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You can choose between the "Proprietary Steinberg VST 3" or the "Open-source GPLv3" license (dual-license) depending on how you want to distribute your VST 3 plug-in/host (License Agreement included!).

"Proprietary Steinberg VST 3" license

The "Proprietary Steinberg VST 3" license allows you to distribute your VST 3 plug-in/host in a binary form. However, please note the following requirements:

  • You need written permission from Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH in order to distribute your VST 3 plug-in/host (Steinberg will send you the countersigned License agreement included in the SDK that you signed and sent to us).
  • You need to mention Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH in the about box and/or documentation of your VST 3 plug-in/host and follow the Steinberg VST usage guidelines.

For more details please read the "Proprietary Steinberg VST 3" license agreement. If you accept it, please enter all required information, sign it and send it back to us, either via land mail (to the Steinberg address mentioned in the license), or via e-mail (reception@steinberg.de) or via fax (+49 (0)40 210 35-300). We will countersign the license agreement and send it back to you.

  • as PDF : The License agreement is part of the VST SDK package too:

"Open-source GPLv3" license

The open-source license lets you share the source code of your VST 3 plug-in/host including the VST 3 SDK's sources which are subject to the GPLv3.

Note that VST 2 sources are NOT part of the GPLv3!


For more information about GPLv3 check this link. It also permits you to change and modify the VST 3 SDK's sources as long as you share your changes and make them available for everyone (e.g. on an Internet hosting service like GitHub). Note that you have to follow the Steinberg VST usage guidelines.

Steinberg Dual-License file

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// (c) 2020, Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, All Rights Reserved
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This license applies only to files referencing this license,
for other files of the Software Development Kit the respective embedded license text
is applicable. The license can be found at: http://www.steinberg.net/sdklicenses_vst3
 
This Software Development Kit is licensed under the terms of the Steinberg VST3 License,
or alternatively under the terms of the General Public License (GPL) Version 3.
You may use the Software Development Kit according to either of these licenses as it is
most appropriate for your project on a case-by-case basis (commercial or not).
 
a) Proprietary Steinberg VST3 License
The Software Development Kit may not be distributed in parts or its entirety
without prior written agreement by Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
The SDK must not be used to re-engineer or manipulate any technology used
in any Steinberg or Third-party application or software module,
unless permitted by law.
Neither the name of the Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH nor the names of its
contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
software without specific prior written permission.
Before publishing a software under the proprietary license, you need to obtain a copy
of the License Agreement signed by Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
The Steinberg VST SDK License Agreement can be found at:
http://www.steinberg.net/en/company/developers.html
 
THE SDK IS PROVIDED BY STEINBERG MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH "AS IS" AND
ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED.
IN NO EVENT SHALL STEINBERG MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES GMBH BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE,
DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE
OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED
OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
 
b) General Public License (GPL) Version 3
Details of these licenses can be found at: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html
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