Previously, we announced that Forge would be free through the end of 2023. Since that last announcement, we've continued to develop Forge's capabilities and the number of apps built on Forge has steadily increased. The value we build into our developer platform has downstream benefits for both our partners and mutual customers, and we will continue to invest in the growth of our ecosystem.
That's why today, we're announcing that Forge will continue to remain free for another year, until December 31, 2024.
Forge developers can continue to freely innovate on the platform and focus on solving problems for customers as they ramp up with Forge, without the overhead of platform costs.
Platform quotas and limits
Using Forge is free of charge, up to the platform quotas and limits, through December 31, 2024. Function as a Service (FaaS) and storage quotas scale with your app's install base, on a per app basis. The larger the install base (number of seats), the higher the FaaS and storage quotas will be. Resource update quotas are applied on a per app basis.
We will reach out for an individual conversation if your app is at risk of consistently exceeding the quotas. You can also reach out to us via the Developer Support service desk 2.
These guidelines apply until December 31, 2024.
What happens after December 2024?
After December 31, 2024, Atlassian intends to move to a model where the cost developers pay is proportional to the platform components or services used, above a free threshold. We are currently evaluating what these paid components or services should be, and what constitutes the free tier. Multiple options are being considered, including usage-based fees, flat-fee tiered pricing, or charging for advanced add-on features. We will incorporate feedback from partners as well as analysis of comparable platforms in the market into our decision-making, and Marketplace Partners will be provided with at least 6 months notice before we make changes.
As we define our new model, we will evaluate our Marketplace revenue share (for billing, listing and selling via the Atlassian Marketplace), which could decline as we begin charging for other capabilities. We will also take into account the total current cost of building on Atlassian Marketplace to inform future pricing.
Current Atlassian Marketplace revenue share agreement will be extended through December 2024
We are extending the current revenue share rates through December 31, 2024 to align with our Forge pricing timeline. Previously, the rates extended through March 31, 2024.
The revenue share rates themselves will remain the same. To recap, any Forge apps published on the Atlassian Marketplace will be treated per the pricing for cloud apps through December 31, 2024. For new Forge apps, app developers will earn 95% of the gross revenue of all sales made within the first year, and 85% thereafter. In order to be eligible for the 95% revenue share, Forge apps must use Atlassian-hosted storage and compute as outlined here.
Aligning with future Forge capabilities
Forge is a rapidly evolving platform, and as we consider our future pricing model, we are taking into account not just the features provided today, but what the platform will look like in several years’ time.
As we strengthen Forge's capabilities, we are focusing on building a solid foundation of operational readiness and core platform stability. Layered on top of that, we will provide additional features to help developers solve tough challenges, like achieving enterprise-grade compliance certifications.
Leading up to December 2024 and beyond, we are giving developers as much latitude as possible to experience Forge, with free usage today and a free pricing tier in the future. We are looking at partners’ costs holistically to balance platform costs with other factors like Marketplace revenue share. And lastly, we are prioritizing our roadmap around features that will multiply the value partners get from Forge over the coming years.