Set it free

“Github for Binaries” Bintray let into the wild by JFrog

Chris Mayer

The brains behind Artifactory have announced the full availability of their social home for binaries. Netflix, OpenJDK and Gradle are onboard – more to follow?

Only six weeks since lifting the curtain, JFrog have chosen to
offer their social binary hub Bintray to the
masses, after a successful beta.

The company, best known for their flagship
binary repository Artifactory, told
JAXenter in January
that their newest
product is part software distribution platform and part social
network, and has been dubbed the “Github for binaries”.

Rather than deal directly with source code,
self-service Bintray works with downloadable binaries. Each package
uploaded to the service has a profile page, where standard details
such as available downloads and bug trackers are displayed. Through
the social network side of Bintray, developers can publish,
download, share and promote software libraries within a specific
community. Although inspired by the social phenomenon of Github,
Bintray’s social aspects are more about reviewing libraries within
stable projects, rather than creation.

The quick turnaround time from public beta to
general release for the tool is largely down to the rapid uptake of
active users so far, with thousands already part of the community.
JFrog CTO, Yoav Landman explained that “continuing in beta was no
longer an option” with a growing number of requests.

“In six weeks, JFrog learned that offering an
easy self-service software distribution platform not only
encourages developers to offer new versions and fixes more
frequently, but most like to log-in and watch their projects being
shared and used around the world,” Landman said.

One company already sounding their approval of
Bintray is Netflix, with the online streaming giant using the tool
to publish binaries for open source projects Asgard and
Denominators, and with plans to use it with OSS

“Publishing to Bintray has already saved us time
and heartache,” explains Senior Software Engineer Justin Ryan.”We
use Bintray to stage Gradle plugins not available elsewhere in a
convenient single location.”

Other high profile Bintray users include OpenJDK,
ElasticSearch and Gradle. Today’s announcement opens up the playing
field to many more and JFrog are hoping to entice more developers
towards their binary hub in the coming months.

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