A simplified summary of our licenses and terms.
Last updated November 1, 2023
Obsidian is free for personal and non-profit use. However, if you use Obsidian for work-related activities that generate revenue in a company with two or more people, you must purchase a commercial license for each user. Non-profit organizations are exempt from this requirement.
To support our development, you can optionally purchase a Catalyst license. This one-time payment gives you early access to beta versions of Obsidian.
Downloading Obsidian doesn't require an account, and we don't collect your personal information. You only need an account for payments or add-on services, and you can permanently delete your account at any time.
Your data is saved locally on your device and isn't sent to our server. If you use Obsidian Publish or Obsidian Sync, we handle your data only as needed for those services. Publish data is hosted on our servers. Sync data is encrypted and inaccessible to our staff. Learn more about our approach to privacy.
You retain ownership of all content you create in Obsidian. We don't claim any rights to it.
We own and reserve rights to our content, including text, images, and code in the app, which is protected by copyright and other laws.
You must have a license to use Obsidian, though some users may use a free license. If you aren’t sure which license you need, see our licensing FAQ here.
Unless you require a Commercial Use License, you can download and use Obsidian for free, forever, under one of our free license types:
Each allows you to download and use Obsidian without creating an account.
Commercial Use Licenses are required whenever Obsidian is being used for work for a business with two or more personnel. Sole proprietorships or other one-person organizations do not require a Commercial Use License. Work for educational purposes does not require a Commercial Use License.
Commercial Use Licenses must be purchased on an annual and per user basis. Commercial users must purchase at least as many licenses as the number of people who will be using Obsidian.
You may use Obsidian commercially for free for 14 days to evaluate the app before purchase.
Catalyst Licenses are special licenses that can be purchased on top of all other license types. Catalyst Licenses offer additional benefits including early access to insider builds.