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README.md

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A license management utility for programs written in Golang.

This program handles identifying software licenses and standardizing on a short, abbreviated name for each known license type.

Enforcement

License identifier enforcement is not strict. This makes it possible to warn when an unrecognized license type is used, encouraging either conformance or an update to the list of known licenses. There is no way we can know all types of licenses.

License guessing

This program also provides naive license guessing based on the license body (text). This makes it easy to just throw a blob of text in and get a standardized license identifier string out.

It is also possible to have go-license guess the file name that contains the license data. This is done by scanning a directory for well-known license file names.

Recognized License Types

MIT
The MIT license. (text)

ISC
The ISC license. (text)

NewBSD
The "new" or "revised" BSD license. (text)

FreeBSD
The "simplified" BSD license. (text)

Apache-2.0
Apache License, version 2.0 (text)

MPL-2.0
The Mozilla Public License v2.0 (text)

GPL-2.0
The GNU General Public License v2.0 (text)

GPL-3.0
The GNU General Public License v3.0 (text)

AGPL-3.0
The GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 (text)

LGPL-2.1
GNU Library or "Lesser" General Public License v2.1 (text)

LGPL-3.0
GNU Library or "Lesser" General Public License v3.0 (text)

CDDL-1.0
Common Development and Distribution License v1.0 (text)

EPL-1.0
Eclipse Public License v1.0 (text)

Unlicense
Unlicense (text)

Example

package main

import (
    "fmt"
    "github.com/ryanuber/go-license"
)

func main() {
    // This case will work if there is a guessable license file in the
    // current working directory.
    l, err := license.NewFromDir(".")
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Println(err.Error())
        return
    }

    fmt.Println(l.Type)

    // This case will do the exact same thing as above, but uses an explicitly
    // set license file name instead of searching for one.
    l, err = license.NewFromFile("./LICENSE")
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Println(err.Error())
        return
    }

    fmt.Println(l.Type)

    // This case will work when the license type can be guessed based on text
    l = new(license.License)
    l.Text = "permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person " +
        "obtaining a copy of this software"

    if err := l.GuessType(); err != nil {
        fmt.Println(err.Error())
        return
    }

    fmt.Println(l.Type)

    // This case will work in all cases. The license type and the license data
    // are both being set explicitly. This enables one to use any license.
    l = license.New("MyLicense", "My terms go here")
    fmt.Println(l.Type)

    // This call determines if the license in use is recognized by go-license.
    fmt.Println(l.Recognized())
}

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