The SeisComP Licenses

The text of the SeisComP licenses can be downloaded as PDF from GFZ.

Please fill in the required fields in the PDF document, print it out, have it signed by a representative of your institution and send a scan of the signed document to us by e-mail to  geofon @ gfz-potsdam . de. Upon our acceptance of the license agreement we will send you the key files required to run those programs covered by the SeisComP Public License. In order to learn more about the user community, we would appreciate if you could briefly describe how you learned about SeisComP and the intended use.


  1. GFZ will send you the key files. We generally don't issue individual licenses for single people but rather for institutions. You may therefore share these license files with other non-commercial users of SeisComP within your university or institution.
  2. Additional support by GFZ is NOT provided. However, you can also request professional support (installation, training courses, maintenance, module development and modification) from commercial providers.
  3. Initial documentation on SC3 is provided at We also recommend that you browse and subscribe to the forum at

What is commercial use?

As set out in Version 1.2 of the "SeisComP User License Agreement", you may use SeisComP if there is no commercial gain:

3.1 Definition
Permission for commercial usage is NOT granted by the SeisComP Public License. Examples of commercial purposes would be running business operations, licensing, leasing, or selling the software, distributing the software in a product to customers for evaluation purposes, distributing the software for use with commercial products, using the software in the creation or use of commercial products or any other activity which purpose is to procure a commercial gain to you or others. For avoidance of doubt Commercial Purposes would be also all services offered for a valuable consideration such as for example training, installation, maintenance and developmentor modification. All such commercial activities need the prior written authorization by GFZ. Users requiring commercial support have to ensure that the assigned service provider is holding a valid commercial license.
If you are requesting a non-commercial license for a commercial entity such as a business, please explain why your intended use of SeisComP does NOT conflict with the definition above.