The licenses metric represents the most popular software licenses in a given economy. It gives the total count of unique developers making at least one git push to a repository with a given license. See our documentation for Licenses for more information about how we classify repositories by license.

License Rankings Globally

How to read this chart

Each data point corresponds to the rank of a license based on the count of unique developers who uploaded code to a repository subject to the terms of that license during a given quarter. Licenses with a greater count of unique developers appear higher on the chart and later values appear farther to the right.

Methodological note

Metrics for economies are only reported when there are 100 or more unique developers performing the relevant activity within the time period. See the datasheet in our repository for more on the metrics, definitions, representativeness, and limitations of the GitHub Innovation Graph.

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