Software development agreement

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Software development often begins as a one off, fixed term project - however, as demand increases, it frequently becomes and ongoing agreement for development and maintenance. Use this document to ensure both parties are protected.
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About this document

One time arrangement providing blanket terms and conditions for recurring performances of the Developer is the concept contemplated by this Agreement. By executing this Master Software Development Agreement, the Client engages a Developer to perform on Software Development projects through Work Statements issued by the Client from time to time as per the needs of the Client.

This document will cater to a long term business arrangement between a Client and a Software Developer engaged to perform on a variety of Computer Software Development projects.

The intention and purpose is to make the document suitable to cover International transactions, however, it can also be used for domestic version of a similar arrangement;

Who will use this document?

  • Any business arranging terms with a developer in the foreign / domestic market to provide computer software development services;
  • A developer capable of providing such and similar services to a foreign/local company or business in a long term business arrangement and not for one specific project.

Application and features

  • Suitable for foreign/domestic business arrangements;
  • Ready for adaptation to particular needs of either or both parties;
  • Comprehensive provisions provide ideas;
  • Simple English and user friendly;
  • Detailed explanatory notes to help proper execution and implementation.


  • Confidentiality and non-compete clauses;
  • Intellectual Property Rights;
  • Developer’s warranties and representations;
  • Developer’s compensation and payment terms;
  • Duration and termination;
  • Mutual hold harmless;
  • Non-poaching;
  • Relationship of parties; Indemnity and limitation of liabilities;
  • Appropriate legal provisions - warranties, exclusions, indemnities, etc.
  • Miscellaneous provisions and restrictive covenants.
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Recent reviews

Worked Very Well
13 July 2018
This is a very good template for a fixed-price software development engagement. The document is comprehensive and easy to understand. All sections are in a logical order. It worked very well for us.
Bartosz Krol
Review of the United Kingdom version
Very Clear
26 June 2013
The document was great: very clear and with appropriate options (particularly around the ownership of intellectual property). The guidance notes were helpful, but most importantly, the agreement is clearly and straightforwardly worded.
Jonathan Bell
Review of the United Kingdom version

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