Roundcube has announced that it is joining Nextcloud as it seeks to boost development and grow the contributing community.

Roundcube grew to become one of the most popular self-hosted webmail/IMAP client because of how easy it is to install, use, and manage.┬áIt is the default webmail for big web hosting companies like GoDaddy, HostGator, and Namecheap that use cPanel. ┬

Will Roundcube Remain Free?

Nextcloud says that they have no plan to directly merge with Roundcube. Roundcube will also not replace Nextcloud Mail, nor will Nextcloud Mail replace Roundcube. Current and new users should expect Roundcube to remain as a stand-alone secure mail client. Both software will continue to focus on self-hosting and privacy.

In a discussion between Frank Karlitschek, the founder of Nextcloud, and Thomas Br├╝derli, the founder of Roundcube, Thomas indicated that he decided to handover the project to Nextcloud because he did not have enough time to continue maintaining or contributing to it due to new family commitments. Thomas added that he wants the software to continue remaining open source and for general purpose as it is and that is why he did not consider big tech companies