chipKIT® Development Platform

Inspired by Arduino™

Commercial use of chipKit device

Created Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:28:46 +0000 by tonybarry


Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:28:46 +0000

Hello, Pardon the interruption to your day. I have not had much success with Google, si I am asking here:-

The Arduino boards and IDE are released under a licence which allows commercial use of these items. Source code is not required to be divulged.

However, object code is required to be divulged on application to allow users to relink libraries to newer libraries.

For a commercial entity, this represents a serious leak of IP, and is a major reason for people steering away from Arduino boards and the IDE.

What is the status of chipKit boards and IDE?

Regards, Tony Barry


Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:38:30 +0000

Bump' I'd also like to know the answer to this ;)


Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:22:01 +0000

I have the following to hand from Joe Harris of Digilent.

executive summary - Same as Arduino.

chipKIT/Arduino Licensing The following describes the license terms under which each component of the Arduino system was released. The chipKIT files should be under the same terms. All Digilent libraries are released under the Lesser GPL license, except those libraries that contain Microchip Application Library code. In those cases, the Digilent written code is under the Lesser GPL, and the Microchip written code is under the standard Microchip Application Library license.

Core Lesser GPL EEPROM Lesser GPL Ethernet • Ethernet no license • Client no license • Server no license Firmata Lesser GPL LiquidCrystal no license Matrix Lesser GPL SD • SD GPL • File GPL Servo Lesser GPL SoftwareSerial Lesser GPL SPI Lesser GPL or GPL Sprite Lesser GPL Stepper no license Wire Lesser GPL


No restriction on use of Digilent manufactured hardware in commercial or other applications. Hardware that has been designed based on or as copies or reproductions of Digilent hardware is done so under the Creative Commons Share Alike license.