About DMOZ

DMOZ is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a passionate, global community of volunteer editors. It was historically known as the Open Directory Project (ODP).

The Republic of the Web

DMOZ provides the means for the Internet to organize itself. As the Internet grows, so do the number of net-citizens. These citizens can each organize a small portion of the web and present it back to the rest of the population, culling out bad content and adding just the best content.

The Open Directory of the Web

DMOZ was founded in the spirit of the Open Source movement, and is the only major directory that is 100% free. There is not, nor will there ever be, a cost to submit a site to the directory, and/or to use the directory’s data. Its data is made available for free to anyone who agrees to comply with our free use license.

The Distributed Directory of the Web

DMOZ is the most widely distributed data base of Web content classified by humans. It serves as input to the Web’s largest and most popular search engines and portals, including AOL Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot, and hundreds of others.

You Can Make a Difference

Like any community, you get what you give. DMOZ provides the opportunity for everyone to contribute.

You can contribute in 3 ways:

  • Report an issue with a listed site
  • Suggest a site for a specific category
  • Volunteer to edit a specific category

Report an Issue

When clicking or hovering over a site listing, the icon appears. Click the icon to report an issue with that listing. Fill out the form and an editor will follow up.

Suggest a Site

When the category you are browsing is open for new suggestions, the icon will appear next to it. Click it and fill out the form, and an editor will follow up. For more details, go here.

Become an Editor

When the category you are browsing is accepting applications for new editors, the icon will appear next to it. If you are knowledgeable about the topic and interested in editing, click the icon and fill out the form.

If accepted, you will have access to a comprehensive set of tools that make it easy to add, delete, and update links. After gaining experience, you may apply for additional, and possibly broader, categories.

With just a few minutes of your time, you can help make the Web a better place, and be recognized as an expert on your chosen topic. For more information on becoming an editor, go here.

Further Information

General FAQs – Want more info? Check out some general FAQs about us in our Help area.
Sites Using DMOZ Data – Category listing of sites, search engines, portals, etc. using DMOZ data.
DMOZ in the News and Media – News, articles and other reports about DMOZ.
Linking to DMOZ – Show your support by linking to us from your site.
Downloading DMOZ Data – Get the directory for your site. It’s free and available to everyone.
Free Use License – License governing use of DMOZ data.
Social Contract – Our commitment and promise to all net-citizens to keep DMOZ a free and open resource.