Open Source

Open Source Licenses for the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk)

On a case-by-case basis, Instantiations is granting open source licenses of its products to committers who are working on non-commercial open source projects.

To Apply for an Open Source License

Please send an email to:

Include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Name of the Project
  • Your Affiliation to the Project
  • Project description in brief
  • Web Link to the Project*
  • Project graphic (if available)*
  • Instantiations software product(s) you wish to use
  • Other comments...

* Once your project is far enough along, we'd love to boost the profile of your project on social media...with your permission of course.

Please mention that you used the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) within your project readme or website. A link back to our website, or blog entries mentioning VAST, would be appreciated too!

Open Source Software on Instantiations' GitHub - FAQ

Q: What is the URL for Instantiations' GitHub?


Q: Why is Instantiations on GitHub?

A: Some of our GitHub repos give VAST users a great way to preview certain technologies before they are available in the core product. Other software we've created may never be available as part of the VAST Platform, but we wanted to make it open source and available to the community regardless.

Q: Can I contribute to some of Instantiations' open source projects?

A: Yes, we welcome external contributions. To get involved, email us at, and let us know which projects you're interested in.

Q: Are there any software requirements to use the software within Instantiations' GitHub?

A: See each repo's "" file for more details. Some software requires the use of Tonel, which requires VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) 9.2.1 or higher. Find Tonel at:

Q: Can I use software within Instantiations' GitHub for commercial purposes?

A: Usually, but always consult the license agreement within each repo for the details of allowed usage just to be sure.

Q: What's the difference between Instantiations' GitHub and the VAST Community Hub?

A: We encourage community involvement in both places, but the VAST Community Hub uses a more community-driven approach with limited oversight by Instantiations. In contrast, our engineers give extra attention to the code within Instantiations' GitHub.

Q: Will Instantiations do regular maintenance and development for the projects within Instantiations' GitHub?

A: Instantiations will maintain and update code in our GitHub on a best effort basis. In some cases, the open source software found in our repos will eventually be integrated into the VAST Platform.

Q: Can I use an open source license of the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) for commercial projects?

A: Definitely not. Open source licenses are meant for not-for-profit projects and the advancement of open source community initiatives only. If you want to use VA Smalltalk for commercial projects, please contact to purchase a license.

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