PyCharm licenses: there’s one for everyone

Eugene Toporov

With PyCharm 1.2 we’ve introduced a new license type: Academic license. And with 5 license types available at the moment we thought a short explanation of what is what might be useful.


If you work for a company and want to buy a PyCharm license for yourself, your colleagues or your subordinates, this one is for you and the price is per developer. Volume discounts apply!


You are a passionate developer who wants to be productive and willing to invest in it? Go for the Personal license. Once it’s yours, you can have PyCharm installed on any number of your computers, both at home and at work, under any supported OS.


Are you a student using Python in your studies? Or a teacher? Are you running some lab research in your college or university? And it’s non-profit work? This one is probably for you. Fill a small application, tell us what you do, and we’ll get back to you.


If you are running a programming class and want all your students to learn using a professional tool then we can grant you a Classroom license with unlimited number of installations. All it takes is to complete the application form.

Open Source

This one is simple. We highly appreciate the open-source movement! And if you are a part of a public open-source project, let us know and we’ll send you a license that can be used by any member of the project.

So, which one is you?

Updates, Upgrades and Renewals

We tend to release product updates quite often as we fix some issues and add new features. Once you obtain a license for PyCharm, you can install ALL updates for free during one year, no matter whether major or minor ones. Your license does not expire after a year, and you can continue using the IDE, but you need to purchase an “Upgrade Subscription Renewal” in order to be able to install subsequent updates. We’ll send you a timely reminder about the approaching renew date, or you can contact JetBrains Sales team at any time.

Still have questions — ask away!

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12 Responses to PyCharm licenses: there’s one for everyone

  1. Wyatt Baldwin says:

    March 22, 2011

    What is the appropriate license for public agencies (e.g., a transit agency) that sometimes release open source software? What about for public agencies that use and support open source but don’t release packages?

    The agency I work for falls into the first category. We’ve released a few packages and will probably release more in the future. All of the software we write supports operations; we don’t derive any income from it. We would probably release more stuff if we had the resources, but a lot of what we write just isn’t suitable or useful for public distribution.

    I’ll contact your sales team with the particulars, but I thought others might be interested in a general answer to this question, too.

  2. anon says:

    March 22, 2011

    Thanks but no thanks. Creating more and more licenses does not help anyone and confuses the users.

  3. Ali Servet Donmez says:

    March 22, 2011

    How about if I want to work on a brand new freesoftware idea? Should I stick to my grandpa’s ol’ code editor ’till my zero year old project goes mature enough?

  4. Robert says:

    March 24, 2011

    @Ali – I read “And if you are a part of a PUBLIC open-source project” (emphasis mine).

    @Anon – None of those licenses is going to confuse anyone. They are very clear what they are for.

  5. Ali Servet Donmez says:

    March 24, 2011

    @Robert I don’t get it…

  6. Yury V. Zaytsev says:

    March 25, 2011

    Read again. If it’s public, then it is conceivable, although probably not guaranteed.

  7. Eugene Toporov says:

    March 25, 2011

    @Ali, all – a small addition… our sales team is a number of very friendly people willing to help you find a best option for you. And we also have a number of special offers (e.g. for startups) –

  8. Ali Servet Donmez says:

    March 26, 2011

    @Eugene thanks for info. I’m still waiting for that plan which extend your definition of “Open Source Project License” which states: “you have a dedicated website and an active developer community supporting your project” which is usually quite the opposite for a startup freesoftware project.

  9. Robert says:

    March 28, 2011

    @Ali – Why wait? You should just talk to the Jetbrains folks, explain your project, and see what can be worked out. If you don’t ask, they answer is always “no”.

  10. Ali Servet Donmez says:

    March 29, 2011

    @Robert just like if you don’t ask if I already asked or not, right?

  11. Robert says:

    March 30, 2011

    @Ali – If you did ask, that is fine. None of your comments indicated that you had done so. I was only trying to encourage you.

  12. Ali Servet Donmez says:

    March 30, 2011

    @Roberts thanks. I did at the time and the answer was no for startups.


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