Projects introduction

Get an introduction how to work with projects in OpenProject. To start collaboration in OpenProject, you first have to set up a new project.

A project is defined as a temporary, goal-driven effort to create a unique output. A project has clearly defined phases, a start and an end date, and its success is measured by whether it meets its stated objectives. A project in OpenProject can be understood as a project as defined above. Also, it can be set up as a “workspace” for teams to collaborate on one common topic, e.g. to organize a department.

Feature Documentation for
Open project Select and open an existing project.
Create a new project How to create a new project?
View all projects How to get an overview about all my projects?
Advanced project settings Configure further advanced settings for your project.

Open an existing project

In order to open an existing project, click on the Select a project button on the top left corner of the header, and click the project which you want to open.

You can also start typing in a project name to filter for the project’s title.

open project

Project and subproject are displayed according to their hierarchy in the drop-down menu.

Subproject is definded as a child project of another project. Subprojects can be used to display a hierarchy of projects. Several filter options (e.g. in work package list and timeline) can be applied only to the current project and its subprojects.

project hierarchy

Also, you will see your newest projects on the application landing page in the Projects section. Here you can simply click on one of the newest visible projects to open it.


Create a new project

To create a new project, click the Select a project button in the top left corner of the header and select + Project.


Also, you can click the green button + Project directly on the system’s home screen in the Project section.


  • Enter a name for your project and click the blue Create button.


Now, you can get started working in your project.

To configure further project information, see the advanced settings section in the project admin guide.

View all projects

To view all your projects where you are a member, click on the View all projects link on the Select a project drop-down menu.

view all proejcts

You will see a list with all your projects and its details.

view all projects

Advanced Project Settings

In our detailed user guide you can find out how to configure further advanced project settings for your projects, e.g. description, project hierarchy or setting it to public.