Frequently Asked Questions

Free Intel® Software Development Tools 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 Student.
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.
Do I get Intel Support with free tools?

Yes. You may seek support from the community through Community Forums that are followed by expert users.

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.

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

How long can I use no-cost licenses?
All free products give you user rights for the latest version of the tools for a 12-month period. After that you may reapply for 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?
At the current time, the products offered at no cost have the same features as the commercial products. Licensing terms may vary.
Are Intel® XDK tools free?
Yes, Intel® XDK is free for anyone to download and use for commercial or non-commercial use. For more information on Intel XDK, see Intel® XDK.
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.

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