On-premise pricing?


I'm developing a public e-commerce site. Can it use a self hosted Elasticsearch instance for free, without violating the new license model?

Hi @johber Welcome to the community!

Please review this...

But yes in general running an eCommerce search using the Elasticsearch Basic license is allowed and exactly what Elastic wants to provide to the community. The license is very permissive with just a few restrictions.

From the link and you should read it, but here is the summary.

Can you summarize what is allowed with the Elastic License 2.0?

The Elastic License 2.0 applies to our distribution and the source code of all of the free and paid features of Elasticsearch and Kibana. Our goal with ELv2 is to be as permissive as possible, while protecting against abuse. The license allows the free right to use, modify, create derivative works, and redistribute, with three simple limitations:

  • You may not provide the products to others as a managed service
  • You may not circumvent the license key functionality or remove/obscure features protected by license keys
  • You may not remove or obscure any licensing, copyright, or other notices

We tried to minimize the limitations just to those that protect our products and brand from abuse.



Of course, if there are commercial licensed features or commercial support you need, Then you would contact sales to discuss a subscription.

But if you don't need those things, we highly encourage you to use the Basic/ Free license.

Hi @stephenb

Sounds good, thanks. We're using your subscriptions for other applications, but in this case I didn't really see the need for it, so just wanted to double check.

Out of curiosity, could you just briefly elaborate "You may not provide the products to others as a managed service"?

Here we already discuss about licensing. Hope will help.

That means you cannot run kibana, elasticsearch etc and then turn around and sell that elasticsearch service directly and charge and provide direct acces to that service.

Running elasticsearch or app search as your back end search system is perfectly fine.

If you have any additional questions then you should contact the license email that's on the link I gave you.

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@stephenb got it. Thanks for taking the time!

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