What is the difference between the perpetual and subscription license options?

With the release of OSForensics V8, PassMark has introduced a subscription option. The licensing option best suited to you will depend on your use case, how frequently you use the software and your need to access the latest updates and user support. See below for each license inclusions.

An OSForensics monthly or annual SUBSCRIPTION license includes:

  • Access to the latest version of OSForensics
  • Continual access to major and minor release updates
  • Continual access to priority support and customer service
  • If your subscription is cancelled or expires without renewal, OSForensics will no longer work

An OSForensics PERPETUAL license includes:

  • Non-expiring license of the OSForensics version you purchased
  • Capped 12 or 36 months of support and maintenance
  • If your support license expires, OSForensics will continue to work, but you will no longer receive new version upgrades or technical support

We also offer a complimentary 30-Day Trial Edition for download. This free trial is feature-restricted and will stop working after 30 days from installation.

License Comparison

There are free, subscription and perpetual licenses of OSForensics available. The pricing and feature differences can be found below.

License Trial Edition Perpetual Subscription
License Validity 30 day trial Software never expires Software valid for length of subscription
Major and Minor Upgrades No Yes, for length of purchased support period Yes, for length of subscription
Support and Maintenance Free Public Forum Phone, E-mail, Forum support for length
of purchased support period
Phone, E-mail, Forum support
Installs per License 1 Allows for 2 machine installs (typically a lab machine and a laptop)
and 1 USB install, all controlled by the same user
Allows for 2 machine installs (typically a lab machine and a laptop)
and 1 USB install, all controlled by the same user
Auto-Renewal No No Yes, if paying by credit card.
Purchase Price $0 $159900 with 12 months of Support or
$349900 with 36 months of Support
$8900 per Month or
$89900 per Year
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Full feature comparison list between the various versions of OSForensics can be found here.

Note on Auto-Renewal Billing: If paying by credit card, billing for auto-renewal is charged automatically.

To cancel your subscription, click on 'My subscriptions' (after login) and select 'Cancel' for your plan. This will cease all subsequent auto renewals and charges on your credit card. Your current subscription will remain active (and you can continue using your software) until it expires at the next renewal period as per your plan.