ROOT license for academic use


I am a physics student at a university working on research project that involves running simulations on a High performance computing cluster.
I need to install ROOT 5.34.32 for my simulations however this software is also going to be available for any one to use on the cluster. I am concerned about the licensing of this software. Are there any precautions I should take when installing this software? Do I need to create a disclaimer and where and how should I create it? Or do I just Install the software?
I’m asking because the page about ROOT’s licensing info is a bit confusion and unclear because we are using ROOT not modifying it.


Hi Alejandro,
ROOT is released under the GNU Lesser General Public Lincense (quickly summarized here. It is a free, open-source license, so you can certainly install it on your cluster and let people use it – as long as you respect the terms of the license (but I am sure that there is no issue in your use case).

EDIT: for completeness, the license is distributed together with ROOT, and you can read it here.

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