Best open source inventory management software

Inventory management software is a powerful tool to help organisations manage payments and purchases.

The other advantages of open source are that it's normally totally free and supported by a responsive online community of other users that can make implementation and software management much easier.

Here's our pick of the best for your business.

And for more products and advice be sure to check out our full set of free software downloads and IT business tutorials.

Read next: Best invoicing software for small businesses

Additional reporting by Hannah Williams.

A manager uses a tablet in a warehouse / industrial environment.
Hiraman / Getty Images

inFlow

InFlow offers open source inventory management software suited for small and medium enterprises.

InFlow Cloud provides automatic data backups with a quick and easy setup, with an on-prem alternative available as well.

InFlow includes tools that are designed to help organisations keep track of sales processes, from placing orders to receiving payments.

Apache OFBiz
iStock

Apache OFBiz

Apache OFBizoffers a powerful manufacturing and warehouse management software capable of managing the supply chain, fulfillment, and orders.

Apache actually comes as a suite of tools which can do a whole host of businesses procedures, ideal if you're looking for a one-stop-shop approach to business management.

The setup might be a bit tricky if you don't have an overly technical background. However, once everything is integrated, you'll gain full control and be able to customise most aspects of the software, which is a great bonus.

InvenTree
iStock

InvenTree

You'll find lots of documentation about InvenTree's open source inventory management software on GitHub.

This management tool provides good stock management and tracking, if you don't mind getting stuck in with its Python/Django database backend.

You'll also be able to take advantage of its web-based control dashboard which is, of course, totally customisable.

If you're looking for slick stock management software, this isn't the place. However, for those with good coding knowledge, you'll be able to chop and change this platform to suit your business.

xTuple
iStock

xTuple

xTupleis a great place for small and rapidly expanding businesses to start. So, if you're finding your current inventory management software is struggling with your rate of growth, XTuple aims itself at scaling businesses and is an excellent option.

XTuple offers a CRM and ERP service, open source of course. But to take advantage of its stock and inventory controls, you'll need to install 'PostBooks'.

PostBooks provides - on top of its CRM and ERP systems - an inventory management solution that works across multiple locations and tracks stock distribution. See a full list of PostBooks' features, here.

PartKeepr

PartKeepr

PartKeepr is absolutely free inventory management software specifically aimed at managing the flow of electronic components.

Easy to install and use with your database, PartKeepr is limited but will be really useful in specific cases.

What's good is that you'll be able to track your global stock history which lets you review any additions or removals from your entire stock inventory.

SmartStock360

SmartStock360

SmartStock360offers an inventory management tool that provides real-time insights into inventory, stock-levels and sales from all online and physical locations in one centralised dashboard

Features include automatic inventory updates after shipping, receiving and invoicing activity, low stock alerts, stock replenishment and inventory forecasting reports and integrations into eCommerce platforms such as Magento and Shopify.

The product is aimed at mid-market-market and enterprise businesses that want an agile, scalable and customisable inventory management tool.

Snipe-IT

Snipe-IT

Snipe-IToffers an open source and free self-hosted inventory management package.

Users will receive totally unlimited users and assets but sadly miss out on paid-for features such as automatic backups, upgrades and email support.

Also, it doesn't offer a free trial of its premium plan, so you might have to just take the plunge.

Copyright © 2018 IDG Communications, Inc.