MongoDB Licensing

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MongoDB Database Server and Tools



Licensing Policy

The goal of the server license is to require that enhancements to MongoDB be released to the community. Traditional GPL often does not achieve this anymore as a huge amount of software runs in the cloud. For example, Google has no obligation to release their improvements to the MySQL kernel – if they do, they are being nice.

We promise that we will not seek to enforce the copyleft provisions in the AGPL v3.0 against you if your application (a) does not link to MongoDB database directly but exclusively uses MongoDB drivers, and (b) you have not modified, added to, or adapted the source code of the MongoDB database in a way that would result in the creation of a “modified version” of or a “work based on” the MongoDB database as such terms are used in the AGPL v3.0. To facilitate this, the MongoDB drivers (the part you link with your application) are released under Apache license, which is copyleft free.

If the above is not enough to satisfy your organization’s vast legal department (some will not approve GPL in any form), commercial licenses are available with MongoDB Enterprise Advanced. Feel free to contact us for more details.

MongoDB Trademark Guidelines

MongoDB, Mongo, and the leaf logo are registered trademarks of MongoDB, Inc. Your use of these trademarks is subject to the MongoDB Trademark Standards for Use. For trademark use approval or any questions you have about using these trademarks, please email trademark@mongodb.com.