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Red Hat sponsors this Open Source project and employs its core developers. Additionally, Red Hat offers enterprise support and consultancy for this community project, as part of Red Hat product subscriptions.

Community and product comparison

The community download delivers everything you would expect from an Open Source project, including all features. The product subscription fills the missing gaps for enterprise use. Both community and product use the same code base.

Community Product subscription


All features

Yes Includes all enterprise features too


All bugfixes

Yes Master branch only

Yes Supported maintenance branches too




Backport bugfixes to maintenance branches

No Not released

Yes Released in maintenance releases

Security (CVE) watch for maintenance branches

No Eventually released from master branch only

Yes Released as backported bugfix


Unit testing


Yes On certification matrix

Integration testing


Yes On certification matrix

Stress testing



Performance testing and sizing



QA certification


Yes Cross matrix of OS’s, JDK’s, application containers, databases, …​ See supported configurations.


Roadmap impact

Yes Use mailing list, issue tracker or send a Pull Request

Yes Prioritized above community requests

Public forum

Yes Use community forum

Yes Or call 24/7 support instead

Private 24/7 support


Yes By web or phone, guaranteed response time (SLA)

Red Hat consultancy, training and POC assistance



Release schedule

Beta/CR releases

Yes Usually every few weeks

Yes After Final community release

Stable releases

Yes Final usually every 3 months

Yes GA usually 2 months after community Final release (if it is productized)

Maintenance releases

No Use latest Beta/CR instead

Yes Usually every 6 weeks

One-off release for an urgent customer critical issue


Yes Also rolled up in the next maintenance release


Open source (Apache License)


Yes but distribution available from customer portal only

Target audience

Free use

Enterprise production use



Call Red Hat and ask about BRMS

Upgrading from community to product is easy. If you use Maven, Gradle, Ivy or Buildr, simply add the customer maven repository and change the dependency version number. If you use ANT, swap the jars.

Product overview

KIE functionality overview

OptaPlanner is a fully supported component (called Business Resource Planner) of the following products:

  • Red Hat JBoss BRMS

    • Red Hat JBoss BRMS 6.0 includes a tech preview of OptaPlanner 6.0

    • Red Hat JBoss BRMS 6.1 includes full support for OptaPlanner 6.2

    • Red Hat JBoss BRMS 6.2 will include full support for OptaPlanner 6.3

  • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite

    • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6.0 includes a tech preview of OptaPlanner 6.0

    • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6.1 includes full support for OptaPlanner 6.2

    • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6.2 will includes full support for OptaPlanner 6.3

If you are interested in enterprise support or consultancy, please contact Red Hat.

If you already have a subscription, visit the Red Hat support portal.