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Apache SkyWalking Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look on the project website.

The SkyWalking project graduated on 2019-04-17


Skywalking is an APM (application performance monitor), especially for microservice, Cloud Native and container-based architecture systems. Support observing and monitoring system from different sources, such as distributed tracing agents/SDKs, through Service Mesh telemetry data.


  • 2019-02-17 SkyWalking officially docker repositories have transfered to Apache Docker Hub organization.
  • 2019-01-29 SkyWalking 6.0.0-GA released. SkyWalking 6 core is production ready.
  • 2018-12-25 SkyWalking 6.0.0-beta released. New protocols for distributed tracing are provided and recommended to update.
  • 2018-11-14 SkyWalking 6.0.0-alpha released. Service mesh telemetry data format, including Istio telemetry format, are supported
  • 2018-10-29 Podling name search complete. JIRA Ticket
  • 2018-10-17 SkyWalking 5.0.0-GA released
  • 2018-09-12 SkyWalking 5.0.0-RC2 released
  • 2018-07-28 New Mentor Ignasi Barrera added
  • 2018-07-13 Additional git repo added: incubator-skywalking-oal-tool
  • 2018-07-11 SkyWalking 5.0.0-beta2 released
  • 2018-05-23 SkyWalking 5.0.0-beta released
  • 2018-04-03 SkyWalking 5.0.0-alpha released
  • 2018-01-14 SkyWalking website on ASF
  • 2017-12-08 Project enters incubation

Project info

  • SkyWalking Website -
  • SkyWalking Twitter -
  • The project status file is here.
item type reference
Website www
. dev dev @
Mailing list private private @
. commits commits @
. notifications notifications @
Bug tracking .
Source code . .
. incubator-skywalking
. incubator-skywalking-ui
. incubator-skywalking-oal-tool
. incubator-skywalking-data-collect-protocol
. incubator-skywalking-query-protocol
. incubator-skywalking-docker
. incubator-skywalking-kubernetes
Roster Whimsy SkyWalking Roster
Mentors see SkyWalking Roster Mentors
PMC and Committers see SkyWalking Roster PMC + Committers

Incubation status reports

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2017-12-08 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist. Please follow the guide to ensure a suitable project/product name.
2017-12-10 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.


date item
2017-12-08 Request DNS (first step after creating podling status page). ref: INFRA-15628
2017-12-10 Request Mailing Lists
2017-12-10 Request gitbox repositories. ref: INFRA-15649
2017-12-15 Grant the committers karma (corresponding github apache team). ref: INFRA-15649
2017-12-15 Migrate the project to our infrastructure. ref: INFRA-15649
2018-01-18 Migrate the website to our infrastructure.

Mentor-related responsibility/oversight

date item
2017-12-08 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2018-01-18 Give all Mentors access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by the Incubator PMC chair or an Incubator PMC Member wih karma for the authorizations file)
2018-01-18 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/contents/projects/skywalking.xml'
date item
2018-04-03 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2018-04-03 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
2018-04-03 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2018-04-03 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

date item
2017-12-10 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2017-12-08 Add all active committers in the relevant section above.
2017-12-15 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts in LDAP.

Project specific

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These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific

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Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?