Today we are delighted to share something with you which has been in the works for quite some time and has come about because of earlier requests from some of you. We are also seeing a growing interest in this opportunity from IntelliJ Platform plugin developers.
Meet JetBrains Marketplace, a new platform and an evolution of the plugins repository which turns it into a marketplace for third-party plugin developers to sell their plugins and take advantage of an out-of-the-box licensing and billing solution provided by JetBrains.
The Early Access Program is already available, and we are ready to start the technical testing of a few third-party plugins that are ready to switch to the Marketplace in the nearest future.
- Out-of-the-box software licensing solution
Integrated with the JetBrains infrastructure, our licensing solution provides your plugins with the same level of licensing support that our JetBrains products already enjoy. Things like generation of licenses for end-users, support for evaluation licenses, centralized license administration, and management via JetBrains Account, as well as an on-premises license server, licenses protection, in-product licensing module, and more, are all taken care of.
- Billing and sales infrastructure
With JetBrains Marketplace, third-party plugin vendors can outsource their entire billing and sales operations to JetBrains, and we will take care of the checkout and payment processing, quotes, invoices, refunds, community programs, discounts, and even sales support for your plugins. In addition, we will utilize our extensive reseller network to make plugins available for purchase via the JetBrains distribution network (which is very important for some markets where direct sales possibilities are limited).
- Marketing and sales support
Through the Marketplace, you have the opportunity to promote your plugin to millions of people that use JetBrains products. Our team will be working together with paid plugins vendors on the Marketplace to make sure that the plugin is well suited to the target audience, and we’ll assist you with positioning, promotion, and various marketing and sales activities beneficial to our end-users and plugin vendors.
The Marketplace is now available for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, AppCode, CLion, DataGrip, GoLand, PhpStorm, PyCharm Professional, Rider, RubyMine, and WebStorm.
Support for Community Editions / Educational Editions of IntelliJ IDEA-based IDEs, as well as other JetBrains tools (such as .NET and Team Tools), will come later.
Similar to other marketplaces and app stores, we will apply a revenue-sharing model to the JetBrains Marketplace. This means that JetBrains will take a moderate commission from all plugin sales made via the Marketplace to make sure that the model is sustainable and we are able to re-invest into the plugin development ecosystem in the future.
For the full terms and conditions of the Marketplace and more details on the technical solution, we invite you to apply to the already ongoing Marketplace Early Access Program.
Should you have any questions, feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment below.