Oracle ISV

Pros and Cons of Oracle ASFU (Application Specific Full Use) License

Pros and Cons of Oracle ASFU:


  • Flexibility: More freedom in software access compared to ESL.
  • Cost-Effective: Often cheaper for embedding Oracle in specific applications.
  • Simplified Licensing: Tailored for specific applications, reducing complexity.
  • Resell Opportunities: Allows bundling and reselling with Oracle embedded.


  • Restrictions: Still has limitations on software use.
  • Audit Risks: Potential for rigorous Oracle audits.
  • Long-Term Costs: Initial savings might be offset by future costs.
  • Dependency: Ties you to Oracle’s ecosystem.

Pros of Oracle ASFU License:

  1. Flexibility: Unlike the more restrictive ESL (Embedded Software License), ASFU offers more software access and modification flexibility.
  2. Cost-Effective: For ISVs that need to integrate Oracle products into their applications, ASFU can be a more cost-effective licensing model compared to standard licenses.
  3. Simplified Licensing: ASFU licenses are application-specific, which can simplify the licensing process and reduce the complexity of managing multiple licenses.
  4. Resell Opportunities: ISVs can bundle and resell their applications with embedded Oracle products, potentially opening up new revenue streams.
  5. Support and Updates: ASFU licenses often come with Oracle’s support and regular updates, ensuring the embedded Oracle products remain current and secure.

Cons of Oracle ASFU License:

  1. Restrictions: Although ASFU is less restrictive than ESL, it still comes with its own limitations, especially concerning the specific applications in which Oracle products can be embedded.
  2. Audit Risks: Oracle is known for its rigorous audit processes. ASFU license holders might face audits to ensure they comply with the license terms.
  3. Long-Term Costs: While ASFU might be cost-effective initially, the long-term costs, especially if the application scales or evolves, can be higher.
  4. Dependency: Embedding Oracle products can lead to a dependency on Oracle’s ecosystem, which might limit flexibility in the future.
  5. Complexity: Understanding and adhering to the terms of the ASFU license can be complex, especially for ISVs unfamiliar with Oracle’s licensing intricacies.


The Oracle ASFU license offers a unique opportunity for ISVs to integrate Oracle products into their applications.

However, weighing the pros and cons is essential to determine whether it fits a specific application or business model.

Consulting with licensing experts or legal counsel can provide clarity and ensure compliance.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.