JetBrains Provides Free IntelliJ IDEA Licenses to Open Source Community

Expanded Program Gives Developers a Real Choice in Java Development Tools for their Open Source Projects

February 7, 2005

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 7, 2005 – JetBrains™, Inc., creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing tools, announced today it is formalizing and expanding its practice of supporting Open Source development projects and invites developers of qualifying Open Source projects to apply for no-cost user licenses for its widely acclaimed IntelliJ IDEA integrated development environment for Java. This expanded JetBrains support initiative to the Open Source community will enable many more Open Source project developers a choice where selection of development tools is concerned.

Developers taking part in the JetBrains Open Source support initiative will no longer need to search for necessary plug-ins or struggle with third-party developer integrations for their projects. Instead, participants will now be able to use JetBrains’ professional, commercial-grade tools with everything they need in one intelligent IDE, dramatically improving their productivity and quality of code. Participants will also have the security of ongoing support and maintenance from JetBrains and its dedicated team of first-rate, industry renowned developers in support of their Open Source projects.

“There is a great deal of value in making IntelliJ IDEA’s powerful, productivity-enhancing tools available to the broader Open Source community, we have always known this,” commented Eugene Belyaev, JetBrains president and chief technology officer. “In addition to a five-year history of innovation at JetBrains, we also have a long history of assisting and supporting Open Source projects because we know how important it is for developers to have a choice in how they approach Java development. This expansion is a natural next step in our support and will provide even more Open Source developers with an opportunity to use IntelliJ IDEA.”

To participate in the JetBrains Open Source Support Program and acquire a free IntelliJ IDEA user license, a developer must be a contributor to an active and vital Open Source project that is recognized within the global Open Source community. Licenses will be valid for one year and will apply to all product upgrades during that period, with annual renewals required for continued use. Further details on the qualification process are available at

A free, fully functional 30-day evaluation copy of IntelliJ IDEA 4.5 is available to all developers at

About JetBrains

JetBrains, Inc. is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in the creation of intelligent, productivity-enhancing software. The company is widely known for its innovative, award-winning Java integrated development environment, IntelliJ IDEA (see details on the Web at JetBrains maintains its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, with its R&D labs located in St. Petersburg, Russia and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, see

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