License: OpenSim GUI

The OpenSim Graphical User Interface (GUI) is open-source under the Apache 2.0 license. Some dependencies have more restrictive licenses.

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License: OpenSim API

The OpenSim Application Programming Interface (API) is fully open source and licensed under the Apache 2.0 license:

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 * The OpenSim API is a toolkit for musculoskeletal modeling and simulation.  *
 * See and the NOTICE file for more information.  *
 * OpenSim is developed at Stanford University and supported by the US        *
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License for Models, Examples, and Plug-Ins

Models, examples and plugins retain their own custom licenses. Refer to each individual file for information.

How to Acknowledge Us

Acknowledging the OpenSim project helps us and helps you. It allows us to track our impact, which is essential for securing funding to improve the software and provide support to our users (you).

  • Seth A, Hicks JL, Uchida TK, Habib A, Dembia CL, Dunne JJ, et al. (2018) OpenSim: Simulating musculoskeletal dynamics and neuromuscular control to study human and animal movement. PLoS Comput Biol 14(7): e1006223.
  • Delp SL, Anderson FC, Arnold AS, Loan P, Habib A, John CT, Guendelman E, Thelen DG. OpenSim: Open-source Software to Create and Analyze Dynamic Simulations of Movement. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. (2007)
  • For OpenSim Moco, please also cite: Dembia, C.L., Bianco, N.A., Falisse, A., Hicks, J.L., Delp, S.L. OpenSim Moco: Musculoskeletal optimal control. PLoS Computational Biology 16(12): e1008493.

We would also be grateful if you mention that OpenSim is funded by grants from the NIH including the Mobilize Center (P41EB027060) and Restore Center (P2CHD101913). We greatly appreciate this support, and the NIH appreciates knowing that their funds are having an impact, particularly on medical research and human health. If you use plugins, models, or other components contributed by your fellow researchers, you must acknowledge their work as described in the license that accompanies each of these files.

Additional Publications

For more publications about OpenSim see Theory and Publications