Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about Revive Adserver

What is Revive Adserver?

Revive Adserver is a free, open source ad serving system. Please read the page with more information about Revive Adserver.

How much does it cost to use Revive Adserver?

Revive Adserver is free, open source software. You can download it free of charge and and install it on your own server(s). You will have to pay for your own server(s), of course.

Where can I download Revive Adserver?

The most recent version of Revive Adserver is available for download at any time from the Downloads page.

What are the technical requirements to run Revive Adserver?

Please review the page listing the Technical requirements for Revive Adserver in full detail.

How do I install Revive Adserver?

Please read our Instructions for the installation of Revive Adserver.

How can I use Revive Adserver without installing it myself?

If you’re keen on using Revive Adserver but don’t have the time, the skills, or the resources to install it yourself, then don’t worry. There is also a Revive Adserver Hosted edition. Starting for as little as $10 a month, you can be up in running in no time!

Is Revive Adserver compatible with OpenX Source?

Yes, Revive Adserver is the official successor of OpenX Source version 2.8. You can upgrade from OpenX Source to Revive Adserver, and retain all existing data about advertisers, campaigns, banners, websites and zones, including all of your existing statistics.

How do I upgrade from an earlier version or from OpenX Source?

Please read our Instructions for upgrading Revive Adserver.

Does Revive Adserver support VAST 2.0?

Please read the article Can Revive Adserver support VAST 2.0? on our blog.

Does Revive Adserver support asynchronous tags?

Yes, with the release of version 3.2 in April 2015, the Revive Adserver supports asynchronous tags (also referred to as async tags, or lazy loading).

The benefit is that a website that contains these asynchronous tags will continue to work even if the ad server, for whatever reason, is slow or not responding.

Does Revive Adserver support rich media ads made using Flash?

Yes, we support Flash banners, we’ve published a full page of guidelines and tips for developing and uploading Flash files in Revive Adserver. Be aware that support for displaying Flash content has been removed from all modern browsers. If you’re unable to get banners using Flash displayed through Revive Adserver, the most likely cause is that the browser being used no longer supports Flash. Instead of using Flash, we recommend the use of HTML5 material.

Does Revive Adserver support displaying Google AdSense tags?

Yes, you can display Google AdSense ad tags through Revive Adserver. We’ve published a full page of information and instructions on adding Google AdSense tags in Revive Adserver.

Does Revive Adserver support Geotargeting?

Yes, the software has a geotargeting feature that can be enabled with just 2 clicks. Please read this page with information about the Revive Adserver geotargeting feature, including links to relevant articles and download locations.

Has Revive Adserver been certified?

Revive Adserver is a software package that anyone can download and then host on their own server(s). As such, certifying organisations like the IAB, or companies like Google with the 3rd party ad server certification program, are unable to certify the software itself. After all, even if the software is very good (and we believe it is), it is possible to implement it very badly and still end up with an unreliable ad server application.

Individual implementations of Revive Adserver can be certified, and there are many known cases where this has been successful. For example, Platform IQ, the company owned by Revive Adserver team member Erik Geurts, hosts a video ad server implementation based on Revive Adserver and the commercially available VAST2 plugin VidiX. This implementation has been certified by Google for their “VAST InStream” requirements, allowing the pre-roll video advertisements to be displayed on YouTube. Google calls this a 3PAS (third party ad server) certification.

Where can I get support for Revive Adserver?

Please read our Support for Revive Adserver page to learn more about your support options.

Are there other support options for Revive Adserver?

There are numerous service providers in the areas of training and consulting, hosting, plugin development and other services. The Revive Adserver project team is compiling lists of providers in each category, these lists will be published later.

How can I contribute to the Revive Adserver open source project?

You can contribute financially by sponsoring the project via our Patreon program.

If you are a developer, you can help by contributing to the Revive Adserver project on Github.

If you are a security researcher, you can help contribute to make and keep Revive Adserver safe, by joining us on the Revive Adserver pages at HackerOne.

If you are a user, manager, or administrator, you can join the conversation on the Revive Adserver Community Forums.

I’m not a developer, is there another way I can contribute?

Other ways to contribute are by reporting bugs, by submitting requests for new features or improvements to existing features, and by participating in the community of Revive Adserver users.

Anyone can help translate the Revive Adserver software into one of the non-English languages.

Please consider telling others about our project by telling your friends, your colleagues, your boss or the world at large about us. A tweet, a Facebook update, a message on LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, anything you can do is highly appreciated!.

How can I stay up to date about Revive Adserver?

You can read the official Revive Adserver blog, and you can follow us on Twitter. If you are a Github member, you can watch the development project on Github to receive notifications about issues, pull requests and commits.

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