Licensing and Subscription¶
Mattermost offers a secure self-service Customer Portal where you can easily purchase and manage your Mattermost Enterprise subscriptions.
When you purchase a subscription, a license is generated. This license gives you access to Mattermost’s Enterprise features. Subscriptions purchased via the Customer Portal are stored and listed in the portal, with license details including their start and end dates, providing you with an at-a-glance overview of your account. You also have full access to your billing history making it easier to manage purchases and renewal dates.
You can access your Customer Portal account to view information about your:
- Subscription purchases
- Customer Portal account password
- Organization information
- Payment methods
- Renewals (available in a future release)
- Active users (available in a future release)
Purchasing an Enterprise license¶
If you don’t have a Customer Portal account
If you have an existing Customer Portal account
- Log in to your Customer Portal account.
- Choose a subscription type and enter the number of users in the Order summary field. This indicates the number of users you can have on this subscription’s instance. For more information about how users are defined, see our FAQ.
- (Optional for E20) You can add Premier Support, the cost of which is automatically added to your order total.
- Select Next Step.
- Enter your billing and payment information.
- Accept the Terms.
- Select Complete.
- Choose Download the license key.
If you experience any problems with your transaction, please contact our Support Team via the form provided in the Customer Portal. If possible, keep the error message/number that you received on hand as it may assist with their investigation.
Applying the license key¶
Your Mattermost Enterprise license is ready to use and be applied via the Mattermost System Console.
System Admin access is required in order to apply the license. If you are not a Mattermost System Admin, contact your organization’s Mattermost System Admin.
If you already have Mattermost installed
On the Customer Portal Subscriptions page, select Download License to download the license key for your subscription. In Mattermost, follow the steps provided in System Console > About > Edition and License to apply your license key.
You can also use the CLI to apply the license.
If you don’t have Mattermost installed
If you have not yet installed and deployed a Mattermost instance, visit the Deployment Guide to get started. For information on creating a System Admin account visit the Administrator Tasks documentation.
Viewing license information¶
For licenses purchased using the Customer Portal, you can view the license start date, expiry date, number of users and license type in your account under Subscription.
If you have an existing subscription and license, not purchased via the Customer Portal, this information will not be listed.
Adding more users to a purchased license¶
To add more users to your existing license, contact us.
You may incur retroactive charges for any unique users added that exceed the licensed total unique users in the current paid subscription. The retroactive charge per user will be the initial subscription cost per user.
Renewing an Enterprise license¶
The ability to renew your license in the Customer Portal will be available in a future release. To renew your license in the meantime, contact your Customer Success Manager to start the renewal process. Alternatively, contact us for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions¶
Are my credit card details safe?¶
Should you wish to make payment using another method, please contact our Billing team.
How is user defined for Enterprise Edition subscriptions?¶
Do I need to pay for deactivated users?¶
No. If you deactivate a user that user is not counted as an active user during your annual renewal process. You can deactivate users manually via System Console and also via Active Directory/LDAP synchronization, the CLI tool, and the server APIs.
If you choose to pull SQL reports from the database to monitor individual activity to make deactivation decisions, and you are running under high user load, we recommend the reports are pulled from a read replica of the database.
Can I use the same license key on multiple Enterprise Edition servers?¶
License keys for unlocking the advanced features in Mattermost Enterprise Edition can only be applied to a single deployment. A deployment consists of either a single Mattermost application server, or multiple linked Mattermost application servers in a high availability configuration with access to a single database.
Customers who purchase the Premier Support add-on to E20 are licensed to run with a single deployment of Mattermost license key in production and up to 4 non-production deployments of Mattermost (for example: development, staging, user acceptance testing, etc.).
Is my license available immediately?¶
Yes, once your payment is successfully processed your license is immediately available to download.
How will I know when to renew my license?¶
You will be notified 60 days prior to your license expiry that your license is due for renewal, via a blue banner displayed at the top of your Mattermost window. This banner is only visible to System Admins.
You can select Please renew to begin the renewal process. You can also select the x to dismiss the notification. The notification is reactivated when your browser refreshes.
How do I renew my license?¶
You can renew your license in Mattermost via the blue renewal reminder banner. Select Please Renew to begin the process. You can also visit https://mattermost.com/renew, and complete the form provided.
