eBay has launched an open source developer website to encourage the creation of new applications for its auction site and PayPal online payment service.
The eBay Community Codebase site gives developers the source code for existing eBay applications and tools and allows them to collaborate on projects with others.
eBay’s Codebase is being hosted by CollabNet, which enables developers across different regions and time zones to work together on projects.
PayPal is expected to come under increasing pressure as a payment solution once search company Google launches its expected alternative online payment solution later this year.
PayPal currently generates around a quarter of eBay’s sales and is touted as a payment solution for other websites, but Google wants a slice of this market.
Opening up PayPal to outside developers could help give PayPal a boost and keep it generating sales for eBay.