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Grafana 7 brings a new plugin architecture, making it easier to create and maintain plugins.

Within the next few months, all plugins will need to be cryptographically signed. This will improve the security, quality, and reliability of the plugin ecosystem, while also helping Grafana Labs build a sustainable open source business around Grafana.

In summary, if you wish to sign a plugin that is limited to your own internal use, or wish to publish and distribute a plugin that has only non commercial and open source dependencies, there is no charge to sign your plugin. If you wish to publish and distribute a plugin with commercial dependencies, an active Commercial Plugin Subscription is required,

There are three plugin levels under which you can sign a plugin.

Plugin Level Paid Subscription Required? Description
Private No;
Free of charge
You can create and sign a Private Plugin for any technology at no charge.

Private Plugins are for use on your own Grafana. They may not be distributed to the Grafana community, and are not published in the Grafana catalog.
Community No;
Free of charge
You can create, sign and distribute plugins at no charge, provided that all dependent technologies are open source and not for profit.

Community Plugins are published in the official Grafana catalog, and are available to the Grafana community.
Commercial Yes;
Commercial Plugin Subscription required
You can create, sign and distribute plugins with dependent technologies that are closed source or commercially backed, by entering into a Commercial Plugin Subscription with Grafana Labs.

Commercial Plugins are published on the official Grafana catalog, and are available to the Grafana community.

To learn more, inquire by contacting us.