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JRebel licensing gets simplified

Dear JRebelers – we have an important announcement to make, and it has nothing to do with kittens, although we do like them. We would like to take this opportunity to announce the upcoming change to the JRebel licensing model. In an attempt to simplify our model and eliminate confusion we have decided to offer two different license types, Base and Enterprise, as opposed to the three we have been offering up to this point. The change being that from January 2nd, 2013 we will no longer be offering a Personal license.

If you are currently a Personal License holder of JRebel you will be receiving an email with instructions and how the license change will work for you going forward and how you can capitalize on your current price.

If you are a JRebel Base license holder this change will not affect you until you come up for renewal, at which time you will be simply be asked to lock each license down to a particular user (See base license overview below).

If you are a JRebel Enterprise license holder, then this change will not have any direct, rippling or any other sort of effect on your license.

If you are reading this and not currently a JRebel client, what in Sam Hill are you waiting for? Redeploys must be your best friend by now, in which case you need to get yourself and your team on JRebel immediately!

This is how the new license model will look:

  • Base – this license type is meant for smaller development teams (i.e. 10 and fewer). The base license is tied to an individual and cannot be transferred. Email addresses must be provided for the user of each base license.
  • Enterprise – this license type is meant for larger teams (>10), or anyone looking to take advantage of a floating license. The enterprise license can be transferred and used by different people (only 1 at a time per license), which we call the floating license.

Go to the JRebel buy page

Just so you know, we will be sending out a reminder on the 19th of December to make sure everyone is up to date and ready for the change. In the meantime if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at

Thank you and happy coding!

  • Phill

    The email address doesn’t work.

  • Jeremy

    The email should be working now Phill. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Will you continue to provide free licensing ? I use JRebel for personal use thanks to the “Social” plan (I’m learning JRebel, in addition I need a long-term license since I’m a NetBeans plugins verifier).

  • arhan

    yes, will still be serving the free plans

  • Good news. Thx.

  • I’m kind of an in-between situation. I don’t qualify as a corporation, and I’m not working on OSS. Can’t we continue to have Personal?

  • Oliver

    Don’t worry Coding, you will be able to secure a Personal license at the current price for multiple years in the future before this license type is no longer offered.

  • So what product (besides JRebel) should we use after our extra 1-5 years of personal license runs up?

  • Phill

    Please don’t try and dress this up as “simplifying and eliminating confusion”, the previous licensing structure was perfectly clear, you’ve just made it more expensive for lone developers.

  • arhan

    For lone developers we re still providing free licenses via

  • Hey pcm2a, if you didn’t want to use JRebel anymore because of this it would be a shame (sad panda), but we believe you’ve got enough options right now with JRebel licensing to cover your options. Free JRebel via social, Scala or OSS usage. Base/Enterprise for corporate usage which both pay for themselves in no time at all. Which category are you in?

  • Phill

    How does that work for freelance developers working on non-Scala/FOSS projects?

  • arhan

    If you’re freelancer, it means that means you’re using it for commercial development, meaning the cheapest license you’re eligible for is Base. This is a bit unfortunate for you I agree, but you know that JRebel pays itself back in a reasonable time.

  • JRebel doesn’t pay me back a cent. I’m a lone founder in zero-capital, pre-revenue startup, building my product on Java EE 6. I have no guarantee of making any money. All JRebel does is keep me from playing with cooler toys such as Rails and Node. Java web development has even less going for it now.

  • It pays back in terms of saved time. This means your product will get quicker to market and you will verify your business case quicker. Added value?

  • oli

    A shame, it is too expensive – especially as java7 and tomcat/jboss is getting quicker and quicker to restart/reload anyway. personal license was acceptable. but compare the 1 year license to the never ending licence for a fully featured IDE like intellij -it doesn’t compare.

  • arhan

    It doesn’t compare indeed. It also doesn’t compare it terms of functionality – those are different things.

    Server restart is getting quicker, but it will never get to 0. Even if your server takes 3 seconds to start, application deployment time, initialization, cache warm up, and all other things that we as developers tend to engineer, kill the startup time of the apps inevitably. You either engineer for a quick startup and reloads, or you use the tools, which at the end will cost less – you decide.