webOS Open Source Edition Overview

webOS is a web-centric and usability-focused software platform for smart devices. The operating system has constantly evolved, passing through its journey from Palm to HP, and most recently to LG Electronics. Now, we are releasing webOS as an open source project, named webOS Open Source Edition (OSE).


Powerful and Easy-to-use Open Software Platform

webOS OSE is a powerful and versatile software platform, reflecting the innovative features applied to various electronic products ranging from display products to mobile devices and home appliances. 

Web developers can easily build apps and services for webOS OSE. With the initial release, you can port webOS OSE to Raspberry Pi 3 for use in your own projects. It will be extended in the coming future to be used for other kinds of devices with various form factors.



Highly Optimized Open Source Web App Framework

webOS OSE uses Enact as the Web app framework. Enact is an open source Web app framework which is built upon React UI library and optimized for webOS. Enact not only facilitates app development, but also provides reliable performance regardless of the size and complexity of the apps.

Open Platform for All Industries and Participants

Taking a step further from webOS on display products, LG Electronics is planning to extend the webOS deployment to more diverse business areas. We will incorporate the new features derived from these processes into webOS OSE sequentially according to our roadmap.

Apache License, Version 2.0 has been adopted as the licensing model, to facilitate code change and distribution using webOS OSE. We invite you to join us to further develop the platform, and promise to offer unsparing support.


Except as noted, this content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 and sample code is licensed under Apache License 2.0.