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We mentioned it in former New developer licenses for NetWeaver on the horizon, now the license is here: a new license for development tools provided with SAP NetWeaver: SAP Community Developer Edition. The software with the new license is provided in the Downloads section of the SDN for SAP NetWeaver ABAPand for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment. Whenever you download the tools from today on, the new license is attached and it grants you more rights than the old test & evaluation license.

Here are some highlights of what the new license allows (some of them will become important as soon as we also move code exchange from the closed beta phase to public availability in Q1/2010):

  • it’s free of charge
  • test and evaluate SAP NetWeaver and develop and share your add-on prototypes on code exchange
  • the license doesn’t expire
  • the license grants you rights to consume APIs (such as enterprise services and BAPIs) to build your add-on prototypes
  • the code that you develop remains your code
  • SDN users license and use the software as individuals

So far those rights weren’t granted with the old test & evaluation license. To learn more, visit the FAQ in the Code Exchange wiki.

Just go ahead, check the links in the Downloads section to accept the new license and use the software under the extended terms. If you have any questions feel free to post them here.

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  1. Peter Inotai
    Hi Mario,
    Thanks for the good news.
    I have a couple of questions:
    – What is the SAP_BASIS/SAP_ABA SP level on the ABAP stacks?
    – Can you highlight the difference between ‘SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Developer Edition’ and ‘SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Trial Version’?
    Thanks in advance,
    Peter
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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      Hi Peter,

      – please look at the download page and the version. this should help you to identify the SP levels available in the downloads section
      – there is no difference in the software features, just in what the license allows you to do.

      Mario

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      1. Sivapratap Gurijala
        Hi Mario,

        I am talking out system operation system requirement like Windows XP with Service pack 2. I think it would be better if we have this developer version available for Windows XP with Service pack 3 also.

        Thanks,
        Sivapratap

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        1. Mario Herger Post author
          Hi,

          yes, I understand that. But this thread is about the license, not what software the download section or about the features of the software itself or what OS are supported. I won’t be able to help with that, I am not in NW.
          You need to address that in the proper area, like the trials forum. There you’ll have the NW colleagues scanning and noticing requests.

          Servus

          Mario

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  2. Ritin Jain
    Hi Mario,

    Thanks for the Good News!
    Just one question will I be able to install these developer edition on Windows 7 64 bit operating system.

    Many Thanks!

    Regards,
    Ritin Jain

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      1. Gregor Wolf
        Hi Mario,

        unfortunately the PAM is not very helpful in the case of the Developer Editions. In the PAM you only find the officially supported which only run on Server Operating systems. You will never find a client OS like Window 7 or Vista for the Server Instance supported there.

        The main question the I have is: When will there be a Developer Edition of NetWeaver ABAP 7.02 and 7.20. I hope that will come synchronous to the release to Ramp-Up.

        Best regards
        Gregor

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        1. Mario Herger Post author
          Hi Gregor,

          I cannot answer that, as I am not member of a product teams and am not familiar with their product roadmap and strategy. As far as I know the PAM is the official reference and yes: server versions are listed there.
          Perhaps somebody else knows more.

          Mario

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      1. Stephan Heinberg
        Gregor,
        I like ZAKE_SVN. But from my point of view, the basic design error of SAPLink was never fixed: It handles XML files not as binary files, so the text code page of the SAP GUI is taken.
        So SAPLink is not a universal import/export tool for the SAP Repository, but has certain limitations. I opened an issue once, but it looks like the main tool is not maintained.

        Thanks anyway for ZAKE_SVN,
        Stephan

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  3. John Soden
    hi Mario

    if I already have the trial edition do I need to download and install the developer edition or can I just upgrade my licence?

    is it possible to get your own namespace with the developer edition?

    thanks john

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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      Hi John,

      I need to clarify the right path to “upgrade” from trial to the new community developer license.

      For ABAP yes, if you share the code on code exchange. See also the answer in the FAQ. We will have our own code exchange namespace where we will assign subnames for the projects.
      We are still working on the exact details and the process to apply for a namespace, so please be patient.

      Mario

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  4. Riccardo Escher
    Hi Mario,

    thank you very much. The trial version for Linux is now 3 years old. Will there also be an ABAP developer edition also for Linux environment?

    Riccardo

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  5. Mark Teichmann
    Hi Mario,

    I eagerly awaited this new license but I am a bit disappointed that you start offering it for a rather old version of CE (7.1 SR3). I think most of the developers out here are innovative people that want to try out and learn new things. So where is the problem in offering CE 7.20 with the new license? It cannot be a technical one because if it is stable enough for ramp up than it will shurely be good enough for a developer edition.

    Anyway, I am still happy that this new license is offered and I will continue waiting until a 7.20 version will be here 🙂

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  6. Renato Linhares
    I am trying to download the developer edition, but I keep getting the error message:

    “Unfortunately we have trouble completing your download request. Please contact sdn@sap.com for further support.”

    I sent an email to sdn@sap.com and someone from SAP Network Team replied quickly saying that “The appropriate parties have been notified”. However, I am still waiting to hear from the “appropriate parties”…

    Any suggestions?

    Regards,
    Renato

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    1. Renato Linhares
      Update:

      I was able to download with Firefox 3.6 on Mac OS X Version 10.6.2

      The previous failed attempts were with IE 6 and Firefox 3.5 on Windows XP.

      Regards,
      Renato

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  7. Mario Herger Post author
    Hi,

    Many posters to this blog asked for different and additional versions of software that should be added to the downloads section. This blog is not the right place to ask for that. I recommend to submit your request in the forum:

    Trials, Previews & Other Downloads
    Software Downloads

    These are the guys who can influence this.

    Servus

    Mario

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      1. Christoffer Berg
        Hi,

        If you have Windows 7, you can download Windows Virtual PC with Windows XP Mode. I did this and installed the CE 7.11 preview and it works fine. I only had to assign enough memory to the virtual machine.

        /Christoffer

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  8. Trin sic
    Hello,

    is it possible to get only the community developer license. I have installed a the 30-days trial version and want to import the new license without reinstalling a new NWDS.

    Thanks for your help.

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      1. John Soden
        hi Mario

        I cant quite follow your instructions in the FAQ – how do you accept the new license without downloadin g the software? (I cant see any links)

        thanks john

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        1. Gregor Wolf
          Hi John,

          AFAI understand it, you go to the Download Section, click on SAP NetWeaver Main Release Downloads -> SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Developer Edition -> Click here for download -> Select the download and klick the button “I agree – download selected file”. You can cancel the download then directly.

          Best regards
          Gregor

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          1. John Soden
            thanks Gregor

            I’ve now tried that, should I get a .txt file with license details for installation (like you do when updating the trial license) – there are no files in my download directory after cancelling

            john

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            1. Gregor Wolf
              Hi John,

              you don’t get any text downloaded. You have to read the license in the text box above the “I agree – download selected file” button. When you click the button I think SAP will save this in your SCN Profile that you have accepted this license.

              Best regards
              Gregor

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              1. John Soden
                hi Gregor

                ok – thanks, I was assuming I’d need to install a new license in my NSP system as the current trial license has an expiry date.

                john

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                  1. Gregor Wolf
                    Hi Mohamed,

                    when you look at the top of this page you should find a text called “My Profile”. Unfortunately the profile does not display if you have the Community Developer License accepted.

                    @Mario: Feature request?

                    Best regards
                    Gregor

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      2. Sivapratap Gurijala
        Why the developer license key installation is restricted to Window XP SP2 only, instead of allowing for SP3 also. Because most of the laptops are preinstalled with SP3 these days. Please help in this regard.
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        1. Mario Herger Post author
          Please ask the question in the trial software forum. I am not responsible what’s available in the downloads section, I am only involved in the license itself.

          Mario

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  9. Phil Soady
    I listened to the PODcast, but it doesnt really address my questions.

    How can an ISV get license for development purposes that allows them buy an ECC not just NETWEAVER system and build add-ons.

    What if you want to build a full application that is more tightly coupled than Ent Services.

    Im looking for a license so I can buy an ECC ,
    with a developer license and sell ABAP code.

    I cant find license that recognises IP for ABAP code developed on an A1S system.

    Should I be able to buy A1s system ECC with a single Netweaver dev license (no prod use of ECC)

    What if I want to sell code, and not use the code exchange?

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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      Hi,

      This license is for free and only gives you access to some development tools delivered with SAP, and you can develop and share iton code exchange, but not sell it.

      So what you want is a totally different license.
      First, you need to buy a license (like subscription, become a partner of buy a regular NW developer license from SAP’s sales team)
      Second, you need to either buy a developer license for an ERP or get access to an ERP system through a hosted provider, like is offered by SAP’s Integration and Certification Center http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/icc

      About sales contact I don’t know, but starting points should be Enterprise Interoperability Center (EIC) – SAP Developer Network (SDN) and http://www.sap.com. The colleagues from the Partnership program will also be able to tell you more about the IP that you create and what licenses there are.

      Servus

      Mario

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    2. John Soden
      hi Phil

      It used to be possible to get a development subscription that gave you the software and a namespace, was cheap and you were able to market your code – unfortunately, it was only available in Germany and the US (not for we Australians). This would have been perfect for my requirements but I was waiting for it to be released to other countries. I went to the site this morning and was disappointed to find that it is no longer available ! (http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/shop/developmentpack)

      Mario – do you have any insights into this, will there be a replacement ?

      thanks john

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  10. James Bayly
    Hello,
    I’ve been suggesting this to BusObj at all possible opportunities, but now SAP has a community edition do you think there is any chance they will release a Business Objects edition?

    Ideally something like a MSDN subscription for Business Objects tools and SAP would be so helpful for consultants who need to get to grips with the product and features.

    Thanks
    James

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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      The blog never mentions this type of license for minisap. It is in the downloads section of the SDN and only for development tools delivered with SAP NetWeaver.
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      1. Pasquale De Angelis
        Hi Mario,

        i have downloaded Developer Editon from SDN download page , the index.htm file contained in the root directory shows the following license info:

        SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 ABAP Trial Version

        License

        The license of this trial version is for evaluation purposes only and does not allow commercial use.

        The TRIAL license is valid for 4 weeks. Please check http://www.sap.com/minisap for updates on the licensing model.

        Please refer to http://www.sap.com for more information about commercially available editions of SAP NetWeaver.

        I am doing something wrong ?

        Thanks

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        1. Gregor Wolf
          Hi Pasquale,

          as you can read in the other comments to this Blog the actual download files where not changed yet. The license that apply to the download is the license that you can read and accept when clicking the “Download Now” button.

          Best regards
          Gregor

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  11. Mohamed Kaleel
    Hi,

    I downloaded “SAP NetWeaver 7.01 SR1 SP3 ABAP Developer Edition ” and installed, but it is showing only 4 weeks.

    Kindly let m know how to get the ” Community Developer License”.

    Thanks,
    Kaleel

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  12. Reto Rindlisbacher
    Dear Mario,

    There were already several discussions about the free and unlimited developer licencse.

    Unfortunately neither the questions nor the answers were as clear that I now know what I have to do to get a free developer edition of ABAP WebAS which is not time limited.

    I am from Switzerland and I would like to get the actual version of WebAS ABAP for a 32bit Windows System. So I chose “SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.02 SP6 32-bit Developer Edition”.

    Before download I read the licence information carefully and I found this text: “SAP DEVELOPERS NETWORK – SAP 90 DAYS EVALUATION LICENSE (LOAN-) AGREEMENT for all countries except USA and Canada” which tells me that this version is only made for 90 days.

    I also tried to follow the link https://service.sap.com/sap/bc/bsp/spn/minisap/minisap.htm. Also there I found the statement “Please fill out the form below using that key and a 90-day license should be emailed to you within minutes.“ on that page which implies for me that the licence is granted only for 90 days.
    Could you please bring light into this matter.
    If there is a version which fits my requirements please attach the direct download link. If other steps have to be taken please write them down step by step.
    I guess you would not only help me but a lot of other community members with further explanation.

    Best Regards,
    Reto

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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      I am not up to date with the latest status of the licenses (and not responsible for that area), but the licenses can be renewed again and again and again. Of course not an ideal solution, but the only thing that we have right now. Not happy about that situation either.

      Mario

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    2. Gregor Wolf

      Dear Reto,

      it is really sad that SAP which now has a really open policy in the new areas like HANA and Mobility still struggles in the classic NetWeaver Stack. The best ABAP / Java Stack that I found providing the Developer License is currently the SAP NetWeaver Gateway 2.0 SP4 Pre-Packaged Trial Version for Linux it comes with a End User License Agreement that does not limit the use to days. Also during the installation the Developer License can be chosen. The limitation of the Developer License as far as I understand it as a non legal person is that you can only publish your developments (if you want to publish) on SAP Code Exchange. And you’re right, still for this system a 90-day licence renewal is required.

      Best regards

      Gregor

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      1. Mario Herger Post author

        We have now as a first step available the HANA license. Hopefully we will be able to extend that license-type in the future to other NW products as well.

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  13. Nicolas Busson

    Hi Mario,

    Thanks for the blog, but I would mention that “the license doesn’t expire -legally- but has to be renewed every 90days in practice” in your blog… because that’s quite important peace of information which is lost among pages and pages of comments.

    Best regards,

    Nicolas Busson.

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