There are 3 versions of Magento 2

  • Magento 2 Open Source

  • Magento 2 Commerce

  • Magento 2 Commerce Cloud

Open Source is publically available and downloadable to everyone. Commerce Cloud is hosted on their servers with restricted access (via git and pipelines).

Magento 2 Commerce should, from my understanding, have the same code as Cloud but be hosted on your own server. This means once you have signed up to a Commerce subscription you will be given a copy of the code for development/customization/testing.

I want to know if it is possible to get a copy of Commerce code without having an active subscription. I have searched several places and the closest I can see on Magento site is this request a demo page https://magento.com/schedule-a-demo though it is unclear if this is a business demo or technical demo.

I was able to find a demo Magento 2 Commerce store that a module developer had made publically available for people to test both front end and admin. However, it did not have some features enabled that I was interested in (B2B/company accounts) and I could not see the code/files.

If it is possible to get a copy of this code can you then install it on a server (local or via a service such as AWS)? What are the licensing restrictions on what you can do on such a server?

I have searched for information on this online but I have yet to find a concrete answer if this is possible or not. Ideally, I would like an official Magento 2 source that this is possible/not possible or a recommendation on which track I need to go down to get this (Magento University, contact Magento via phone).

  • you are asking for the Magento commerce version & that is also without subscription. How anyone can provide this to you it is not legal Apr 3, 2019 at 8:45
  • It's likely that this is the case. If so is there an official source confirming that?
    – Typhado
    Apr 3, 2019 at 23:23
  • For now you can refer this about the license scheme of Magento EE & for the further explation I am searching the resource & update you soon! Apr 4, 2019 at 3:54
  • I have posted the information as an answer you can refer that & the provided document into it for the better understanding of the license terms of magento regarding the usage of magento commerce edition. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:22

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Magento 2 Commerce edition is provided under the license terms defined by Magento & any one can have/allowed to access the Magento 2 commerce edition only by subscribing to their service &/or purchasing their service under the license agreement that they have maintained for the usage of their software.

Here is their terms for the software availability to any Individual/Company

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement (including Customer’s compliance with the applicable Documentation) and payment of the applicable Subscription Fees (as defined below), Magento grants Customer a limited, personal, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, nonsublicensable license to install, reproduce and use internally the Software, as provided to Customer in source code format, and create and use Modifications of the Software, in both cases for the sole purpose of creating and running Customer’s Sites.

Here I have also found one clause into this license agreement for the restrictions:

Customer shall not (and shall ensure that its employees, contractors and other third parties do not):

  1. Exploit the licenses set forth in Section 2A above for any purpose other than creating and maintaining the Sites used for promoting, selling or providing the Customer’s products and services to End Users;
  2. Provide, use, or allow others to use, the Software for the benefit of third parties;
  3. Reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or apply any other process or procedure to derive the source code of any closed source software included (if any);
  4. Access, use or develop the Software in a way intended to avoid incurring fees or exceeding usage limits or quotas;
  5. Sell, offer to sell, distribute, disclose, Magento Commerce Software License Agreement v 1 3 sublicense or otherwise make available the Software in a manner that is not authorized under this Agreement;

For the further more details you can read this document available here provided by Magento.

You can refer the Clause 2 SOFTWARE LICENSE for the more details. & also can refer the other terms.

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