Over-the-air software updates with Mender

Why over-the-air software updates?

Connected devices, or the Internet of Things (IoT), are any nonstandard computing devices that connect wirelessly to a network. There are several reasons you might want to update the software on these devices:

  • to fix bugs
  • to patch security vulnerabilities
  • or to push new features.

Over-the-air (OTA) is the most efficient - and sometimes the only way - to update devices remotely and avoid having to send a technician to manually update each and every device in their various locations.

The software update process for connected devices is complex, with many requirements to ensure a secure and robust process. For example, any interruption to the update process due to power loss or poor network connectivity could brick the device and make it unusable.


Watch our 2 minute video about the common challenges of OTA updates

Why Mender?

Save yourself valuable development time and effort

Some organizations decide to build their own update mechanism without realizing how much it can cost. Read our White Paper on the Hidden Costs of Homegrown Updaters to learn about the costs of rolling and maintaining your own update tool, compared to a ready-made solution like Mender.

No vendor lock-in

Mender is fully open source, licensed under Apache 2.0 and freely available to use with no vendor lock-in. You can run Mender on-premise, in standalone mode or sign up for Hosted Mender - all without fear of being locked in.

Reduce customer support issues

Mender is focused on giving you a robust and secure update process, so you can avoid the common pitfalls that lead to devices being bricked or compromised. Using image-based updates with automatic rollback your devices will always come back online and be ready to receive updates - which means fewer customer support issues and no costly device recalls.

More features

Mender's features include an intuitive UI, deployment reports, custom checks via scripting support, code signing and more.

Read a full list of Mender's features

Mender Enterprise

Mender Enterprise is customized for fine-grained updates of all your software and devices. Mender Enterprise is the commercially supported version of Mender that enables all your update use cases with production grade security, uptime and scalability.

Visit the Mender Enterprise page or read the Mender Enterprise datasheet

Getting started

Deploy your first OTA update with Mender today

The fasted way to get started is to sign up for Hosted Mender - you can try it out for free with credit to the value of $120 in your first 12 months.

We host a production-ready deployment management server for you; just connect your devices to the server, and you can very quickly get up and running with OTA updates.

You may cancel your account at any time. The full Hosted Mender pricing model is explained in detail here.

Sign up now to try out Hosted Mender with $120 free credit!

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Alternatively, you can download Mender on-premise for free and set it up it yourself - it just takes a little more time to get up and running.

Follow our ‘Getting Started’ guide to run Mender using your own infrastructure.

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