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Dmoz returns under a new name: Curlie

As we all know, on Mar 17, 2017 Dmoz (also known as the Open Directory Project) shut down after more than 18 years with this message.

As of Mar 17, 2017, is no longer available.

The editors have set up a static mirror here.

If you are interested in staying in touch with the DMOZ community,

please visit

Thank you all, especially the editors, for your interest and dedication to this project.

What most people don't know is that some senior editors along with a former staff member worked diligently behind the curtains to secure the files and setup a new version at As of Monday they are now officially in business, they sent out this email to all former editors:

Dear [editor],

This email is going out to all who edited at the DMOZ directory at the time of its demise in early 2017. As many of you know, the directory did not die when went off the air – several months later, a new initiative named Curlie was launched to continue the proud legacy of DMOZ, with all of its data and most of its software, but running on new servers and a new domain: Editing resumed at that time, and a small but active crew of editors has been keeping the directory’s categories updated; while the continuation as Curlie wasn’t exactly a secret (see the Wikipedia entry for DMOZ, for example), we kept a low profile as we worked to sort through bugs, infrastructure issues, and the complications imposed by Europe’s GDPR law.

We are happy to announce that Curlie is now official – we have registered as a non-profit organization (“Curlie Project, Inc.”), have a new privacy policy, and are accepting new editors. Of course our doors are open to all former editors in good standing as well. In fact, if your account was active at DMOZ as of March 2017, you’ll find that your login still works at Curlie. The first time you log in, you’ll be asked to acknowledge the new privacy policy, which governs how Curlie treats personal data. Once you’re in, you’ll find that the forums still work, as do all the editing functions. So swing on by, do some editing, and spread the word about Curlie. Many of our categories are in need of some fresh new listings, so dive right in!

Curlie is not meant to be just a clone of DMOZ – we have many ideas on how to improve on the directory, with new features, different ways of presenting the data, and new ways to involve the public. We welcome your ideas as well, so please come say hi at the forums and join in the discussion.

We hope to see you soon,

The Curlie Admins