Ironclad vs LinkSquares

The LinkSquares Alternative Where AI Simplifies Contracts From Creation to Completion

Ironclad is the leading contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution. Bring all your contracts in one place to see the full context of your legal agreements. Make better business decisions and operate up to 60% faster.

Request Demo

LinkSquares was born as a way to store and find contracts

And they’re great at it! But as they work backwards and add other important steps in their contracting processes, user experience and adoption suffer. Here's why you might want to look for a LinkSquares alternative:

  • Creating new contracts is not intuitive
  • Documents can’t be edited in-app
  • Missing automations slow down your work
  • Approval and signing take extra steps
  • AI is only used for repository

Ironclad vs LinkSquares

Ironclad solves all stages of the contract lifecycle


Product structure

Finalize, Sign and Analyze

3 different products to choose from


A single, end-to-end CLM solution in one place

Contract migration



AI extraction time

7-10 days


Repository file structure

Flat file only

Takes longer to find files

Flat file with hierarchical visualizations

Locate any file extremely fast

Contract creation


Limited logic with manual routing — hard to scale

Workflow Builder

Add conditionality to create infinite contract variations in an easy to use workflow

Public workflows

Public workflows available

Document editor

Cloud-based, AI-powered, DOCx native

Version management

Detect changes and merge documents

Acceptance methods

eSignature only

eSignature & click-to-accept

For high-volume, non-negotiated agreements

Clause library

Static manual library

AI-powered playbooks

See suggestions for risk areas, and key terms and clauses

Salesforce integration

0 reviews on Salesforce AppExchange

4.7 rating on Salesforce AppExchange

Trusted by leading brands, including Salesforce

Coupa & other integrations

Customer connections to 50+ apps

Data hosting

US only

US and EU

Gartner Magic Quadrant

Named a Niche player

Named Leader

Move your legacy contracts to Ironclad today

Import legacy contracts and third-party paper in minutes. AI scans and tags your documents, making the information you need instantly searchable in your repository.

Build a source of data that answers your contract questions in seconds, without any manual effort.

"This has been a game changer for us. For the first time, we have visibility across all our contracts, past and present, with minimal investment."

Sarah McGonigle

Associate General Counsel


Ironclad vs LinkSquares

Ironclad makes the entire contract lifecycle intuitive for every team

Store contracts and find answers to your questions with AI

Upload and create contracts at scale. Ironclad AI-Powered Repository makes them easy to search, track, and extract data from. Find any agreement, clause, or insight in a split second, with a search experience designed for contracts.

"I like having a fully searchable repository so I can find data and information when I need it."

Sandra Jadur

Associate Director

Contracts at Innovapptive Inc

Review contracts 60% faster with AI and focus on high value work

Ironclad’s AI-powered Editor automatically converts any contract, including third-party paper, into a collaborative Word doc.

  • Identify key terms and clauses to jump right into the work you care about.
  • Detect risk areas and see suggestions from your Clause Library to replace them.
  • Get native DOCX editing capabilities in your browser.

"Ironclad streamlines the whole process and eliminates the back and forths. It made closing contracts way faster and my job way easier."

Daniela Lagoteta

Legal and Compliance Analyst


Create workflows and launch new contracts in minutes

Legal teams use the drag-and-drop Workflow Designer to create contract generation and approval processes in minutes. With new workflows in place, business teams can easily deploy new contracts from anywhere, including Salesforce.

"The user interface and UX design are top-notch. It has made the user adoption journey as easy as possible which has made all the difference in identifying immediate impact on the business."

Bill Novomisle

Director of Legal Operations

Cresco Labs

Collaborate in real-time with internal and external stakeholders

Manage redlining and revisions in one place. See what your counterparty and teammates are working on. Keep track of every revision, comment, and edit.

"Collaboration and transparency between legal, sales, and customer support when we're trying to quickly get an amendment, contract, or any legal document out the door. It has improved SLAs and speed of response and completion time by at least 25%."

Nick Avagliano

Senior Customer Revenue Manager


Edit docs without endless downloads and uploads

Ironclad gives you native DOCX editing capabilities in your browser. Keep your documents accessible at all times and collaborate with others via @mentions, without having to track files in multiple places.

"With Ironclad, you don’t have to review the same contract multiple times with different people. Ironclad facilitates the signatures, the review process, the redlining, and negotiating — it really is seamless."

Elyssa Dunleavy

Assistant Vice President, Advertising Counsel

L’Oréal USA

Set up approval flows that match your unique business process

Add approvers and signers as needed. Use conditional clauses to involve new stakeholders only when absolutely necessary, to avoid creating bottlenecks. Build your approval routing to ensure automatic contract compliance.

"There's no way we could have done our recent deals without having access to the types of workflows and reports that can be done with Ironclad."

Don McGowan

General Counsel


Join Mary O’ Carroll, Alex Su, and other industry leaders defining the new world of digital contracting.

Ironclad Community

Join the world’s leading digital contracting community

Join Mary O’ Carroll, Alex Su, and other industry leaders defining the new world of digital contracting.

Get the answers and ideas you need to advance your role. Connect with peers, attend events, and voice your ideas with the Ironclad Community and Ironclad product team.

"My experience with the Ironclad community has been nothing short of warm and inviting. It is an amazing group that has found a way to connect a diverse legal industry through practical conversation and enjoyable dinners."

Lacy J. Lodes

Associate General Counsel

Mercari US

headshot of chris wallace
podium brand logo

Chris Wallace

Legal Counsel


Ironclad is helping scale our legal team. We can now provide more insight into the contracting process to our other internal teams. We can easily manage document signing, storage, and reporting with Ironclad.

Request demo

LinkSquares Alternative

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to start using Ironclad?

Implementation always depends on the complexity of your contracting process. However, most of our clients manage to implement and adopt Ironclad, on their own, in a matter of days.

While other LinkSquares alternatives require extensive training and expensive help from consultants, Ironclad users can set up contract workflows, automate approvals, review documents, streamline collaboration, get signatures and store contracts for reporting, on their own.

If you need extra help, you can get in touch with support or your account manager to clear your questions and provide feedback.

Is Ironclad a secure platform to store my contracts?

Absolutely. It’s critical for Ironclad to keep your documents secure while they’re being created, edited, stored, and processed.

Enhance document security with encryption and cloud-based deployment. Encryption of all data in transit (using TLS 1.2 or higher) and at rest (through AES-256). Cloud-based deployment. Ironclad uses the US-hosted Google Cloud Platform for production servers and operates in multiple zones to create robustness against outages.

Is Ironclad only for legal teams?

Ironclad was built by legal, for everyone. Ironclad is a LinkSquares alternative for contract management, meaning sales, procurement, operations, marketing and other departments also have the ability to create, review, collaborate and store contracts in one place. Business users find Ironclad simple to use and adopt across teams.


Does Ironclad integrate with Salesforce?

Yes. Ironclad does support a Salesforce integration, which is AppExchange approved. With this integration, sales users have the ability to automate contract creation and launch a legal-approved contract in seconds.

Can Ironclad be customized for my company?

Yes, all businesses can use Ironclad. As opposed to other LinkSquares alternatives that rely too much on templates, Ironclad uses a no-code Workflow Designer that allows any type of customization and approval workflow, no matter the complexity. Ironclad uses conditional logic to create and manage infinite contract variations at scale, allowing your teams to replicate any legal process.