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Licensing FAQ

Please read the Licensing Overview first. If this FAQ does not answer your question, please contact us at or read the other FAQs at: the Support FAQ, the AppWeb Product FAQ, or the the code FAQ. You may submit your question to the online community support Forum.



Do I need to provide my enhancements back to Mbedthis?

If you are using the GPL, you must make your enhancements available to all under terms compatible with the GPL. If you are using a commercial license, you may keep your modifications private. You are however, very welcome to share you enhancements with Mbedthis for inclusion in future releases. See the Contributed Software section for details.

Will my patches make it into the Open Source version?

The contributors agreement ensures that if your patches are included in the commercial version, they will always be included in the open source version. All patches are examined for suitability and sometimes several individuals submit similar patches. As such, we cannot guarantee that your code will be included in the product.

I'm using AppWeb as a stand-alone web server, can I use the GPL?

Yes. If you distribute your application and you choose the GPL AppWeb license, then you must also make your source code that is linked with the AppWeb program, available to others. If you want to keep your source code private, Mbedthis provides commercial licenses for that purpose.

Can I distribute my product that includes AppWeb under the GPL license?

Yes. You just need to make your source code that links with AppWeb available to all.

Can I prototype using the GPL license?

Yes. You can prototype and develop internally using the GPL license. If you distribute your product, you must either provide source code to all, or you will need a commercial license.

When do I need to take out a commercial license?

If you want to keep your source code private or if you want support and a commercial warranty, then a commercial license is probably necessary.

Can I link in non-GPL code?

If you are using the GPL license, you can link in code that has a GPL-compatible license. If you are using the commercial license, you can link in any non-GPL code.


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