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  • May 26, 2016

Oracle NoSQL Database Licensing

Michael Schulman
Sr. Principal Product Manager

We have received a number of questions about the Oracle NoSQL Database licensing  policy, so we wanted to clear things up.

News: As of Oracle NoSQL Database Version 4.3, a new edition has been announced, Oracle NoSQL Database Basic Edition. Oracle NoSQL Database Basic Edition is available for all organizations that have an Oracle Database Enterprise Edition (DBEE) license. Oracle NoSQL Database Basic Edition may be run on the same OCPUs or unused (but licensed) OCPUs as DBEE. For a more complete discussion of Oracle NoSQL Database Basic Edition, take a look at our FAQ.

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Licensing Information as of Oracle NoSQL Database - Version 4.3

Oracle NoSQL Database License Explanations 

Oracle NoSQL Database consists of three versions, each with a client and server license. The three versions of the distribution are commonly referred to as the Basic Edition (BE)< Community Edition (CE) and the Enterprise Edition (EE). Each version contains a client license (where the application runs) and the server license (where the application data is stored).

Enterprise Edition (EE):

  • Client License:  Apache License, Version 2
  • Server License: Oracle commercial license 

Community Edition (CE):

  • Client License: Apache License, Version 2
  • Server License: GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 


Apache License – The
details can be found at: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt.

GNU Affero General
Public License (AGPL) Version 3
– Details on this license can be found at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-technologies/nosqldb/documentation/nosql-db-agpl-license-1432845.txt

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Comments ( 2 )
  • San Patel Friday, July 21, 2017
    Thanks for the update, however, is it possible to license Enterprise Edition options with "NoSQL DBEE"?
  • Michael Schulman Friday, July 21, 2017
    Hi San - There is no such thing at NoSQL DBEE. The Oracle Database Enterprise Edition (DBEE) gives you the right to download and use Oracle NoSQL Database Basic Edition. If you want the Oracle NoSQL Enterprise Edition, that needs to be licensed separately. Let us know if you have more questions on this.
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