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, please visit Free Tools for Student.
Do post-doctoral students qualify for your student license program?
No. You may, however, qualify for no cost Intel® Software Development Tools for Academic Researchers and Educators.
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, please visit Free Tools for Educators.
What no-cost offers are available for academic researchers?

Intel recognizes the value that academia brings to accelerating new discoveries and provides qualified academic researchers no-cost access to Intel® Performance Libraries. Intel® Performance Libraries include:

  • Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL)
  • Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL)
  • Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB)
  • Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP)
  • Intel® MPI Library

To apply for free access to Intel® Performance Libraries, please visit Free Tools for Academic Researchers.

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. Please visit Free Tools for Open Source Contributors for more details.
Do I get Intel Support with free tools?
Yes. You may seek technical support from Intel user support forums that are followed by expert users and Intel engineers. However, your license is not eligible for priority customer support at the Online Service Center.
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.
Which products are offered under the free Community Licensing?

The Community License provides free access to the latest version of Intel® Performance Libraries including:

  • Intel® Threading Building Blocks
  • Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives
  • Intel® Math Kernel Library
  • Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library

To learn more and get no-cost access to Intel® Performance Libraries, please visit the Community License page.

What are the terms and conditions of the Community License?

The Community License program is open to everyone. The Community License is provided under the terms and conditions of a Named-User License per the Software End-User License Agreement. The program includes Intel user forum support.

To learn more, please visit the Community License page.

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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