Final Update (September 18th): The licensing model had been updated. Read the update from our CEO Maxim Shafirov.
Update 2 (September 8th): The licensing model announced previously including conditions and prices, is not final. Please expect updates next week.
Update: Please make sure you also read this short update to the announcement below.
Update (December 8th): we’ve closed comments under this blog post. Please contact our sales team with any questions you may have.
At JetBrains we believe that software developers are some of the most forward-thinking people in the world. They are the drivers of the incredible pace with which technologies are developed today. The progress made in software development in the last decade alone is unbelievable and software has become core to so many things today, from pens to spaceships. For us, being a part of such a diverse group of developer communities for over a decade has been a really exciting and enlightening journey.
While ways in which we develop software haven’t drastically changed over the past couple of decades, the role of those who write software has evolved. In effect, developers are no longer pigeonholed to a certain technology. They work with multiple languages, frameworks and platforms. And with this change come new needs.
@jetbrains hey, would you consider a subscription price for multiple tools? Being a polyglot developer is expensive
— mad computer science (@val_to_string) August 21, 2015
As of November 2, 2015, we will introduce JetBrains Toolbox—a collection of our popular desktop tools (IDEs, utilities and extensions) available on a monthly or yearly subscription basis. With JetBrains Toolbox, you can pick and choose one or more tools that best suit your current needs, or go for the ‘All products’ plan that comes with special savings. You decide what to put in your Toolbox and for how long.
@jetbrains making products free for students is an awesome move. Now we just need a subscription plan for all the IDEs.
— Newman Scott Hunter (@nshunter) September 25, 2014
This new distribution model will replace the perpetual licensing model that currently is in place.
Why the change
While our existing upgrade subscription mechanism has worked very well for thousands of customers, and for us, it has certain drawbacks in terms of simplicity that we’ve been wanting to address for some time, based on the various feedback we’ve received. We believe this new model is much simpler and easier to understand. In addition, it allows better budget planning and overall provides a more flexible model for everyone; be these individuals, small teams or large corporations. Lower entry costs also make adoption easier.
One of our top goals at JetBrains has always been to provide our users with the best possible experience, both in terms of the product and the services surrounding it. In a fast-paced industry, our customers not only demand quality but also expect support for newest technologies. With already over 30 major feature releases per year and dozens of maintenance releases we really want to make sure all of it is delivered to every user out there.
What JetBrains Toolbox includes
IntelliJ IDEA, AppCode, CLion, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, ReSharper, ReSharper C++, dotTrace, dotCover, and dotMemory. All of these products will be moved to the new license distribution model.
No changes apply to our family of server tools including YouTrack, TeamCity, Upsource, and Hub.
We want to offer all our customers the smoothest possible transition which is why we’re announcing the upcoming changes today, two months ahead of time. The most important note is that all previously purchased licenses will stay valid. If you have purchased or are going to purchase a product with a perpetual license and one-year upgrade subscription, even if it is a few days before the change takes place, you will receive all product updates released for one year within your purchase, and you will be able to continue using all the upgrades you were entitled to during this period, indefinitely. You will also have the option to switch to the new model at any time, receiving discounts as an existing customer.
Develop with pleasure!