A tour of the Tidelift Subscription

Enterprise-ready open source software—managed for you

The Tidelift Subscription is a managed open source subscription for application dependencies covering millions of open source projects across JavaScript, Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, .NET, and more.

You get commercial support and maintenance for the open source dependencies you use to build your applications, backed by the project maintainers. Save time and reduce risk.

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How does it work?

Tidelift uses a layered approach to keep your open source dependencies trouble-free and enterprise-ready.

  • Tools. We provide tools to keep track of all the dependencies you use, flag issues, and enforce policies.
  • Management. We manage core, mission-critical packages on your behalf, including researching and resolving issues so you don't have to anymore.
  • Maintainers. We recruit maintainers for many important projects and pay them to proactively prevent problems and address the root causes of issues.


These three layers, tools, management, and maintainers, make up a complete solution based on open source best practices.

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Key benefits

Tidelift offers 6 key benefits that aren't available when you're using open source for free. We're uniquely positioned to provide these benefits because we work with the maintainers of your packages to bring them up to enterprise expectations and address root-cause issues.

Security updates

Tidelift’s security response team coordinates patches for new security vulnerabilities and alerts immediately through a private channel, to keep your software supply chain more secure.

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License verification and indemnification

Tidelift verifies license information to enable easy policy enforcement and adds intellectual property indemnification to cover creators and users in case something goes wrong. You always have a 100% up-to-date bill of materials for your dependencies to share with your legal team, customers, or partners.

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Maintenance and code improvement

Tidelift ensures the software you rely on keeps working as long as you need it to work. Your managed dependencies are actively maintained and we recruit additional maintainers where required.

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Package selection and version guidance

We help you choose the best open source packages from the start—and then guide you through updates to stay on the best releases as new issues arise.

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Roadmap input

Take a seat at the table with the creators behind the software you use. Tidelift’s participating maintainers earn more income as their software is used by more subscribers, so they’re interested in knowing what you need.

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Tools and cloud integration

Tidelift works with GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, and more. We support every cloud platform (and other deployment targets, too).

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An all-in-one, comprehensive way to manage your open source components

Together with our network of creators and maintainers, we're giving you a comprehensive managed open source solution that saves your team time while reducing open source-related risk.

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