Free Software FAQ

I am a student. Can I get free access to Intel® Software Development Tools?
Yes. If you are a college or university student enrolled in a degree-granting program, you may qualify for the program and get access to select Intel® Software Development Tools at no cost. To learn more, visit Free Tools for Students.
Do post-doctoral students qualify for your student license program?
No. However, you may qualify for no cost Intel® Software Development Tools for Educators. Intel® Performance Libraries are available to everyone at no cost. Learn more.
I am a professor. Can I use Intel® Software Development Tools at no cost as part of the coursework I teach?
Yes. Intel provides select Intel® Software Development Tools at no cost to educators at degree-granting institutions to help teach students new skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To learn more and apply, visit Free Tools for Educators.
Can I get Intel® Performance Libraries for free?

Yes, the following Intel® Performance Libraries are available for everyone with no fees, royalties, or restrictions on company or project sizes:

  • Intel® Math Kernel Library – fast math library
  • Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library – data analytics library
  • Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives – image, signal, and data processing
  • Intel® Threading Building Blocks – C++ threading library
  • Intel® MPI Library – message passing interface library

Learn more and download free Intel® Performance Libraries.

What are the terms and conditions of the free Intel® Performance Libraries offer?

The free Intel Performance Libraries include a named-user license per Intel’s EULA for Intel® Software Development Products with no fees, no royalties, and no restrictions on company or project sizes.

End-user licensing agreement

I am actively contributing to open source projects. Do you have any free offers for open source contributors?
Yes. Intel provides qualified open source contributors working on open source projects, compliant with the Open Source Initiative (OSI), select Intel® Software Development Products at no cost. See Free Tools for Open Source Contributors for more details.
Is the Intel® System Studio Community License free to everyone?
The Intel® System Studio community license is a free commercial license. This license allows you to use the software for 90 days. Once expired, you can request a new community license an unlimited number of times to use with the latest version of the product.
Do free tools include Intel Support?

Customers with free licenses such as student, educator, open source contributor, and Intel® Performance Libraries or community license do not qualify for Priority Support. You may seek technical support that includes input from expert users through Intel community user forums.

Whether you have active Priority Support or not, you can submit get started questions (registration, sign up, download, licensing, and installation) to the Online Service Center.

With the purchase of a complete software suite, you can get Priority Support to directly connect with Intel engineers for confidential answers to technical questions and receive free updates for a year. Products with Priority Support may be purchased directly from the Intel® Web Store or from our resellers.

Learn more about complete software suites: Intel® Parallel Studio XE | Intel® System Studio

How long can I use no-cost licenses?
Most of the free products give you user rights to the latest version of the tools for a 12-month period, excluding the community license. After that you may request a new license.
How long will the free offerings be available?
There is no specific time frame for these free offers. Intel reserves the right to change these offers without notice at any time.
Do the features vary between the free and paid product?
Currently, the products offered at no cost have the same features as the commercial products. Licensing terms may vary.
Are there any other free Intel® Software Development Tools open to everyone?
Yes, browse and download Additional Free Software and Code Samples.
Can I get a free license for the Rogue Wave* IMSL* Fortran Numerical library?
The Rogue Wave* IMSL* Fortran Numerical library is not an Intel® product and is not included in the Free Tools Program.


How can I evaluate Intel® Software Development Products?

Evaluation versions of Intel® Software Development Products are available for free for 30 days. After registering or signing up, you will receive an email with a download link and instructions. At the end of the evaluation period, the product stops working and the evaluation license is not renewable.

During your evaluation you may seek technical support from Intel community user forums that are followed by expert users. Get started questions only (registration, sign up, download, licensing, and installation) may be submitted to the Online Service Center.

Evaluation Versions
Can I evaluate an older version of an Intel® Software Development Product?

You are encouraged to evaluate the latest version of the product for the newest features and capabilities. However, you can download and evaluate any older version that is still supported.

For more information, see:

How do I get an older version of an Intel® Software Development Product?

Unsupported Product Compiler and Library Versions

Where can I find an evaluation guide?

We currently have an evaluation guide for Intel Parallel Studio XE. The evaluation process for other products is similar.

How do I upgrade from an evaluation license to a full license?

Evaluation licenses cannot be renewed. To continue using the product, you need to buy it. Once you purchase the full license, replace the evaluation license with the new commercial or academic license. You do not need to reinstall your product.

For more information, see: How do I manually install my new license?

My evaluation license has expired. How do I renew it?

Evaluation licenses cannot be renewed. We currently offer free 30-day evaluation licenses for many of our software products. You can choose to evaluate another product or purchase the product and receive a full year of updates, upgrades, and priority customer support.