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Algolia for open source

Qualifying open source and non-profit projects can use Algolia at a discount or for free.

Supporting the community

Algolia relies heavily on open source software and benefits from the many types of contributions that individuals make to the global developer community. We want to give something back by making Algolia available for free or at a low cost to qualifying open source projects. We also want to support non-profit organizations who are helping make the world a better place.

Who qualifies?

To qualify for an Algolia for Open Source (AOS) discount, a project must fall into one of the following categories.

  • Licensed open source software

    Libraries, frameworks, and plugins that developers use to build applications. Algolia can be used to make documentation searchable or to power runtime or auxiliary features. Projects in this category must be publicly available with a valid Open Source license.

  • Developer community projects

    Apps that make content discoverable and searchable in a way that is useful to the developer community. This includes educational projects and resources that help people learn how to code.

  • Non-profit organizations

    Legally-recognized non-profit and non-governmental organizations who can use search to further their mission and improve the lives of the people they serve.


In addition to fitting into one of the above categories, eligible AOS projects must satisfy these criteria:

  • Non-commercial

    The project cannot be used to promote a product or service; it has to provide something of value to the community at no cost. Applications for non-commercial projects backed by commercial entities will be reviewed on a case-by-base basis.

  • Publicly available

    The project must be publicly usable and, if applicable, include documentation or instructions on how the community can use it.

  • High records or operation counts

    Algolia's basic Community Plan is free up to a certain number of records and operations. If this is all you require, than you don't need to apply for an AOS plan.

Are you Non Profit or Open Source?

Non Profit

To be considered non profit; the organization must be a legally-recognized non-profit, non-religous, and non-governmental organizations who can use search to further their mission and improve the lives of the people they serve.

Open Source

To be considered open source; the project must be publicly available with a valid Open Source license or include educational projects and resources that help people learn how to code.

Application form

If you have a qualifying project, we'd love to hear from you. Please complete the following form. Your request will be reviewed (usually within 24-48 hours) and you'll receive an email containing more information.

Refer to Algolia's Privacy Policy for more information on how we use and protect your data

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What's included in the Algolia for Open Source (AOS) plan?

The AOS plan is based on Algolia's paid Essential Plan. The standard volume of the AOS Plan is 100k records and 200k operations monthly - a $70/month value.

Do I have to display the Algolia logo?

In exchange for using Algolia for free, we ask that you place a small "Search by Algolia" logo in your search results or on your site where people can see it. The logo should link to If this is not possible or ideal, there are other ways to fulfill this requirement that we're happy to discuss with you.

Can you help me get visibility for my AOS-eligible project?

Definitely! Once it's ready to share, we'll be happy to help you tell the story about your project and how you're using search. We love to publish the stories of our customers and community members on our Algolia Stories Medium publication and encourage everyone to post their projects on our forum's Show & Tell category.

What happens if my project shuts down? Can I still keep my AOS Plan for personal usage?

We ask that you notify us of any changes to the status of your project - whether it has been terminated, acquired, or its nature changed to something commercial. If the new status of your project is not eligible for the AOS plan, we will work with you to downgrade the account in a timely manner that respects the timeline of your project.

What can I do if I have further questions?

Please send us an email to We'll be happy to answer any questions that you have about eligibility, limits, application status and anything else that's on your mind :)