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Both the FreeRTOS kernel and libraries are distributed for free under the MIT open source license. The FreeRTOS kernel license comparison table below contains answers to common license questions.

 

MIT open source license text

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of
this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in
the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to
use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of
the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so,
subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR
COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER
IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN
CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

 

Optional FreeRTOS commercial licensing

From our strategic partner WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems.

 

OpenRTOSTM is a commercially licensed version of the FreeRTOS kernel that includes indemnification and dedicated support. FreeRTOS and OpenRTOS share the same code base. OpenRTOS is provided under license from AWS by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems – an AWS strategic partner.
SAFERTOSTM is a derivative version of the FreeRTOS kernel that has been analyzed, documented and tested to meet the stringent requirements of industrial (IEC 61508 SIL 3), medical (IEC 62304 and FDA 510(K)) automotive (ISO 26262) and other international safety standards. SafeRTOS includes independently audited safety life cycle documentation artifacts. SafeRTOS is provided by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems – an AWS strategic partner.

 

FreeRTOS kernel license comparison

 
FreeRTOS kernel
MIT license
OpenRTOS
Commercial license
Is it free?
Yes
No
Can I use it in a commercial application?
Yes
Yes
Is it royalty free?
Yes
Yes
Is a warranty provided?
No
Yes
Can I receive professional technical support on a commercial basis?
Yes
Yes
Is legal protection provided?
No
Yes, IP infringement protection is provided
Do I have to open source my application code that makes use of the FreeRTOS services?
No
No
Do I have to open source my changes to the FreeRTOS kernel?
No
No
Do I have to document that my product uses FreeRTOS?
No
No
Do I have to offer to provide the FreeRTOS code to users of my application?
No
No


 

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