There is a lot to learn about the the EFI and Framework open source community. Without actually joining the community, you still have access to the documentation, source and binaries available on the EFI and Framework Open Source Community Website. However, your involvement will be limited to read-only access to the tools provided by the community. The real magic of any community is when you join and have full access to the tools that the community drivers use to evolve and make their application and its accompanying documentation and tooling. As a community member, you will have access to the following:

As you can see, there is a lot at your disposal as a community member. Excited yet? If so, learn how to get involved here.


In June of 2004 Intel announced that it would release the “Foundation Code” of its next generation firmware technology - a successor to the PC BIOS - under an open source license later in the year. The Foundation Code, developed by Intel as part of a project code named Tiano, is Intel’s “preferred implementation” of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Specification. The code to be released includes the core of the Foundation Code as well as a driver development kit. To follow through with its intentions to release the code as open source, Intel partnered with Collabnet, an industry leader in providing tools and services to support an open source initiative, to create a community for this effort. The result of this partnership is this Open Source Website.

Since there are more projects that are EFI-based working in parallel with the Foundation Code, it was decided to release the EFI Shell Application and the EFI Self Certification Test (SCT) project to the open source community.

Philosophy and Vision

It is Intel’s hope that the EFI and Framework Open Source Community website will promote collaboration and innovation around the open source code contained with it, as well as the EFI Specification in general. Intel is dedicated to fostering the growth of this community through shared governance with key individuals and companies involved in evolution of pre-boot firmware, with a goal to support the investment in innovation of all modern platform, silicon and systems vendors worldwide. As such the primary focus of the EFI community is to:

As the EDK and other EFI-based projects constitute the primary focus of the EFI and Framework Open Source Community, the key objectives for these projects are: