Introducing Delphi and C++Builder Community Edition

Posted by on in Tools
Today is a very exciting day for our community. For many years, we've gotten requests from Delphi and C++Builder users that they'd love to see a Community Edition of Delphi and C++Builder.  
For the first time ever, we are launching a full featured Community Edition. It is a path for new developers to experience the amazing capabilities of Embarcadero’s developer tools and rediscover Delphi. Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of building an app with the UI tools that we deliver and the app will be scalable and robust. Not only is it great for new developers, but our existing community can look forward to the next generation of knowledgeable Delphi developers picking up the torch and furthering their legacy with new Delphi projects.
This is also true for C++Builder, since Community Edition provides a great entry point for C++ developers around the world to experience all that C++Builder has to offer, especially in terms of our multi-platform capabilities.  
We hope you share our excitement by spreading the word about Community Edition.
We believe our Community Editions will attract and nurture the next generation’s interest in software development while providing them with professional-level tooling.
Provided free of charge to our community of freelance developers, startups, students and non-profits, Delphi and C++Builder Community Edition provide a full featured IDE for building iOS, Android, Windows and macOS apps from a single Delphi or C++ codebase (with a limited, commercial use license).  
Community Edition includes a code editor, powerful debugging tools, built-in access to popular local databases with live data at design time,  Bluetooth and IoT capabilities and much more. Community Edition will come with Delphi and C++Builder’s renowned visual frameworks and components to deliver pixel perfect styling for applications that can run natively on multiple platforms.
Who is Community Edition designed for?
Delphi Community Edition and C++Builder Community Edition provide developers with integrated and professional-level developer tools from Day 1. Community Edition is designed for freelance developers, startups, students and non-profits with annual revenues of less than USD $5000 or teams with up to 5 developers. Community Edition is licensed with a one year term license.
Am I Eligible for Delphi or C++Builder Community Edition?
If you're an individual you may use Community Edition to create apps for your own use and apps that you can sell until your revenue reaches $5,000 per year.
If you're a small company or organization without revenue (or up to $5,000 per year in revenue), you can also use Community Edition. Once your company's total revenue reaches US $5,000, or your team expands to more than 5 developers, you can move up to an unrestricted commercial license with Professional, Enterprise, or Architect Edition.
For more information on Community Edition, see the Community Edition Landing Page, our Eula and Community Edition FAQs.
In addition to releasing Community Edition, we're also providing updated 10.2.3 Tokyo builds for new purchases, trials, and customers on active Update Subscription.
The updated build includes the patches we've released since the original 10.2.3 release back in March. You can find more details here.
Helpful Links:
 


About
Gold User, Rank: 5, Points: 558
Senior Product Manager, RAD Studio

Comments

  • Patrick C67109
    Patrick C67109 Saturday, 22 September 2018

    Sarina - this is a fantastic idea and much needed. I had been a longtime user and huge fan of C++ builder, starting with the first edition and updating though XE2 and didn't mind the occasional $2-300. Eventually though you priced me completely out of the market and no client would consider it considering visual studio. I had simply given up on it. Perhaps I can now get some of my consultant/developer friends to take a look at my all-time favorite IDE.

    I had been a pro user and used it for occasional utility apps for my consulting clients. The price was always high for my purposes as a consultant, rather than a software shop. Eventually, you removed database connectivity from the pro version and raised the price through the roof and I was done.

    Thanks very much.

  • Noam N66332
    Noam N66332 Saturday, 1 September 2018

    I notice that the license is for one year only. What happens in August 2019 when the license runs out?

  • Karol S64595
    Karol S64595 Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Hey. Is FastReport available in the Community version? It can not be downloaded via GETIT.

  • BCB R64741
    BCB R64741 Monday, 23 July 2018

    I download c++ builder Community edition many many times, buy I can't get the Community edition key even once,where do you send me the Community edition key?
    Hi, and why can't buy c++ builder online from china, in fact, the agent kill the china market, I think many chinese developer will buy online from web not from your chinese agent. The chinese agent sale the product at least 4~5 X price.

    @Sarina D, why can I not get c++ builder Community edition key, and I can't register new user which has empty solution not allow errors!
    please help me , send me a c++ builder Community edition key, thanks!

  • Stephen C64820
    Stephen C64820 Monday, 23 July 2018

    This is the most exciting news I have ever read on this site, and I only came across it by accident! Having purchased Delphis 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and XE2 for my bedroom-programmer, more-for-love-than-money projects, I bailed out of Delphi development about 5 years ago due to the impractically escalating expense, returning only occassionally to service legacy XE2 projects; but now I can't wait to get back into it!

  • John G577
    John G577 Monday, 23 July 2018

    C++ builder. Android development with Android 8 phone. I cannot debug on the phone.

  • John G577
    John G577 Thursday, 26 July 2018

    I have read the report
    https://quality.embarcadero.com/browse/RSP-18992
    concerning the inability to run the debugger with Android 8. The problem is still there. Is there any solution/workaround available?

    John.

  • Petr V4851
    Petr V4851 Friday, 20 July 2018

    It should probably divert attention from unreleased version 10.3.

  • Vanners
    Vanners Friday, 20 July 2018

    Disappointed :`(

    Have I done anything wrong? Initially I was excited by this post. The starter edition I had downloaded for my sons to learn with was atrocious. The IDE was missing the key productivity features: key strokes, code completion etc. making it VERY awkward, time-consuming, and difficult to use. Not at all an experience that would entice them to continue with Delphi. Then came the community edition. It appeared to be the Professional Edition with licensing restrictions. Nope!

    We uninstalled the starter edition, downloaded and installed the community edition, and started Delphi up again where my kids had left it. NOTHING had changed! It is still awkward, still user-hostile. Still off-putting for my children. I wouldn't touch the thing. If this was my first Delphi experience I wouldn't be using it today, I wouldn't have recommended it to my employers, I CERTAINLY would not have bought it, or based my business on it. Free languages have editors as good as the community edition, and they don't come with restrictions on earnings or team size.

    If you don't fix the broken IDE of the Community Edition, I'm afraid you will be scaring potential customers away with it, rather than promoting Delphi, and creating a pathway for up and coming developers to get their business started, then buy Pro as their business takes off.

    I REALLY hope I have done something wrong here. I really hope that the broken IDE is a result of using the previous starter license on the system, or some system configuration that somehow survived the uninstall process. Please! Tell me it doesn't suck as badly as it appears to. Please tell me how to fix the Community Edition IDE.

  • Vanners
    Vanners Saturday, 21 July 2018

    Update: It was me.
    Apparently the installer will install any version of Delphi based on the product key. Starter product key = starter edition. Community product key = Community edition.

    I have now checked out the new one and so far as I can tell, it is the FULL PRO VERSION.

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!

    I apologize for the previous comment. While the Starter edition was sucky, the Community edition is great. It really will be a game changer (in my opinion) as it showcases Delphi in all its RADness. The entry level just became affordable, and for solo programmers it offers a way in. Once you are earning 5000 per year Delphi has paid for itself.

  • Marcin W11002
    Marcin W11002 Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    I have started to abandon Delphi, due its ridiculous price, and switch to CodeTyphon (advanced Lazarus fork). And now such surprice :)

  • Javier Donoso
    Javier Donoso Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    its possible to add Firedac to this version??

  • Gernot B.
    Gernot B. Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Great move and I hope it pays of for you.

    For me personally it is a HUGE frustration: I just payed for a professional version 5-year subscription which I now could have gotten for free. I am using RadStudio most of the time for personal projects with a revenue of less than 500US$ / year

  • Please login first in order for you to submit comments
  • Page :
  • 1

Check out more tips and tricks in this development video: