Community Edition FAQs
Community Edition (CE) is offered for both Delphi and C++Builder. Unless otherwise specified, "Community Edition" in these FAQs refers to both Delphi Community Edition and C++Builder Community Edition. The Community Edition is a great way to get started building high-performance applications. Community Edition includes a fully featured IDE, code editor, ultra-fast compiler, integrated debugger, two-way visual designers to speed development, hundreds of visual components, and a limited commercial use license.
Getting started on realizing your product vision or getting your startup off the ground can be difficult without seed capital or sales revenue. Outfitting developers with professional level tools can be cost prohibitive before you have product to sell. Community Edition is both designed to allow individuals and startups to bootstrap their vision until annual revenues reach $5,000 at which point a Professional Edition license can be purchased.
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 revenues reach $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 the Community Edition. Once your company's total revenue reaches US $5,000 per year, or your team expands to more than 5 developers, you can move up to an unrestricted commercial license with Professional Edition.
Yes. Delphi and C++Builder are also available in Professional, Enterprise, and Architect editions. Learn more about the differences between the editions at http://www.embarcadero.com/products/delphi/product-editions and http://www.embarcadero.com/products/cbuilder/product-editions.
Yes. When you need to upgrade your edition (if you’re no longer eligible for Community Edition or require additional capabilities of higher editions), purchase the edition you need. You’ll be able to save and maintain all of your code projects you created in the Community Edition in your new paid edition.
A trial for Community Edition is not needed, since a free 1 year term license is provided. That said, we offer a trial of the Architect edition, allowing users to try out all the highest level features. You can see the differences in features by edition on the Product Editions web page and in the feature matrix.
Yes. You may sell any apps or components developed with the Community Edition under the Community Edition license until your annual revenue exceeds US $5,000 or local currency equivalent. Please see license terms here.
A Professional, Enterprise or Architect edition license is required for developing or deploying any apps or components within any company with total company revenues exceeding US $5,000 or local currency equivalent.
Yes. You can download Delphi Community Edition or C++Builder Community Edition as an individual and use it to develop applications for your personal use and use it to create software for you to sell (up to US $5,000 in revenue, see License Agreement for details).
No. Apps and components built with the Community Edition may be distributed royalty-free. However, if you are selling your licenses and services built with Community Edition, we require that you purchase a full commercial license when your revenue based on those licenses or services exceeds US $5,000 or local currency equivalent, or if your annual company revenue exceeds US $5,000 or equivalent. See License Agreement for details.
Yes, database application development is a feature of the Community Edition. Community Edition includes local and embedded database connectivity. Purchase Enterprise or Architect editions to build applications with remote (client/server, multi-tier) access to a wide range of databases including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, SQL Anywhere, InterBase, DB2, Informix, MongoDB, MySQL and ODBC data sources.
Yes. You can use the Community Edition for building apps that will be used by a non-profit organization provided your annual, overall non-profit revenue is less than US $5,000 or local currency equivalent. See License Agreement for details.
Please refer to the EULA.
Only Delphi Community Edition and C++Builder Community Edition are available. If you’re interested in all the features RAD Studio has to offer,you can request a 30 Day Free Trial of RAD Studio Architect.
No. Only one or the other can be installed.
No. Delphi Community Edition and C++Community Edition cannot co-exist with another product edition of the same version on the same machine.
Embarcadero offers academic discounts on the Professional, Enterprise and Architect editions, so we recommend the higher editions for academic use. That said, Community Edition is a great choice for individual students to install on their personal machine for learning programming languages.
The Community Editions are meant for hobbyists, individual developers, and small teams doing limited commercial development, including pre-revenue startups. Companies or organizations with teams of more than five developers doing development are required to purchase a Professional, Enterprise or Architect edition license for each developer rather than using Community Edition.
No. Only single user licenses are available. Network named and concurrent licenses are available for Professional editions and above.
No, access to earlier versions is only included with the Professional, Enterprise, and Architect editions, not with Community Edition. The Community Edition license is always valid for the most recent version.
Key Reasons to Choose Professional:
- Perpetual license (Community License is a one year term)
- No annual revenue restriction
- Update Subscription - fixes, new releases, beta access and more
- Technical Support
- Ability to move the command line compiler to another machine or build server
Remember: per the license agreement, you are required to purchase Professional or higher edition when your annual revenues reach $5000 USD or local currency equivalent, or when your development team grows to 5 or more developers.
Community Edition installation is only supported through the web based GetIt installer, not the offline InstallAware installer. For paid editions, we provide to installation options, a web based installer, and an offline ISO installer.
Yes, and you’re welcome to. Remember that once you reach the $5,000 annual revenue limit (or local currency equivalent) we require you to purchase a Professional, Enterprise or Architect Edition license.
Yes, the project files are the same and can easily be opened
Users will be able to request a new 1 year key through the website. That key will be applicable to the current CE edition that’s available for download at that time.
We will assist you to stay current and up to date, always on the latest version.