Blog post
August 21, 2023

Noodl is transitioning to an open source model

To our Noodl users, customers, and open source communities around the world,

At Noodl we believe we have a shot at playing an important role in advancing how powerful custom software is created, and in democratizing the tools to do so. To realise this mission, no user or business should ever worry that their investment into developing software with Noodl is a risk to their time or resources. Instead, we want you to know that time invested in Noodl, is time invested in yourself.

So we are thrilled to announce that Noodl, the next-gen low-code platform, is transitioning its core platform to an open source model.

This significant shift will make Noodl the most extensive and powerful open source low-code tool available to developers, businesses, and the open source community. Over the coming months, we will be releasing everything you need to build, deploy, and host Noodl applications under open source licenses.

Noodl will be available under what’s called an open core model. This means that everything you need to build, deploy, maintain, and host applications will be free and fully open source. We will offer a commercial version with extra features, including collaboration tools, version control, and optimizations for scaling applications. This approach ensures that the platform remains accessible to everyone while providing added value to users and businesses that want to leverage advanced features.

We will continue to offer hosting services, with additional enterprise-grade features being rolled out over the next few months. These features will continue to enhance the overall experience for customers who choose integrated Noodl hosting.

Our timeline for completing the transition to an open core model is 6-12 months, with regular releases of code for the community to access and contribute to. We will divide the code base into two main components. The first component will cover everything needed to build and run the Noodl editor, while the second component will address all aspects necessary to deploy and host Noodl applications.

In order to balance the needs of the community and commercial users, we have chosen to use two different licenses for these components. The first component, which pertains to building and running the editor, will be licensed under the GPL3 license. This will encourage collaboration and contributions from the community, allowing for ongoing improvements to the platform. The second component, covering deployment and hosting, will be licensed under the more permissive Apache 2.0 license. This approach will enable organizations to build, deploy, and host commercial Noodl applications while still benefiting from the contributions made to the community version of the platform.

Here's an outlined timeline of the open source transition:

Official announcement of Noodl transitioning to an open core model. To celebrate this exciting development, we are updating our pricing model, making self-hosting applications completely free of charge! Previously $299 / month.

The first code releases of Noodl will be published, allowing the community to start exploring, contributing to, and improving the platform.

This move to an open core model marks a significant milestone in the growth and evolution of Noodl. We believe that this transition will foster an even more vibrant and innovative community, driving the platform to new heights and empowering developers, businesses, and organizations to create groundbreaking applications using Noodl.

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