The Defold License

Defold is created and distributed under the developer-friendly Defold License. The Defold License is derived from the popular Apache 2.0 license.

The Defold License is the legal requirement for you or your company to use and distribute Defold and derivative works such as the games you make with it. Your game or project can have a different license, but it still needs to comply with the original one.

The license grants you the following permissions:

  • You are free to commercialise any software created using original or modified (derivative) versions of Defold
  • You are free to commercialise any plugin, extension or tool created for use with Defold
  • You are free to modify Defold and you are not required to share the changes
  • You are free to distribute original or modified (derivative) versions of Defold
  • You are given a license to any patent that covers Defold

The license prevents you from doing the following:

  • You can not commercialise original or modified (derivative) versions of the Defold editor and/or engine
  • You can not hold the Defold Foundation liable for damages caused by the use of Defold
  • You can not bring any warranty claims to the Defold Foundation
  • You can not use the Defold trademark unless express permission has been given (see exceptions and additional information)

The license requires that you do the following:

  • You must include the Defold license and copyright notice in any work you create
  • You must state significant changes made to Defold

License and copyright notice inclusion

The Defold License requires that you must include the license and copyright notice with all copies of Defold and in any derived work created using Defold. It is up to you to decide how you wish to distribute the license and notice. Below are some examples of how this can be done:

  • Show the license and notice at the end of a credits screen if your application has one
  • Show the license and notice from a dedicated license screen or popup in your application
  • Print the license and notice to an output log when your application starts
  • Put the license and notice in a text file and include it with the distribution of your application
  • Put the license and notice in a printed manual included with your application

The Defold license and copyright notice can be seen below. Marked text (i.e. like this) highlights the changes made from the original Apache 2.0 license.


Defold License

Version 1.0, May 2020

https://www.defold.com/opensource

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Copyright 2020 The Defold Foundation

Licensed under the Defold License version 1.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.

You may obtain a copy of the License, together with FAQs at

https://www.defold.com/opensource

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.




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