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Licensing determines what rights you have to use this software in both binary and source form. FreeIPA is made up of a number of different pieces of software, each with their own licensing. Some of these licenses are described below (this list is not to be considered exhaustive). And we must say, of course, that this document should not be taken as legal advice. Talk to your attorney.


FreeIPA is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 except for the Directory Server plugins. These are licensed under the GPL with an [1].

389 Directory Server

The core is GPL + Exception. Details are at the Licensing page.

MIT Kerberos

MIT, freely distributable.

mod_nss, mod_proxy, mod_auth_kerb

These are Apache modules and are licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.


This code is licensed under the MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license.

Cyrus SASL

Cyrus SASL is covered by its own license which allows use as long as several rules are followed. See COPYING in the source distribution available from ftp://ftp.andrew.cmu.edu/pub/cyrus-mail/


From Sep 15, 2010 a CLA is no longer required - see Why CLA? article for more details.