Bigdata Licensing

Bigdata is freely available under the GPLv2 open-source license. All features of Bigdata are available under this license. It is our belief that merely accessing the Bigdata database server using the platform's HTTP REST API does not trigger the requirement to distribute proprietary code under the GPLv2 License. The FSF recommends the use of the Affero GPL for people who do not want to allow SaaS without triggering a distribution. See the section on Affero GPL at We deliberately do not use the Affero GPL license.

For organizations uncomfortable consuming Bigdata under the GPLv2 license, we also offer a number of commercial license options, including a free time-limited evaluation license, no-cost commercial licenses to government and research organizations, and paid subscriptions for commercial entities.

Please also see our Support page and contact us directly for pricing information.