Frequently Asked Questions


Why is FOSSA always capitalized?

Because it is an acronym! FOSSA stands for Free Open Source Software Analysis. We're dedicated to the FOSS ecosystem, as we believe that open source is the future. FOSSA exists to help make developing on a FOSS stack easier, by removing the stress of licensing from the equation.


How does code contributor pricing work?

We track unique committers to private repos that are actively running in FOSSA with no limit on repo count. You can start off with fewer active repos/teams and easily scale across your org.

Why code contributor pricing?

Our pricing scales directly with the number of developers on your team who contribute code to private repos that are actively running in FOSSA. Contact us about cases of contributors outside your staff.

Does FOSSA have a free plan?

Yes; you're free to use FOSSA for up to 5 repositories, either public or private. This allows you to have continuous dependency tracking and license checks to keep your code clean, for free. You're also free to use the open source fossa-cli tool locally, although that does not come with CI or automated updates.

Do you discount non-commercial projects?

We offer special plans for non-profit, educational institution, and open source project budgets. Get in touch .

Do you offer annual plans?

Yes, we do! Contact us for details. On-prem deployments are priced annually by default.


Why is dynamic build analysis important?

Our static strategies parse files to find a dependency graph, for example, parsing a package-lock.json file. Dynamic strategies will run a command or plugin to achieve their dependency graph, and are are required when analyzing package managers that do not offer complete lockfiles, such as Gradle or Go. Dynamic strategies require a working build environment to operate in but can provide much more accurate results compared to their static counterparts.

Which languages does FOSSA support?

Please visit ourSupported Languages doc for a full list of languages and build tools that are currently supported.

For answers to other common questions, see the rest of our docs in this section:

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