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So, this is probably against the rules, but Tridion Meta sounds like the best place to reach out to you guys and explain a few things about the Free Developer Licenses that SDL is now giving away to people asking for it (as I announced at the Tridion Developer Summit in Amsterdam). I've been getting a lot of requests that don't make sense, so I want to post a few details about it.

  • Question: Who can apply to a Developer License?
  • Question: Are there restrictions in how I can use it?
  • Question: Are there restrictions in the license itself?
  • Question: How do I get one?
  • Question: Can I use this license for Open Source projects, like the PowerTools or the DXA?
  • Question: Can I get Tridion Sites 9 by requesting a developer license?
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  • Question: Who can apply to a Developer License?

Any individual person can ask for a developer license. These licenses are non-commercial, research licenses that can be used for self-learning. If you are a customer or a partner you have much better licenses available for you. Use those instead.

  • Question: Are there restrictions in how I can use it?

Yes, you cannot use these licenses for commercial development - anything you get paid to do - and you're not allowed to run any type of service with them. They are meant as a way to make sure you can learn our software and be better at what you do with it. They can also not be used for comparisons with other WCM vendors or any such efforts.

  • Question: Are there restrictions in the license itself?

Yes, these licenses have the following restrictions:

  1. Valid for one year
  2. Maximum of four (4) Cores
  3. Maximum of 2 named users in the system

    • Question: How do I get one?

Fill in your request using this form.

  • Question: Can I use this license for open source projects, like the PowerTools or the DXA?

Yes, you can. As stated in the EULA, "You may not [...] use the software for any other purpose than investigation and knowledge sharing." Open Source projects fall entirely into Knowledge sharing.

  • Question: Can I get Tridion Sites 9 by requesting a developer license?

At this point (November 2018), the answer is no. To get a copy of Sites 9 you need to open an incident via the SDL Customer Support Gateway

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    Great news. double-thumbs-up – Rob Stevenson-Leggett Dec 10 '15 at 12:50
  • Awesome information, thanks Nuno – Pankaj Gaur Dec 11 '15 at 8:01
  • Thanks Nuno, For the information – Sayantan Basu Dec 11 '15 at 17:33
  • Thanks for this Nuno! – Guus Beltman Mar 19 '16 at 6:09
  • Thanks Nuno, Where I can register for developer License... – Sudhakar Rao Feb 17 '17 at 20:25
  • Send an email to sdl.tridion.mvp@sdl.com – Nuno Linhares Feb 18 '17 at 5:15

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