JetBrains offers a range of powerful integrated development environments (IDEs) like IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, PhpStorm, and more. While JetBrains does provide a free and open-source version for some of their IDEs, they also offer paid licenses with additional features.

Here are some legitimate ways to access JetBrains IDEs without spending a dime.

  1. Community Editions: JetBrains provides Community Editions for some of their IDEs, which are free to use. These editions come with a subset of features compared to the paid versions but are still powerful and suitable for many projects. For example, IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition and PyCharm Community Edition are available for free.
  2. Educational Licenses: JetBrains offers free licenses to students, teachers, and educational institutions. If you are a student or educator, you might be able to get access to JetBrains IDEs for free or at a discounted rate by verifying your educational status.
  3. Open Source Projects: JetBrains supports open source projects by providing free licenses for their full range of tools. If you're working on an open-source project, you can apply for a free license for their premium IDEs.
  4. Contests and Giveaways: Keep an eye on JetBrains' official website and social media channels for any contests or giveaways they might run.

Software licensing terms and availability can change over time, so keep an eye on the official website and announcements.