Software that is available for free, usually over the Internet.
The definition of freeware is software that is distributed for use to anyone who wants it without any fees being required before use.
The Linux operating system is an example of freeware.
Copyrighted computer software that is available free of charge but whose distribution, resale, etc. typically are restricted.
Software that is available to users for free. Freeware is often made available for downloading over the Internet.
Software given away free of charge, typically over the Internet or through a user group. Individual software developers often make beta versions of copyrighted software available as freeware for user trials, but charge for subsequent versions refined as a result of end user input. Some developers never charge for its use and even forbid others to do so. Some freeware is available in commercial versions, with charges for support, but not for licensing. Freeware is generally not public domain software, as there usually are restrictions on its use and modification. See also beta, copyright, open source, public domain, and software.