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The Qt Company officially launched the Qt Marketplace. Businesses and individual developers can provide their extensions to the Qt Framework and other tools from the Qt ecosystem to others. Qt markets both free and paid software through the marketplace, with sales initially reserved for companies.

The Marketplace should be the one-stop-shop for developers looking for Qt content. In the run-up, the Qt Company has brought a number of companies and organizations on board that offer their tools in the marketplace, including Qt specialist KDAB, which offers the Kuesa 3D runtime environment, and the KDE community, which includes many libraries from the KDE Framework, such as KArchive and HSpell provides. Well-known projects of individual developers such as the Catalyst-based web framework Cutelyst can also be found on the marketplace.

The Qt Marketplace offers content sorted into different categories.

The Qt Marketplace offers content sorted into different categories.

At the start, only companies are allowed to offer paid content. As a reason for the restriction, the Qt Company mentions that the automation of the billing has not yet been completed. By the end of 2020, even individual developers should be able to sell extensions in the marketplace, if everything goes according to plan.

For commercial products, the Qt Company takes a quarter of the retail price in the first year and then 30 percent of the cake. Currently, the billing is done monthly, but at the latest when opening the sale for individual developers, a timely remuneration of the provider is planned. Sellers can offer their software at a one-time price or via an subscription model.

There are no significant restrictions on licenses. The Qt Company recommends generous open source licenses such as the MIT and copyleft licenses like the GPL. For commercial products, there are no strict restrictions on the terms of use. However, vendors must clearly identify all licenses, and the Qt Company is reviewing terms of use when adding extensions to prevent crooked tours ("no monkey business, please").

The shop system as a basis for the Qt Marketplace is Shopify. In addition to the web platform, Qt Company plans to integrate Qt Creator as of version 4.12.

In the short term, more robust APIs are planned to simplify development of extensions. In the long run, the Qt Company wants to provide a cross-platform plug-in API. At the moment she is considering using Python for this, but at the same time she is open to suggestions.

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