General FAQs

  1. Are GroupDocs developer license per user, or per named user?
  2. Do we need licensing for only active developers? For example, we have a team of two developers working on shift A and a second team of two developers working on shift B … in this situation do we need two or four licenses?
  3. Do we need a separate license for our Build / CI (Continuous Integration) Server?
  4. I'm a contractor who works with different companies on a project basis. I was licensed for anGroupDocs component on my last job. Does that mean that I can use it in my next job?
  5. What's the difference between a license and a subscription?
  6. What's the difference between a Small Business and an OEM license?

Are GroupDocs developer licenses per user, or per named user?

GroupDocs Developer licenses are per user, not per named user. We understand that members of a coding team may change over time and that it is not practical to have to update licensing each time that occurs.

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Do we need licensing for only active developers? For example, we have a team of two developers working on shift A and a second team of two developers working on shift B … in this situation do we need two or four licenses?

All developers who are working on the project need to be licensed. In this situation,GroupDocs sees your team as having four members (even though they work at different times).

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Do we need a separate license for our build or CI (Continuous Integration) Server?

No, we are happy that customers use GroupDocs products on one server for solution building purposes at no extra cost. This installation should not be used to circumvent the license terms of your agreement with GroupDocs and should respect any redistributable or location limitations imposed by your purchased license.

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I'm a contractor who works with different companies on a project basis. I was licensed for a GroupDocs component on my last job. Does that mean that I can use it in my next job?

No. Our components are licensed to the organization, not an individual within the organization. GroupDocs components are not personal tools that you can move freely from one workplace to another.
If you are working for a company to implement a solution that they will deploy, it is that company's responsibility to ensure that they have licenses for the tools that you need. If you are working as part of their development team, they should buy sufficient licenses to let other members of the team continue maintaining the code when you have left.
On the other hand, if you are self-employed and develop solutions that you sell to other companies, then you should have a Developer OEM License. This allows you to use the product in any number of derived works and deploy them freely.

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What's the difference between a license and a subscription?

When you buy a GroupDocs product, you get two things: a license and a subscription. The license entitles you to use the software. The subscription entitles you to software updates for a year. The subscription expiry date is stored in the license so when you renew your subscription, you get a new license file.

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What's the difference between a Small Business and an OEM license?

The number of sites that the derived work can be used at. An OEM license allows you to use the derived work at any number of sites. This is appropriate when the derived work will be distributed on digital media, or offered as an online service to any number of people, all in different physical locations.
Some licenses allow you to deploy to a specified number of sites:

  • A Developer Small Business license allows your derived works to be used at one location, for example your company's head quarters.
  • A Site Small Business license allows your derived works to be used at up to ten locations, for example your company's head quarters and another nine of your company's offices.

Exactly what a license entitles you to depends on the platform: .NET and Java licenses give you slightly different rights from SharePoint and Android licenses, for example. Read the FAQs for each platform to get answers to your questions, or go to the License Types page to find out more.


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