Initial release Before 1988 (1988)
Stable release 9.01 (April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)) [±]
Written in C
Operating system Unix, Linux
Type Groupware
License GPLv3
Screenshot of citadel groupware 2011

Citadel/UX (typically referred to simply as "Citadel") is a collaboration suite (messaging and groupware) that is descended from the Citadel family of programs which became popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a bulletin board system platform. It is designed to run on open source operating systems such as Linux or BSD. Although it is being used for many bulletin board systems, in 1998 the developers began to expand its functionality to a general purpose groupware platform.

In order to modernize the Citadel platform for the Internet, the Citadel/UX developers added functionality such as shared calendars, instant messaging, and built-in implementations of Internet protocols such as SMTP, IMAP, Sieve, POP3, GroupDAV and XMPP. All protocols offer OpenSSL encryption for additional security.

Users of Citadel/UX systems also have available to them a web-based user interface which employs Ajax style functionality to allow application-like interaction with the system.

Citadel uses the Berkeley DB database for all of its data stores, including the message base.

Citadel/UX became free and open-source software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) in 1999.[1] In 2007 Citadel was relicensed to the GPLv3.[2]


  1. Announcement from 1999 on Citadel becoming a GPL groupware product on
  2. Citadel adopts GPLv3 "The developers of the Citadel messaging and collaboration system are pleased to announce that we are now releasing all of our software under version 3 of the GNU General Public License." (2007/07/30)

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