First, someone purchases the Tidelift Subscription. Then, we scan the subscriber’s open source stack for packages and dependencies. We split up the subscription fee and use it to pay the exact packages they use.
In return, subscribers can be confident that those packages are well-maintained. Tidelift provides a comprehensive picture of maintenance, security, and licensing assurances to subscribers.
Package income is calculated each month based on subscriber usage. Payment is then sent to maintainers who've signed on to help us provide the subscription.
Read more details on how we’re paying the maintainers.
In short, maintain the package! As an active maintainer, you may be doing a lot of this work already. When we aggregate the output of this work for subscribers, they see a more complete picture. Here's a deep dive tour of how the lifting signup process works.
You do not give up control of your technical roadmap.
You are not expected to provide help desk or consulting services.
You can stop lifting a package at any time.
Check out the details below, and send us your questions or feedback.
Continue to actively maintain your project.
Keep subscribers informed about which releases are stable, long-term supported, and obsolete.
Write and share with subscribers helpful release notes for each release.
Track and respond to Tidelift-identified dependency issues (such as missing licenses, deprecated versions, etc.). We have tooling to help with this!
We'll walk you through this as needed over email, but here's what to expect:
We will ask you to sign a legal agreement and code of conduct. We've worked hard to make it understandable, and you can exit the agreement at any time with 30 days notice. You can review the agreement in its entirety here.
Our income estimate is for the entire project. If your project has co-maintainers, please discuss it with everyone.