Pricing Principles

This page sets out the concepts that we license and what units are measured across both FlowForge Cloud and Self-managed. Commercial decisions outside the scope of this document.

We have three primary tiers: Starter (Open-Source when self-managed), Premium, and Enterprise. The value and features provided within each tier correspond to the specific persona, acknowledging that a higher placement in the organisational chart typically implies different requirements.


Tier Objective Problem it Solves Persona
Starter (Open-source) Introduce Node-RED - Hosting Node-RED
- Subdomain
- Backups (snapshots)
- Individual contributor
- PLC engineer
- Line worker
Premium Scale the roll-out of Node-RED - Managing more than 5 Node-RED instances
- Security
- Effective collaboration
- IIoT manager
- Plant manager
Enterprise Node-RED as a company standard - Auditability
- Enterprise intergration
- Central IT departments
- (Plant manager)


Teams are the basic unit within FlowForge Cloud and the entity to which bills are charged. A teams can create zero or more applications, and one or more user can be members. Subject to access controls, some users can add cloud instances and remote devices (agents) to applications, and invite other members.

The number of teams for the open source offering of FlowForge is limited to 50.


A project has one or more Node-RED instance associated with it. The team is billed based on the number of Node-RED instances consuming resources inside applications.

Cloud instances

On the FlowForge Cloud, different levels of pricing is offered based on the resources that the instance has available (CPU/Mem). The price point is defined by the instance type which allows for an abstraction of stacks and billing. Additional features may also be defined by the instance type, for example: Custom Domains support.

Self-managed FlowForge installs are licensed based on the number of Node-RED instances, regardless of available resources for each. Open source installs are limited to 50 instances per FlowForge installation, and some features for instances aren't available, for example Persistent Context.


Devices are owned by the team and are charged for when they are created regardless of if they are assigned to a project or their connection state. The team is billed per device at the same rate regardless of tier or number of devices.

Devices are part of the licensed instances. The limit in the open source edition is 50 devices.


From the perspective of licensing the there's an unlicensed edition: open-source. This version is always self-managed. There's also a licensed version of FlowForge, this can be self-managed or FlowForge Managed. For FlowForge managed properties there's 3 tiers; Starter, Premium, and Enterprise. The open source edition doesn't require a license key to be uploaded. Without a valid license a basic set of features and quantity of instances(50), users(150), teams(50), and devices(50) are available. When a license is purchased it provides all of the functionality of the higher plans. It's then licensed for a number of Node-RED instances on an annual basis.