As is the case with all of our products, you can download a free, fully-functional 30-day evaluation of Dragonfly.

After your trial period has ended, you will need to either purchase a commercial Dragonfly license or request a non-commercial license to continue using Dragonfly. You can purchase a commercial license for Dragonfly and any optional feature from our online store, or you can request an obligation-free Quote.


Perpetual license

Perpetual licenses can be purchased for a one-time fee, which includes all updates and technical support during the maintenance period.

  • Free product upgrades and updates
  • Priority technical support
  • Includes a 12 months maintenance plan

See below for additional licensing options. 






Annual commercial license

Annual licenses are based on an annual subscription rate, which includes updates and technical support during the maintenance period.

  • Free product upgrades and updates
  • Priority technical support
  • Includes 12 months maintenance plan

See below for additional licensing options. 





Non-commercial license

Non-commercial licenses are granted free of charge to qualified researchers and academics for a period of one year from the date of request.

  • Access to Dragonfly Social
  • Optional maintenance plan
  • Access to advanced modules and features including Deep Learning





Deciding between an annual or perpetual license?

Review the advantages of our annual and perpetual licenses to help you decide on the licensing model that best fits your organization.

Annual licenses, also known as subscription or software as a service licenses, are often the most cost-effective solution for an organization as license fees are spread evenly over the life of the contract and all updates, upgrades, and technical support are included in the licensing fee. In addition, annual licenses are usually purchased out of an organization's operating budget, which can be easier to access than capital budgets.

Perpetual licenses are the opposite of annual licenses. In the perpetual model of licensing, you make an upfront, one-time purchase of the license. The main benefit of a perpetual license is that it can provide the best return on investment over the long term. However, perpetual licenses are typically purchased from an organization's capital budget and not the operational budget. Capital budgets are often harder to access and you never know how easy or difficult it will be in the future to make changes and add licenses.

Although perpetual licenses only include maintenance for the first year, you can purchase additional coverage that includes all updates, upgrades, and technical support.

Take advantage of additional licensing options to fit your organization

Have a large number of Dragonfly users that need to use software, but only a subset that will be active at any given time?
Please contact us to learn more about our additional licensing options and optional extras. 


Guidelines to distinguish non-commercial and commercial use

You may only use Dragonfly under the terms of a relevant license agreement. The applicable license agreement depends on your use of the software, which can be summarized as follows:

  • Non-commercial use is subject to the terms of our Non-Commercial License Agreement. Non-commercial licenses are granted free-of-charge to qualified researchers, academics, and non-commercial developers for non-profit research, academic study, or development purposes only. Non-commercial licenses are valid for a one-year period and can be renewed annually at no charge.
  • Any use of Dragonfly for commercial purposes requires a commercial license. Commercial licenses are available as an annual subscription or as a perpetual license.

The term non-commercial, as used in the context of Dragonfly licensing, means academic research or other activities that are not undertaken for financial gain, advantage, or other reward and that are not intended to produce works, services, or data for commercial use. However, you should note that whether a particular use of Dragonfly is non-commercial or commercial depends on the use of the software, not the user. Learn more about our Non-Commercial Licensing Program.

Contact us for more information about our commercial and non-commercial licensing guidelines.

Comet Technologies Canada Inc. management reserves the right to revoke all non-commercial licensing privileges.

Some territorial restrictions may apply. Comet Technologies Canada Inc. does not offer free non-commercial licenses in countries in which Comet Technologies Canada Inc. products are distributed by local agencies. These countries include Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan. Find a local distributor of Comet Technologies Canada Inc products in your area.

Header image: Fiber dataset courtesy of ZEISS Microscopy.