# Insiders¶

Material for MkDocs uses the sponsorware release strategy, which means that new features are first exclusively released to sponsors as part of Insiders. Read on to learn how sponsorship works, and how easy it is to get access to Insiders.

## How sponsorship works¶

New features first land in Insiders, which means that sponsors will have access immediately. Every feature is tied to a funding goal in monthly subscriptions. When a funding goal is hit, the features that are tied to it are merged back into Material for MkDocs and released for general availability. Bugfixes are always released simultaneously in both editions.

Don't want to sponsor? No problem, Material for MkDocs already has tons of features available, so chances are that most of your requirements are already satisfied. See the list of exclusive features to learn which features are currently only available to sponsors.

## How to become a sponsor¶

#### Future¶

• Material for MkDocs Live Edit
• Improved search result summaries
• List of last searches
• Table of contents shows which sections have search results
• Native lightbox for (inline) images
• New layouts and styles (e.g. vertical)
• ... and much more ...

## Frequently asked questions¶

### Compatibility¶

We're running an open source project and want to make sure that users can build the documentation without having access to Insiders. Is this still possible?

Yes. Insiders is compatible with Material for MkDocs. All new features are implemented behind feature flags; all configuration changes are backward-compatible. This means that your users will be able to build the documentation locally with Material for MkDocs and when they push their changes, it can be built with Insiders (e.g. as part of GitHub Actions). Thus, it's recommended to install Insiders only in CI, as you don't want to expose your GH_TOKEN to users.

### Terms¶

We're using Material for MkDocs to build the developer documentation of a commercial project. Can we use Insiders under the same terms and conditions?

Yes. Whether you're an individual or a company, you may use Material for MkDocs Insiders precisely under the same terms as Material for MkDocs, which are given by the MIT license. However, we kindly ask you to respect the following guidelines:

• Please don't distribute the source code of Insiders. You may freely use it for public, private or commercial projects, fork it, mirror it, do whatever you want with it, but please don't release the source code, as it would counteract the sponsorware strategy.

• If you cancel your subscription, you're removed as a collaborator and will miss out on future updates of Insiders. However, you may use the latest version that's available to you as long as you like. Just remember that GitHub deletes private forks.