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What license(s) are the Android support libraries released under?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I’ve been reading through the documentation for the Android Support Library, but while it explicitly says that you should include it in your Android project, it doesn’t mention anything about what license the library itself is under (the only license notice present applies to the contents of the documentation page, not the code it describes). The copy spat out by Eclipse does not include any licensing information either, and queries to Google mostly just link back to the same documentation pages.

This confuses me. Should I include a notice that the code is from Google? Not put in any license notice at all? Or am I not properly understanding how the library is meant to be used? Admittedly, I am quite new to Android development.

How to&Answers:

Each source file, (like this one) contains a copyright header like this:

 * Copyright (C) 2011 The Android Open Source Project
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 * You may obtain a copy of the License at
 *      http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 * distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
 * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
 * limitations under the License.

Which states an Apache license:


And, I think apache license allows derivative works to be built and sold. Still, you should:

  1. Include same license in source of the derived product as well.
  2. Clearly state what parts you derived changes, built upon.

You can place this in Licence.txt or Readme.txt at the root of your project.


Look into your NOTICE.txt file in your android/support folder. Quote: “The Android Open Source Project. Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, […], http://www.apache.org/licenses/“.


Look at this file (Local Maven repository for Support Libraries is subset of this path):


Notice for all the files in this folder.

Copyright (c) 2005-2013, The Android Open Source Project

Apache License Version 2.0, January 2004