Do the CiviCRM extensions cost money or are they free?

Sorry, very new to all of this. Trying to compare open source with something like Salesforce. So with Salesforce they have a kind of app store where you can buy things made with salesforce CRM?

Thank you in advance, Chloe

  • Which extensions? Those linked directly from civicrm.org are free, but there's nothing in the licensing to prevent someone from selling a paid one. Similarly, there are many "premium" plugins/modules and themes for WordPress or Drupal, but only the free ones are linked directly from the project.
    – choster
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 16:23

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Like CiviCRM, its extensions are currently without any upfront or ongoing licensing fees. People are free to offer paid extensions, but I am not aware of them.

You are free to use, modify and share the code. If you benefit from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), you are encouraged to contribute back to the community.


Not a direct answer to your question, but an important thing to remember, is that nothing is completely 'free'. Specifically, every piece of code you add to your installation has a cost to you in installing, configuring, testing, maintenance and machine cycles.

The extension architecture is a fabulous way for the CiviCRM community to share their code, but there's no guarantees with it, so you need to make sure you know what you're doing before enabling too many of them.

  • well said - and there are many ways to contribute such as testing if an extension that is not flagged as working on the current version of civi actually does or not and reporting that back to the maintainers.
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 1:41

You can find a list of many extensions here - you should be able to install and use most of them more or less "out of the box".

In addition there is a bunch of extensions that are not in the extension directory for various reasons (too specific, not yet stable enough...) which are usually also free.

Especially if you want to use those but also if you have complex requirements/workflows you may require some customization or support in order to efficiently use extension. This may require some funding but I don't think it would be different with another system such as salesforce.

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