Announcing Variman 3.1 — Are you RETS Ready?

Chicago, August, 5, 2009: The Center for REALTOR® Technology is excited to announce the upcoming release of Variman – The Open Source and Free RETS Server. Variman version 3.1 will be available late August/early September and will be fully RETS 1.72 compliant, as per the NAR MLS Board Policy requirement that all MLSs be RETS compliant by December 2009. In addition to being fully compliant, version 3.1 has an advanced graphical admin tool that will simplify editing the complex metadata file.

In addition, CRT is pleased to announce that DIS International, whom has been helping maintain and develop Variman for the past year, is
offering installation, upgrade and continued maintenance service for new and existing Variman users. DIS’ services are useful to those MLS
and Associations that may not have the in-house IT infrastructure or ability to identify qualified outsource resources to maintain or
customize Variman effectively. To learn more contact DIS at

As always, Variman is free to download, install and use – and the same level of support will continue to be offered through the mailing lists.

Variman can be downloaded free at:

If you have any questions, please contact CRT at

What people are saying:

“From the very installation of Variman, it has been a ‘plug and play’ software for us. We started it and basically forgot it was around, while all our vendors and brokers were happily downloading MLS data on a daily basis. We have not been disappointed. If we had to make the choice today, when the RETS provider field is littered with companies offering both RETS servers and clients, I would make the same decision we made back in 2002.”

— Irena Suput
Director of Application Development
Naples Area Board of REALTORS®

“We have been successful in using it for all our needs since mid 2005 and have modified the code slightly to accommodate some refinements we needed. Other than that, it is just as it ‘came out of the box’. Overall our experience has been very positive. It has proven very easy to install and manage.”

— Gary Calfee
Chief Development Officer
RealTracs Solutions

  1. Its been an absolute pleasure to work with DIS on libRETS for the past year and a half or so. His movement into working with Variman for those who need better is great news for everyone!