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Can Stack Exchange be customized to specific projects?

We were interested in using Stack Overflow's technology on our website and heard that you have to purchase a licenseto do this?

Is this true?

  • I would purchase a licence if I needed to support/faq site. Oct 3, 2014 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


See this answer by Robert Cartaino:

We no longer offer a subscription service nor license the software to host Stack Exchange sites. Stack Exchange sites can only be created through the democratic, community-driven process at Area 51. You can read about that process here: Area 51 FAQ.

We do not offer “white-label” services, nor the ability to bypass Area 51 to create sites through partnerships.

  • The answer you're citing is... not necessarily accurate. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/55240/… Also, boo for posting an answer here instead of flagging as a duplicate.
    – Pops
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:38
  • @PopularDemand, even if the answer was the same, the question didn't much look the same to me. I'll know better next time.
    – Xeon06
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:53
  • We sometimes close things on MSO as duplicates that aren't really duplicates, but in this case I thought the resemblance was pretty clear. This question is just... very generic.
    – Pops
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:55

Check out some open source alternatives instead of spending some money on a license. This meta link has a lot of info.

I've personally tried OSQA and tell you that it is very easy to setup and implement! Give it a shot!

  • OSQA is the only viable one that I've seen.
    – user102937
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:16