ABP Framework vs ABP Commercial
ABP.IO Platform consists of the open-source ABP Framework and the ABP Commercial.
ABP Commercial adds important benefits on top of the open-source ABP framework with a set of professional application modules, UI themes, CRUD page generator: ABP Suite, premium support and additional services.
This document only focuses the major differences between the ABP Framework and the ABP Commercial. It only covers some of the features.
The following table explains the major differences between the open-source ABP Framework and the ABP Commercial version.
|Open Source ABP Framework Project||ABP Commercial|
|Free startup templates|
|Free (basic) application modules|
|Free (basic) UI theme|
|ABP CLI (Command Line Interface)|
|PRO startup templates|
|PRO application modules|
|PRO UI themes|
The ABP Framework is completely open-source and developed in a community-driven manner. While it is mainly developed and maintained by the Volosoft Team, it is getting contributions from all over the world. It will always remain open-source and free.
The ABP Commercial is not a replacement for the ABP Framework. It directly uses the ABP Framework under the hood and adds some benefits on top of it, which are described in this document.
Startup Templates are pre-built and configured solution templates that you can easily kick start your new project.
|Template Type||Open Source ABP Framework Project||ABP Commercial|
|Module / Service|
 ABP Commercial application startup template has some additional features, like public website and separate tenant database schema support.
Open source startup templates use the open-source LeptonX Lite theme and free modules while ABP Commercial startup templates use the PRO modules and themes.
ABP Commercial has many additional modules compared to the open-source ABP Framework project. Also, some modules have commercial versions with more features. The table below shows the list of module differences overall:
|Module||Open Source ABP Framework Project||ABP Commercial|
|Multi-Tenancy||Basic (only tenant management)||PRO (SaaS)|
|Identity Server Integration|
|Identity Server Management UI|
|Audit Log Reporting UI|
|Dynamic Language Management|
|Text Template Management|
Some modules have "Basic" (open-source) and "PRO" (commercial) versions. The next sections show the differences between the basic and the PRO versions.
Identity Module: Basic vs PRO
Identity module's domain layer is the same. But the application, HTTP API and UI layers have differences shown below:
|Organization Unit Management|
|Claim Type Management|
|Security Log Reporting|
|Lock / Unlock a User|
|Setting Management (like Password Complexity Settings)|
Account Module: Basic vs PRO
|Multi-Tenancy (tenant switch)|
|Forgot Password / Password Reset|
|Two Factor Authentication|
|LDAP / Active Directory Login|
|User and Tenant Impersonation|
|Email / Phone Verification|
|User Profile Picture|
|Captcha on Login / Register Forms|
|Password Change at Next Logon|
|Authenticator App (2FA)|
The open-source multi-tenancy module named as "Tenant Management" while the commercial one named as "SaaS". The "SaaS" module is aimed to be a complete SaaS solution while the free one is for basic tenant management.
|Feature||Basic (Tenant Management)||Pro (SaaS)|
|Separate tenant databases |
 ABP Framework supports separate tenant databases at the framework level. However, only the commercial version SaaS module has a management UI, automatic database migration system and separate tenant database schema support.
ABP CLI vs ABP Suite
ABP CLI is an open source & free command line interface that is used to create a new solution, add a module/package to the solution, update ABP packages. Example ABP CLI usage:
abp new Acme.BookStore -d mongodb -u angular
Both the ABP Framework and the ABP Commercial developers can use ABP CLI. On the other hand, ABP Suite is a commercial tool that aims to assist your development;
- It supports all the features of ABP CLI with a GUI, so you don't have to memorize the commands.
- It is planned to add more features in the future to help your development process.
A screenshot from the CRUD Page Generator:
Is ABP Suite free?
ABP Suite is a part of the ABP Commercial Platform that generates full source code from the backend to the client. ABP Suite is not a free tool for everyone. It is free for only the active ABP Commercial license holders.
LeptonX Lite (Basic Theme) vs LeptonX (PRO Theme)
ABP Framework provides a theming system that has the following goals:
- To develop different themes and let the application use and upgrade a theme separately.
- To determine a standard set of libraries (like Bootstrap) to support all the themes.
- To provide a standard and theme-independent development model for module developers so that a module can play nicely with any theme.
The following themes are available:
A screenshot of the LeptonX Lite (free version):
LeptonX Theme is a commercial theme developed by the ABP Framework Core Team. It is 100% Bootstrap compatible, lightweight and powerful with multiple color styles and layout options.
A screenshot of the LeptonX Theme (paid version):
We provide many sample solutions based on the ABP Framework and ABP Commercial. All the sample solutions built with the ABP Framework are also valid for the ABP Commercial. So, ABP Commercial users can benefit from these samples as well. For that reason, we create many samples on the open-source side to provide more value for everyone.
However, there are some samples valid only for the ABP Commercial. See the samples for the ABP Commercial.
ABP Commercial provides two premium support options;
- All license types has the premium forum support. Your questions are answered by the ABP Framework development and experienced support team with a high priority.
- Enterprise license holders can send direct email and create private hidden tickets.
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