Directus is licensed under a permissive BSL 1.1 license which allows most to use Directus completely free.
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For individuals, companies, and organizations with less than $5,000,000 in total finances.
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Tailored production licenses for larger enterprises and government entities.
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You can self-host all your projects for free, both production and non-production. No commercial licenses are required.
Below are the more common questions we get asked. Learn more about Directus' licensing in the BSL FAQ or Contact our Sales Team.
We strongly believe Directus is an Open Source project. The source code is available on GitHub, where you can fork, modify, report issues, post discussions, create PRs, and control ongoing development.
We're cognizant and respectful that BSL is not a license that’s approved by the Open Source Initiative. However, the BSL has been reviewed and endorsed by the co-founder of the OSI as a good way to make open source projects sustainable, which supports our thinking.
“We had departments using many different CMS. They ranged from extremely expensive to open-source projects. Directus has proven to be better than all the others.”
In addition to our perfect rating on G2, Directus was also awarded six major accolades for the Summer 2022 quarter. These include High Performer, Easiest to Use, Best ROI, Most Likely to Recommend, and more.
“Directus is a powerful tool offering a lot of flexibility. The back office is very intuitive and it’s possible to do many things. The tool can be used in open source and very customizable, Directus allowed us to develop websites using our favorite framework: next.js.”
“Directus is quite impressive about the potentials it have from a business point of view. The software is easy to configure and the community is very active continously improving the available functionalities and solving known issues”
“Directus cloud takes the amazing product the team has built and pushes it one step further. It's probably the least restrictive web-based data management system you'll find, and being able to run up an instance in a matter of minutes makes things so much easier when you just need to test something small.”
“It started with the ease of "just quickly set up a project" for small projects, but we soon discovered that so much more was possible! We replaced a lot of our Laravel/Nova projects without writing additional extensions, if we do need custom logic it’s super easy.”
“I never experienced any smoother experience setting up any content management system (including the old guys like WordPress or Drupal). From a product and/or IT lead perspective, it brings you so much power for so many use cases - without a huge price tag or complexity.”
“Directus enabled us to make our own choices and set the YIA website up in the right way, whereas other more opinionated situations prohibit that freedom of choice.”
“Directus is open-source and provides an easy-to-use interface that allows me and my users to navigate the system to update data and content. The Rest API is well-documented making integration into any system very easy! I love being able to set up a new project in minutes rather than hours.”
“Tripadvisor is using Directus to bring our products, data and content closer together. This will allow our users to plan and experience travel in new and innovative ways.”
“Directus unifies our data coming in from across the country, adding value, and redistributing the consolidated data back out to stakeholders with its built-in API. Directus also acts as a validation and improvement tool, allowing non-technical staff to manually verify or flag issues with generated data connections.”
You can use our self-service Cloud Dashboard to spin up your own project, or contact our sales team to discuss our Enterprise tiers available.