Student License

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ThingSpeak student licenses are for student use. Pricing is based on a count of messages to be processed and stored in a one-year period. ThingSpeak is available as a free service for non-commercial student projects (<3 million messages/year or ~REPLACE_FREE_MESSAGES_PER_DAY messages/day) with limits on capacity and update rates as well as other features. For larger student projects and for expanded limits, a student license is available. See the table and Pricing Calculator below for details. ThingSpeak is bought in units, where one unit allows 33 million messages to be processed and stored in a one-year period (~REPLACE_PAID_MESSAGES_PER_DAY messages/day). See Licensing FAQ for more details.

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Why Buy a Student License?

With a student license, you can send more data to ThingSpeak, and you can send data as fast as once per second. With MATLAB apps built into ThingSpeak, you can add custom analyses and visualizations to your data. You also have access to additional features such as private channel sharing and MQTT subscriptions.



For small non-commercial projects


For students at degree-granting institutions(1)

Scalable for larger projects

No. Annual usage is capped.

Number of messages

3 million/year
33 million/year per unit

Message update interval limit

Every 15 seconds Every second

MATLAB Compute Timeout

20 seconds 20 seconds

Number of simultaneous MQTT subscriptions

Limited to 3 50 per unit

Private channel sharing

Limited to 3 shares Unlimited

Technical Support

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(1)Not for government, commercial, academic-institutional or other organizational use.
(2)Based on constant update rate.

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