Search for projects

Learn how to search for an open source project using Debricked’s Open Source Select.

Finding the right open source project to solve your specific problem can be difficult, especially when you want to make informed decisions before choosing what to bring into your codebase. Open Source Select is Debricked’s database of all open source projects available on GitHub. It enables you to search, compare and evaluate packages based on different health metrics and quality scores.

How do I search?

With Open Source Select, you can search for packages, projects or functionalities and get all relevant information presented in one place. You can further refine your search using filters.

When searching, use a few good keywords describing what you're looking for. For example, try searching for “frontend graphs” if you're looking for a project to help you create nice-looking visualizations, or search for “message broker” if you're looking for data streaming projects.

Search on project names

Enter the name of the project you wish to know more about and hit enter. A list of projects matching the search string fully or partially will be shown.

Search on project functionality

As a developer you often know the problem you want to solve, but not necessarily all projects that exist to address that problem. Searching for the functionality that you're after helps you discover these projects.

Search for repositories

Open Source Select isn't limited to packages, it is also possible to search for repositories using the repository_owner/repository_name format. Keep in mind that the results from this query can be both dependencies that are repository-only, and dependencies that have a package and hold their code in the searched repository.

Search using the pURL standard

It is also possible to search for dependencies using the common pURL format:


The type section of the pURL corresponds to the package manager used by the dependency or the version control system used (in case of repository-only dependencies).

The namespace is used mainly for repository-only dependencies, corresponding to the repository owner.

The name section corresponds to the package or repository’s name.

The pURL standard is also supported directly in the url:{purl}

Here are some examples of pURL searches and their corresponding results:

pkg:pypi/tensorflow → Tensorflow

pkg:npm/react → React

pkg:github/debricked/debricked-cli → Debricked-cli

Refine your search using filters

The most powerful way to search the Select database is by combining project name or project functionality searches with filters narrowing down the results to your preferences.

You can filter by:

  • programming language

  • package manager

  • excluded licenses

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