Best Free and Open Source Survey Application – Setup Free Survey or Opinion Poll Easily!

Many a times, we need to take opinion of friends and relatives for simple reasons such as next vacation destination, to decide on party venue etc. There are online services such as Google Docs – Forms (great free online survey app from Google), Survey Monkeimagey, PollDaddy, MySurveyLab etc. They do offer basic free account for you to setup simple and restricted opinion polls or surveys. These are good for personal use perhaps and if you need to explore setting up opinion polls seriously then you need to buy monthly packages. Might cost about 30$ to 100$ a month. Advantage is that you don’t need to have a your own web site and need not worry about backups. But, if you are a little more serious and want to setup your own Poll or Survey site with advanced control over the survey content, then you need to consider Lime Survey. Lime Survey is completely free (donations accepted) and open source. You can easily set up Lime Survey in your web site (Needs PHP, MySQL) and host your surveys quite easily. Lime Survey is one of the top rated open source projects on SourceForge and has an amazing list of features.

Lime Survey Features: (Partial list)

  • Unlimited number of surveys at the same time

  • Unlimited number of questions in a survey (only limited by your database)

  • Unlimited number of participants to a survey

  • Multi-Lingual Surveys

  • User-Management

  • Integration of pictures and movies into a survey

  • Supports 20 kinds of questions and supports 50 languages.

  • and much much more.

Screenshot of Demo Survey hosted on Lime Survey web site. An active Forum is also present for you to ask questions and clarifications.


Lime Survey for free is just a bargain and you could be a professional surveyor! 


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