Moving to JetBrains Account For Trials of IDEs and .NET Tools

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As of 2021.2.3, you will need a JetBrains Account to evaluate our .NET tools and IDEs, excluding their Community Editions and Educational Editions.

The same requirement was recently introduced to the EAPs (Early Access Programs). We’ve received a lot of feedback from the community and have addressed some issues that people have encountered. We’ll continue to try to make this process as smooth as possible for everyone who tries our tools.

We’ve mentioned the reasons for this step before, but it’s worth highlighting them here, too:

  • We’d like to make it easier for newcomers to get started with our products. To achieve this, we optionally offer certain content such as tips and tricks, relevant learning materials, and so on when you begin evaluating the product. We won’t send you any emails without your explicit consent, and you can be assured that we’ll only deliver relevant and interesting information and never spam your mailbox.
  • While we realize it is impossible to completely eradicate piracy, we still need to take whatever measures we can to protect our products from misuse. We owe it to all of our paying customers. While using credentials won’t completely eradicate the abuse of trials, it should help diminish it.

Please note that JetBrains product evaluations remain free and limited to 30 days with full access to the product functionality. We do not plan to make any changes to this. For corporate trials, we’ll continue to provide corporate evaluation licenses upon request.

In addition to allowing access to free product trials and EAPs, having a JetBrains Account also gives you these benefits:

  • You can manage all your JetBrains licenses on the JetBrains Account website.
  • You can access existing JetBrains services, such as synchronization of the IDE settings, issue trackers, discussion forums, Marketplace offerings, and others, as well as new services we’re working on.

You can create a JetBrains Account either by using your email address or by connecting your existing account on Google, GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket. If you decide to delete your JetBrains Account, you can do so at any time on the account deletion page. You can learn more by visiting the JetBrains Account documentation.

We’d love to know what you think about this. Please share your feedback with us in the comments under this post or by creating an issue in YouTrack. Thank you!

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