Why is Katalon Studio is free and how long does it stay free?

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘new user’? Who is considered a new user and how does this affect organizations that use Katalon Studio?

After a POC, we were on the verge of starting development on Katalon, until today, we found out about this. Just to confirm, when was the change announced?

How long will the current stable version (6.3.x) stay available without limitations?

There will be a period for every user to claim a license to use KS without quota limitations.

Current stable versions will be deprecated one month after we release KS 7.0.

So applying for this license would ensure that we can continue running our existing tests… Otherwise we would have to move forward creating our own test automation framework

@qsbetatest or you can freeze for a while your existing test pipeline to last known to work version until the team decide how to move forward.
Hint: build a custom docker image :wink:

Also note this from the license agreement:


This license only applies to the version of the Software you have downloaded and not any future versions. If Katalon provides an updated version of the Software, you may select either to accept the new version by installing the new version and agreeing to the license agreement that accompanies it, or to decline the new version. However, the old version of the Software will no longer work once the new version has been made available, and you acknowledge and agree that Katalon may deactivate the old version at that time.


They will eventually remove free version because they don’t have enough resources to maintain two different versions. Next time when I see “free” selenium framework with closed source with enterprise support I will just remember Katalon Studio and stick with my own open source framework design.

Free version was used as bait for enterprise and for good marketing. BTW, nice modus operandi @Katalon_Studio


Oxygen is a powerful Selenium & Appium framework for beginners and pros.


Free & Open Source


Thanks @focis.automation I will definitely POC Oxygen.


Free & Open Source

Oxygen is totally free and its source code is going to be released in GitHub in the next few weeks.

Sure, is opensource. But the code is not available.
So, what kind of opensource is that? Are you guys serious? Or is just your ‘modus operandi’ to promote a toy?

Oxygen is on GitHub at https://github.com/oxygenhq.

so, they have to update the website :smiley:

Now seriously, I think won’t be fair to discuss here about other toys available, but one can open a topic with alternatives in the “general” section and we can post there what other tools we know, with pro/cons, impressions etc.

@Russ_Thomas let’s grab the recent topics on such ‘alternate’ solutions and open a topic for it.
i will do it myself but i am not that ‘skilled’ as you are in topics splitting.
and once we have that topic we can come with a lot of knowlwdge sharing there.
it can be in the lounge too, not to offend the katalon team, which in my opinion still do a great job, despite the pro/cons and the rumors on the monetizing plan.
i can share a lot of ideas there …

I think you might be allowed to do that in the Lounge but as for the open forum, it’s specifically not allowed.

See section 2 point 3: (MUST READ FIRST) Global Forum Rules

so let’s do it as an experiment in to the lounge … and let’s try to keep the disrinction between frustration and spam.
if the experiment will fail … delete everything … :slight_smile:

it can be a nice discussion on what katalon have and what does not have, compared with other available solutions.
my proposal is to move the frustration level to a honest debate,based on each-other experience.

I agree with both of you @Russ_Thomas and @Ibus.

and let’s try to keep the disrinction between frustration and spam.

On the other hand, Ibus has a point.

it can be a nice discussion on what katalon have and what does not have, compared with other available solutions.

Like Katalon, Oxygen is also built on selenium. Definitely there would be a learning for Katalon DEV team.

I request Russ not to close this thread. Well, if it’s going off topic, you are welcome to delete my message.

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Well, yes, the thread is meandering. But I’ve done all I can with regard to the license changes for v7. It’s now up to the Katalon Team to step up and clarify.

In other words, the thread stays for now. The conjecture posed here is a result of the licensing confusion.

Let’s be patient a while longer.

Thank you for sharing this platform, I’ll be checking this out sometime this week!