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Embedded Studio Licensing Conditions

    • Free non-commercial use under SEGGER's Friendly Licensing
    • Single-user, company-wide, and site licensing options
    • Buyout licensing option for free end-user commercial use
    • Perpetual licenses, no subscription
    • Portable licenses with J-Link dongle
    • Royalty free



    Embedded Studio is available as a SEGGER Software Tool under SEGGER's Friendly License for non-commercial use and SEGGER's Commercial-use License. The licensing editions include the use for different target device families and architectures. Licenses for Embedded Studio are perpetual for as long as you want to use it. No annual subscription is required.

    Single-user licenses, stored on a J-Link, are portable to enable you to work on different computers, in the office and at home. Making it simple to work flexible and fast at the same time. Company-wide and site licenses allows the use of Embedded Studio for all your developers, anywhere: In the office, on the road, at customer's site or at home. Automated environment licenses enable the use of Embedded Studio on build servers for automated deployment or continuous integration.

    Support and Updates

    Embedded Studio can be downloaded to update the software without restriction.

    A purchased commercial license entitles you to install and use all Embedded Studio versions which will have been released within the Support and Update period for an unlimited usage period.
    To use one of that versions of Embedded Studio after the Support and Update period no license renewal is required. To update Embedded Studio to a newer version after the Support and Update period an extended Update and Support period license needs to be purchased.

    Portable Licenses

    Embedded Studio licenses are licensed for a single user, not limited to a single PC. The license can be stored on a J-Link, which is then acting like a USB dongle.

    This allows full usage of Embedded Studio on any of your computers, for example your PC at work and your notebook at home, by simply plugging in your J-Link.

    You can also use a J-Trace or other J-Links, such as J-Link OB on an evaluation board, for debugging with Embedded Studio while the J-Link that holds the license is connected to your computer.

    Multi User Licenses

    The option for site and company-wide licenses allows usage by an unlimited number of users, without copy protection, making it very easy to install and use the software anywhere: In the office, on the road, at customer's site or at home.

    No license server, no hardware dongle, easily activate Embedded Studio on any workstation.

    Your developers can fully concentrate on what they do and like best and what they are paid for: Develop software rather than deal with copy protection issues.

    Free Non-Commercial Use

    Embedded Studio can freely be used for non-commercial and non-profit educational purposes under SEGGER's Friendly License without any limitation. Simply download and install it and start development of your new projects. No registration or activation process is required.

    If no license for commercial use is found, Embedded Studio will run and the following window will be shown once when compiling a project or when starting a debug session.


    Free Commercial Use License


    In cooperation with silicon vendors, Embedded Studio is made available free of charge for commercial use. A free commercial license may be used to develop applications for certain devices from the silicon vendor. Free licenses can be activated easily through the license request dialog. Activation takes less than a minute.

    Free licenses are currently available for:

    If you are with a silicon vendor and look for cooperation, please contact us at

    Cortex-M License

    The Cortex-M License for Embedded Studio will fit most developers' needs, as it allows development of applications for the widely used ARM Cortex-M device family. That includes Cortex-M0, cortex-M0+- Cortex-M1, cortex-M3- Cortex-M4, Cortex-M7, Cortex-M32, and Cortex-M33 based devices. With the Cortex-M License purchase, technical support and updates for 1 year are provided.

    ARM License

    If you are developing on a Cortex-A/R or an ARM7/9 device, you will need an ARM License for Embedded Studio. This license allows developing applications for all supported ARM devices. This includes all devices covered by the Cortex-M License plus Cortex-A, cortex-R, ARM7, and ARM9 devices. With the ARM License purchase, technical support and updates for 1 year are provided.

    RISC-V License

    The license for Embedded Studio for RISC-V enables you to develop applications for all supported RISC-V based devices. With the RISC-V License purchase, technical support and updates for 1 year are provided.

    License Comparison

    Embedded Studio Licenses and Support

    Upon installation Embedded Studio can freely be used for evaluation, non-commercial and educational purposes with no limitations. For commercial use a License is required. Embedded Studio Licenses are available as single-user or company-wide licensing options.

    Features Free Non-Commercial License 1 Free Commercial License 2 Cortex-M License ARM License RISC-V License
    Complete IDE






    C/C++ Compiler






    C Library for Embedded Systems






    Project Manager






    First-class Editor






    Integrated Debugger






    J-Link Support






    Support for on-board Debug Probes 3






    Package Manager






    Device Support
    ARM7 / ARM9






    Cortex-M0 / Cortex-M0+












    Cortex-M3 / Cortex-M4












    Cortex-M23 / Cortex-M33


















    RISC-V RV32I






    J-Link Locked License






    PC Locked License






    Company-wide License






    Updates and Technical Support
    Free Revision Updates






    Free Support Package Download






    Technical Support



    1 Year

    1 Year

    1 Year

    1 For evaluation, non-commercial and non-profit educational purposes only.
    2 Availability dependent on target device and device manufacturer. See Embedded Studio License Conditions.
    3 EDBG, LPC Link 2, LPCXpresso, OpenSDA, ST-Link