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A software repository is a central place to keep resources that users can pull from when necessary. One example is software repositories for Linux distributions that help to support those who are using this open-source software to run hardware systems. Software repositories serve the general purpose of promoting collaborative use by offering remote access to code modules and software packages.
A software repository is also known as a code repository.
Many software repositories have significant security features built in to protect users. For example, a software repository may have some anti-malware design, and many have authentication systems to prevent malicious use. The idea is that a legitimate user should be able to easily log on in a safe environment, find specific software or code resources, and get them for the purpose of interacting with the software system as a whole.
There are also some commonly available hosted software repository options such as GitHub, BitBucket and SourceForge that companies can choose from when creating a software repository for proprietary or open-source products.