Postcardware, also called just cardware, is a style of software distribution similar to shareware, distributed by the author on the condition that users send the author a postcard.

This is similar to beerware. A variation, Emailware, uses the same approach but requires the user to send the author an email.

Postcardware, like other "novelty" software distribution terms, is often not strictly enforced.


The concept was first used by Aaron Giles, author of JPEGView.cite web|url= |title=Aaron's Computing History |accessdate=2006-08-07 |accessmonthday= |accessyear= |author= |last=Giles |first=Aaron |authorlink=Aaron Giles |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate=] Another well-known piece of postcardware is the roguelike game "Ancient Domains of Mystery", whose author collects postcards from around the world. Orbitron is distributed as postcardware. Exifer is a popular application among digital photographers that is "postcardware". Caledos Automatic Wallpaper Changer is a "still alive" project cardware. Linux was postcardware for a long time as well. [cite book|last=Torvalds|first=Linus|authorlink=Linus Torvalds|title=Just for Fun|publisher=HarperCollins Publishers|location=New York|isbn=0-06-662072-4]


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