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Why become a Member of the Eclipse Foundation?

Take an active role in supporting sustainable, commercializable open source technologies that benefit all.


Key Services of the Eclipse Foundation

Members can take advantage of the following key services provided by the Eclipse Foundation.

Development Process

The Eclipse community has a well-earned reputation for providing high-quality software, reliably and predictably. The Eclipse Foundation provides services and support to help projects consistently achieve their goals. Our staff assists new projects in implementing the Eclipse development process, a set of procedures and rules that form our best practices.

IP Management

We focus on enabling the use of open source technology in commercial software products and services. All Eclipse projects are licensed under an OSI approved license including the Eclipse Public License (EPL). In addition, the Eclipse Foundation due diligence process helps to validate the pedigree of the intellectual property contained in Eclipse projects.

Ecosystem Development and Marketing

The Eclipse Foundation’s strategic marketing programs promote Eclipse community engagement, drive awareness and discoverability of Eclipse technologies, and increase the commercial adoption of Eclipse technologies. We organize a number of activities, including cooperative marketing events with member companies, virtual events, conferences, local events, and annual members meetings.

IT Infrastructure

The Eclipse Foundation provides vendor-neutral, reliable and scalable services for Eclipse technology developers and users. IT infrastructure services delivered to the Eclipse community include source code repositories, build infrastructure, development-oriented mailing lists and newsgroups, a downloads site, and project and working group websites.

Membership at the Eclipse Foundation

The Foundation offers four levels of membership: Strategic, Contributing, Associate, and Committer.

Strategic Members

Strategic Members play an integral role in the Eclipse Foundation ecosystem. Strategic members are organizations that view participation in Eclipse projects as strategic to their business and are investing significant developer and other resources to further drive Eclipse Foundation technology. Typically, Strategic Members lead one or more top-level projects. Strategic membership benefits include:

  • A seat on Board of Directors of Eclipse Foundation
  • A seat on Foundation Architecture Council
  • The opportunity to attend and vote at all meetings of the General Assembly
  • Access to a number of Strategic Members-Only Programs such as banner and logo promotion on eclipse.org and eclipse.org/downloads
  • Ad hoc Intellectual Property analysis and reporting
  • Help to launch open source initiative(s)
  • Direct influence through board voting rights on key aspects of the Eclipse ecosystem, including licensing, governing policy development, and amendments to Membership Agreement and bylaws
  • Discounts towards sponsorship and attendance of Eclipse Foundation events
  • Access to Eclipse Foundation marketing and advertising programs
  • Opportunity to lead in the establishment of Eclipse Working Groups
  • Opportunity to join and participate on all Eclipse Foundation public mailing lists
  • Opportunity to show support for the Eclipse Foundation by displaying the Eclipse Foundation member logo

View Existing Strategic Members


Contributing Members (formerly referred to as Solutions Members)

Contributing Members are organizations that view Eclipse Foundation technologies as important to their corporate and product strategy and offer products and services based on, or with, Eclipse Foundation technologies. These organizations want to participate in the development of the broad Eclipse Foundation ecosystem. Most members join initially as Contributing Members. Contributing membership benefits include:

  • Contributing Members are represented on the Board of Directors, and thus have influence over decisions relating to licensing, governing policy development, and amendments to Membership Agreement and bylaws
  • Opportunity to stand for election as the representative of all Contributing Members on the Board of Directors. Elections are held annually in the first quarter
  • The opportunity to attend and vote at all meetings of the Membership At-Large
  • Discounts towards sponsorship and attendance of Eclipse Foundation run events
  • Access to Eclipse Foundation marketing and advertising programs
  • Opportunity to participate in Eclipse Working Groups, including as a Strategic Member of those working groups
  • Opportunity to join and participate on all Eclipse Foundation public mailing lists
  • Opportunity to show support for the Eclipse Foundation by displaying the Eclipse Foundation Member logo

View Existing Contributing Members


Associate Members

Associate Members are organizations that participate in and want to show support for the Eclipse Foundation ecosystem. Many research and educational institutions choose to join as an Associate Member. Associate membership benefits include:

  • Opportunity to join and participate on all Eclipse public mailing lists, and to attend Members meetings
  • Ability to join select Eclipse Working Groups as a Guest Member
  • The opportunity to attend all meetings of the General Assembly
  • Opportunity to show support for the Eclipse Foundation by displaying the Eclipse Foundation Member logo

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Committer Members

The Eclipse Foundation’s governance model provides individual committers with the ability to become full members and includes representation on the Eclipse Board of Directors. Committer Members are individuals that are the core developers of the Eclipse projects and can commit changes to project source code.

Committer membership benefits include:

  • Committer Members are represented on the Board of Directors, and thus have influence over decisions relating to licensing, governing policy development, and amendments to Membership Agreement and bylaws
  • Opportunity to stand for election as the representative of all Committer Members on the Board of Directors. Elections are held annually in the first quarter
  • The opportunity to attend all meetings of the General Assembly

Learn more about Committer membership.

Membership Fees

The Membership Annual Fee Comparison Chart based on membership levels is provided below for illustration purposes only. Please see the Eclipse Foundation Membership Agreement for full details. Note that Eclipse Working Group Membership fees are separate and in addition to general Eclipse Foundation Membership fees.

Annual Corporate Revenue Annual Eclipse Foundation Membership Fees*
Strategic Contributing Associate
> €250 million €250 000 €20 000 €5 000
€100 million - €250 million €150 000 €15 000 €5 000
€50 million - €100 million €100 000 €10 000 €5 000
€10 million - €50 million €50 000 €7 500 €5 000
< €10 million €25 000 €5 000 €5 000
< €1 million < 10 employees €25 000 €1 500 N/A
Govt, Govt agencies, Research Organizations, NGOs, etc. €25 000 €5 000 €0
Academic, Publishing Organizations, User Groups, etc. €25 000 €1 000 €0

*There is no cost to being a Committer member of the Foundation

How to Become a Member

To become a member, follow these steps below:

Once you have chosen the level of membership (e.g., Strategic, Contributing, Associate, Committer):

  1. Complete and sign the Membership Application form
  2. Complete and sign the Membership Agreement
  3. Complete and sign the Member Committer and Contributor Agreement (optional, but recommended)
  4. Email us the signed documents, including the Membership Application Form, the Membership Agreement, and optionally, the Member Committer and Contributor Agreement.

Note: Membership in an Eclipse Working Group requires the execution of the respective Working Group’s Participation Agreement. A list of the current Eclipse Working Groups and their respective Participation Agreement is here.

Basic Governance of the Eclipse Foundation including Bylaws, Affliates, Membership Guidelines, IP Policy and others can be found here.


Eclipse Corporate Sponsors

The Eclipse Foundation relies on the support of our members and contributions from the user community to service and grow the Eclipse ecosystem. In addition to membership, corporate users of Eclipse projects can support the community by joining the Corporate Sponsorship Program.

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Keeping Members Connected

Serving our community is the number one priority of the Eclipse Foundation.To keep our community connected, we send out a monthly newsletter to member companies and member committers. Check out some past issues of our member newsletter.

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