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Added on: 2018-03-12
Last update: 2019-09-12
Is NoMachine for remote desktop free?

NoMachine is free to download and install for anyone who wants a remote desktop software for personal, or individual, use. I.e if you are looking for a remote access software to install on your home/office/school PC or Mac in order to access its files and documents, play games, view or upload multimedia, carry out some remote admin work etc, you can install the free NoMachine package.

On the computer you want to access, install NoMachine for your OS which you can download from https://www.nomachine.com/download.

On the connecting device, install the right package for your operating system (clients are available for Windows, Linux, Raspberry, Mac, iOS and Android). Please note that iOS and Android packages are available to download from their respective stores.

If you need to access your office computer, and provided it's not to carry out activities which would be considered "commercial usage" as per the EULA (https://www.nomachine.com/licensing), you can also install the free version.

 

What is considered private or individual use? The list can be endless, but some typical scenarios are:

- Accessing your computer (at home or the office) to work on and view your own personal files.

- Sharing your desktop with a friend or colleague.

- Accessing your family's or friend's computer to help them out.

- Sporadic remote admininstration of a computer at work.


So, what is considered commercial use?

A commercial user is defined as "an individual or entity, or an individual acting on behalf of an entity, who uses the Software or causes the Software to be used within or to provide commercial products or services to third parties."

Remember that on the connecting device, clients are free, so choose from NoMachine or Enterprise Client. On the host or computer you want to access, one of the NoMachine for the Enterprise products will be required. In our specific example, the alternative to the free NoMachine software package is Enterprise Desktop.

Some typical commercial scenarios:
 
- Offering access to a hosted desktop as part of your company's services for employees or customers.

- Reselling NoMachine software as part of a business-related service offering.

- Accessing multiple computers to carry out regular business-related activity for your organization.


Subscriptions to Enterprise Desktop are available for purchase to anyone who wants the benefit of technical assistance and unlimited connections on the remote desktop being accessed. See the following article for more details: https://www.nomachine.com/AR07L00808.

Compare the free version with Enterprise Desktop: https://www.nomachine.com/remote-access-for-your-needs


If you're still unsure whether your usage constitutes personal or private use, or have any questions about our commercial products in the Enterprise range, please contact us.