MinIO is dual licensed under GNU AGPL v3 and commercial license.
The GNU AGPL v3 is designed for developers who are building open source applications in compliance with the GNU AGPL v3 license and are able to support themselves. It is fully featured. If you distribute, host or create derivative works of the MinIO software over the network, the GNU AGPL v3 license requires that you also distribute the complete, corresponding source code of the combined work under the same GNU AGPL v3 license. This requirement applies whether or not you modified MinIO. Please consult the license here or review the FAQs below.
The commercial license comes in two flavors.
The Standard License is designed for customers who require a commercial license and can mostly self-support but want the peace of mind that comes with the MinIO's unique direct-to-engineer interaction model and suite of operational capabilities delivered through the SUBNET portal.
The Enterprise License is designed for mission critical environments where both a license and strict SLAs are required. The Enterprise version is fully featured but comes with additional capabilities over the Standard license. To learn more about the features and capabilities available to commercial license holders click here to read about SUBNET.
The GNU AGPL v3 is short for the "GNU Affero General Public License v3." It is a common open source license certified by the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative . You can get a copy of the GNU AGPL v3 license with MinIO source code or at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.en.html .
When you host or distribute MinIO over a network, the AGPL v3 applies to you. Any distribution or copying of MinIO software modified or not has to comply with the obligations specified in the AGPL v3. Otherwise, you may risk infringing MinIO’s copyrights.
Combining MinIO software as part of a larger software stack triggers your GNU AGPL v3 obligations.
The method of combining does not matter. When MinIO is linked to a larger software stack in any form, including statically, dynamically, pipes, or containerized and invoked remotely, the AGPL v3 applies to your use. What triggers the AGPL v3 obligations is the exchanging data between the larger stack and MinIO.
MinIO is a commercial and open source licensed product developed by MinIO, Inc. MinIO trademarks and all the code developed by MinIO are fully owned and controlled by MinIO, Inc.
To "modify" MinIO means to copy from or adapt all or any part of the work in a fashion requiring copyright permission, other than the making of an exact copy. The resulting derivative work is sometimes referred to as a "modified version" or we say that it is "based on" the earlier work.
Passing configuration parameters to a MinIO binary instance constitutes making a modified version, as it does not produce an exact binary copy.
One common situation that creates a derivative work involves changes to MinIO's source code. Sometimes changes to MinIO's default configurations may also be enough to create a derivative work.
A second common situation is when MinIO is used as part of a distributed application. This is like taking a short story and including it with other stories to create a "Best stories of the year" compilation. Even if MinIO itself is not modified, the larger application that includes Minio has "adapted all" of MinIO in a fashion requiring copyright permission.
If you have questions, we recommend that you talk to your own attorney for legal advice. Purchasing a commercial license from MinIO removes the AGPL v3 obligations from MinIO software.
MinIO logo and wordmark are representations of MinIO. Please follow the guidelines below for logo usage.
MinIO is 100% open source under the AGPL v3.0 License. For more on license compliance please click here .
This document outlines the policy of the MinIO Project regarding the use of its trademarks. Any use of any MinIO trademark must be in accordance with this policy. For the purpose of this policy "Trademarks" means MinIO's word marks, service marks, logos, trade dress, names of products, services, business and the name of the corporation.
The MinIO trademarks include, among others, the names MINIO, the MinIO Stork, MinIO SUBNET, MinIO KES, MinIO Warp, MinIO DMT and MinIO Sidekick.
As a firm believer in Free Software ethos and a respected member of the community, we have a desire for widespread usage and improvement of our code by users, distributors and other community members, of our products distributed under Open Source Licenses. Although our code is Open Source, MinIO wishes to ensure that its trademarks remain reliable indicators of quality and source that our users have come to expect of us. It is also very important that we strictly enforce our trademark rights in order to be able to protect our users against people who use the marks to commit fraud. This means that, while you have considerable freedom to redistribute and modify our software, you must follow trademark law and this policy even for Open Source software. Balancing these two competing interests is not an easy task. We rely on our users, clients and community to help us achieve this balance.
Underlying MinIO's trademark policy is the general law of trademarks.
MinIO is designed to be used and extended, and MinIO recognizes that community members may need some way to identify the MinIO product in some way but you must ensure that consumers are not confused as to whether they are official (meaning approved by MinIO) or not.
Your use of MinIO's trademarks must always be non-confusing. People should always know who they are dealing with, and where the software they are downloading came from. Websites and software that are not produced or officially authorized by MinIO shouldn't imply, either directly or by omission, that they are.
In case of any confusion or clarifications, please write to us at email@example.com
You may not change any MinIO Logo except to scale it. This means you may not add decorative elements, change the colors, change the proportions, distort it, add elements, or combine it with other logos. However, when the context requires the use of black-and-white graphics and the logo is color, you may reproduce the logo in a manner that produces a black-and-white image.
MinIO has tried to make its trademark policy as comprehensive as possible. If you are considering a use of a MinIO trademark that is not covered by the policy, and you are unsure whether that use would run afoul of MinIO's guidelines, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If MinIO determines at any time, in its sole discretion, that your use of any of our trademarks violates this Policy, we may revoke permission for your usage, and you must immediately cease all use of the marks.
This policy may be updated from time to time. Please refer to this page for all updates.