At Canonical we develop Ubuntu, the world’s most popular free operating system. Ubuntu is an African word that means 'humanity to others'. We chose it because it embodies the generosity of the community in driving Ubuntu's development, and the open source model that’s delivered it to millions of users around the world. Together, we're building an operating system that runs across phones and tablets, TV, desktop and cloud. It's secure and reliable, elegant and intuitive, and open for innovation. Ubuntu is the future of open source, but it's easy to use today. We're best known for our desktop operating system, used by over 20 million people, but Ubuntu Touch brings the intuitive user experience to smartphones, and is now available as a developer preview. And our cloud suite offers a clean, repeatable and manageable stack for anyone deploying private or public clouds. Our business model is unlike any other. As the sponsor of Ubuntu, we’re uniquely positioned to offer custom engineering, support and training, helping companies to reduce costs and improve efficiency. These optional services generate revenues we reinvest in developing Ubuntu. We have always been dedicated to creating and supporting Ubuntu, and making it available to everyone. 
Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
637 (est)-2%
Canonical was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in London, GB

Canonical Office Locations

Canonical has offices in London, Lexington, Douglas, Beijing and in 4 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
5th Floor, Blue Fin Building 110 Southwark Street
Taipei, TW
Room D, 46F, No. 7, Xin Yi Rd., Sec.5,
Shanghai, CN
Room 1246, 12F No. 331 North Caoxi Road
Minato, JP
Canonical Limited Level 21, Shiodome Shibarikyu Building 1-2-3 Kalgan
Beijing, CN
Room 17- 01Z, Floor B17, 101 Nei, Floor 3- 24 No. 3, Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District
Douglas, IM
One Circular Road
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Canonical Data and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date


Canonical Financial Metrics

Canonical's revenue was reported to be £63.6 m in FY, 2015 which is a 25% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2015)

63.6 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2014 - FY, 2015), %


Gross profit (FY, 2015)

61.2 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2015), %

GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015


41.1 m51 m63.6 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

3.2 m2.8 m2.4 m

Gross profit

37.9 m48.2 m61.2 m

Gross profit Margin, %

GBPY, 2015


103.7 k

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Canonical News and Updates

Canonical ends development of its phone to focus on cloud and IoT

 Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, long had aspirations to become a player in the mobile phone and tablet world, too. You can’t easily buy an Ubuntu-powered phone today (at least not in the U.S.), but over the years, a few have come and gone. As Canonical founder Mark Shut…

Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro for Cloud Foundry

 Pivotal, developers of the Cloud Foundry open source cloud development platform and Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced a partnership today where Ubuntu becomes the preferred operating system for Cloud Foundry. In fact, the two companies have been BFFs sin…

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