Openverse Now Includes Over 1 Million Audio Records

OpenverseOpenverse Openverse is a search engine for openly-licensed media, including photos, audio, and video. Openverse is also the name for the collection of related code repositories that make up the project. has reached a crucial milestone of including over 1,000,000 Creative Commons licensed audio files in our collection of GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples.-compatible media. When we launched audio earlier this year we included roughly ten thousand files.

The growth of the collection of the year is a testament to our contributors, partners, and audio sources. In particular, work to refactor our Provider DAGs, the scripts which collect Openverse media from 3rd party APIs, led by sponsored contributor @stacimc, helped us reach this exciting milestone. Thanks to Staci and all the Openverse contributors who made this possible!

Openverse indexes audio from Jamendo, Freesound, and Wikimedia Commons. Do you have another source of openly-licensed audio you’re excited about? Please send Openverse contributors your suggestions using our GitHub issue form.