How long does it take to renew a license?¶
Once you’ve started the renewal process, we will be in contact with you to confirm your order and send you the order form. There may be additional paperwork required. Once we have the signed order form and (if applicable) the necessary paperwork from you, we are able to process the renewal and issue your license key within 24 hours.
What happens to my license if I don’t renew in time?¶
If you don’t renew within the 60-day renewal period, a 10 day grace period is provided for you to upload a new license key. During this period your Mattermost installation runs as normal, with full access to Enterprise features.
When the grace period expires, your Enterprise version is downgraded to Team Edition. Enterprise features are disabled.
What happens when my license expires?¶
If you don’t renew your license within the 10-day grace period, your Mattermost version is automatically downgraded to Team Edition so you can still access and use Mattermost. However, Enterprise features will no longer be available and if you are currently using them, the functionality will no longer be accessible.
When you renew, the Enterprise features will become available with the previous configuration (provided no action such as user migration has been taken).
Which features are affected when my Enterprise license expires?¶
The affected Enterprise features include, but are not limited to, the following:
|Feature||How it’s affected||What steps do I need to take?|
|Elasticsearch||Elasticsearch is automatically disabled and will start using the default database for indexing posts.||None needed.|
|AD/LDAP, SAML SSO, Office 365 SSO, and Google SSO||
Login options are no longer provided on the sign-in page. Users who previously signed in with one of these methods are no longer able to.
Users who were already signed in can continue to use Mattermost until their session expires or until they log out.
|Users must be migrated to email authentication via System Console > Users. Select the drop-down menu for the relevant member, choose Switch to Email/Password, enter a new password, and choose Reset.|
Groups in the database are retained but cannot be used. Memberships are frozen in state for group synced teams/channels.
Mentions for AD/LDAP groups are not shown in the autocomplete menu.
Group mentions are no longer highlighted in text and do not trigger new notifications.
|Use the CLI to modify group sync settings for the team/channel.|
|High Availability||High Availability is disabled. If all nodes in a cluster continue running, the nodes will stop communicating and caches will get out of sync. This is likely to cause delays in messages, notifications, etc.||None needed.|
|Performance monitoring||Monitoring is disabled and Grafana will no longer update with new data.||None needed.|
|Compliance exports||Jobs are no longer scheduled in the job server. Data is not exported.||None needed.|
|Data retention||Jobs are no longer scheduled in the job server. Data is not deleted.||None needed.|
|Custom terms||Custom terms no longer displayed to end users on login. Data is retained in the Terms of Service database table.||None needed.|
|Custom announcement banners||No longer visible and is replaced by the default announcement banner.||None needed.|
|Multi-factor authentication (MFA)||MFA is no longer enforced/required for new accounts but remains enabled for those who configured it.||None needed.|
|Permissions||Permissions are retained in the database in a frozen state and cannot be modified in the the System Console.||Use the CLI to reset permissions to default.|
|Guest accounts||Guests that are not actively logged in are prevented from logging in. Guests who are actively logged in are able to use Mattermost until their session expires or they log out.||None needed.|
Is there a maximum number of users per subscription?¶
No, there is no limit to the subscription value or number of users you can purchase per product.
Can other members of my organization use this account to manage our subscription?¶
We currently support a single account/user per organization. The ability to add multiple users per organization will be available in a future release.
What happens if my department buys Mattermost Enterprise Edition and then central IT buys a high volume license that also covers my department?¶
Mattermost Enterprise Edition subscriptions and support benefits are licensed per production instance.
When the subscription term for your department’s production instance expires, you can either discontinue your department’s production instance and move to the instance hosted by central IT (which can optionally provision one or more teams for your department to control), or you can renew your subscription to maintain control of your department’s instance (e.g., to configure or customize the system in a manner highly specific to your line-of-business) in addition to using the instance from central IT.
How do I delete my Customer Portal account?¶
Please contact Mattermost Support for assistance with deleting your Customer Portal account.
What happens to my license when I delete my account?¶
When an account is deleted, the license remains valid. When the license is close to expiring, you will need to create a new profile in order to purchase a new license.