Setting up Licenses

GraphDB is available in three different editions: Free, Standard Edition (SE), and Enterprise Edition (EE).

The Free edition is free to use and does not require a license. This is the default mode in which GraphDB will start. However, it is not open-source.

SE and EE are RDBMS-like commercial licenses on a per-server-CPU basis. They are neither free nor open-source. To purchase a license or obtain a copy for evaluation, please contact

When installing GraphDB, the SE/EE license file can be set through the GraphDB Workbench or programmatically.

Setting up licenses through the Workbench

To do that, follow the steps:

  1. Add, view, or update your license from Setup ‣ Licenses ‣ Set new license.


    From here, you can also Revert to Free license. If you do so, GraphDB will ask you to confirm.

  2. Select the license file and register it.


    You can also copy and paste it in the text area.

  3. Validate your license.

  4. After completing these steps, you will be able to view your license details.

Setting up licenses through a file

GraphDB will look for a graphdb.license file in the GraphDB work directory (where non-user-definable configurations are stored) under GraphDB-HOME. To install a license file there, copy the license file as graphdb.license.

Custom file path property

You can use the configuration property graphdb.license.file to provide a custom path for the license file, for example:

graphdb.license.file = /opt/graphdb/my-graphdb-dev.license

The license file must be readable by the user running GraphDB.


If you set the license through a file in the work directory or a custom path, you will not be able to change the license through the GraphDB Workbench.

Order of preference

When looking for a license, GraphDB will use the first license it finds in this order:

  • The custom license file property graphdb.license.file;

  • The graphdb.license file in the work directory;

  • A license set through the GraphDB Workbench.