Discovering the license for a free and open source code is important, but it should not be as hard as it seems today. ScanCode is a new open source scanning solution to accurately identify the license(s) of the code you want to consume.
With ScanCode, a development team can start scanning code on their own! You can now focus on whether the license is OK for your organization and if the code works for your projected use. These are the important questions. To learn more or to contribute, visit our scancode-toolkit project on GitHub.
AboutCode Manager provides an advanced visual UI to help you quickly evaluate license and other notices identified by ScanCode and record your conclusion about the effective license(s) for a component. AboutCode Manager is based on Electron and will be the primary desktop/GUI tool for using nexB’s AboutCode tools.
An ABOUT file is a small text file stored in the codebase side-by-side with the software component file or archive that it documents. To learn more or to contribute, visit our project on GitHub or visit our AboutCode.org website.
AttributeCode provides a simple way to (1) document the provenance (origin and license) of open source and third-party software components that you use and (2) automate creation of attribution notices and redistribution packages.
An ABOUT file is a small text file stored in the codebase side-by-side with the software component file or archive that it documents. To learn more or to contribute, visit our project on GitHub.
License Expression is small utility library to parse, compare, simplify and normalize license expressions (e.g. SPDX license expressions) using boolean logic such as: GPL-2.0 or later WITH Classpath Exception AND MIT.
TraceCode helps you determine which components are actually distributed or deployed for your product. This is essential information for determining your open source license obligations because many are only triggered by distribution or deployment.
We are currently preparing TraceCode for release as an open source project. Contact us at email@example.com if you want more information.
nexB is a company that solves the problem of discovering, identifying, tracking and managing open source and third-party components used in your products, applications and systems. We build modular tools for software development teams so that each team can implement a workflow tailored for its set of languages, technologies and tools. We call this set of tools AboutCode.
At nexB, we have been creating, contributing to and using free and open source software from the start. We contribute back to projects that we use, and we sponsor our own open source projects to provide good open source tools that enable you to comply with open source license conditions.
We release our open source code under the Apache 2.0 license because we think that it provides the best balance of permissive terms with a complete and clear set of license conditions. We also reuse many open source components in our projects - we document the licenses for these using our own tools.