Hound was created inside Etsy by Kelly Norton and others and open sourced in 2015. It appears to not be actively maintained anymore, with the most recent commit (as of this document’s publishing) being more than 5 months old, and many open PRs unattended to.

Sourcegraph is a good replacement for Hound for almost every organization.


  • Very simple deployment
  • Very simple interface


  • Apparent unmaintained status
  • Poor scalability to many repositories (both performance-wise and UX-wise)
  • Limited filtering available for search queries
  • No support for code navigation (code intelligence and/or ctags)