source, Pro, and Biz

ZenTao is offered in three versions, Open-Source/community, Pro, and Biz.

  1. ZenTao open-source key features are product management, project management, test management, document management, bug tracking, CI management and to-do management.
  2. ZenTao Pro is based on all features of the community version and enhances features including Gantt chart, Kanban, Excel, Collabora Online etc.
  3. ZenTao Biz, aka ZenTao Ent, has features of the community version and pro version, and on top of that DevOps management, Office Automation, Feedback Management and file version management are added. ZenTao Desktop, powered by Xuanxuan instant messenger, enables ZenTao users to create tasks by one-click on the message in ZenTao and follow along with everything related to individual projects in the dedicated channels.


  1. The open-source version is totally FREE
  2. ZenTao Pro: $26.9/user for One-Year License, $59.9/user for Perpetual License
  3. ZenTao Biz: $32.9/user for One-Year License, $69.9/user for Perpetual License


Since first release in 2009, ZenTao project management system has been added with more and more features as an application lifecycle management software nowadays. It covers the complete software development process. ZenTao upgrades the package monthly and keeps boosting the features, take a trail, and you'll love it!

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