Credit Card Required for Free Account


I’ve been developing and subscribed with Cloud9 for around 1 year and from a developer standpoint, I can completely understand where the C9 devs are coming from when they want to get this level of validation from their users.

C9 opens up a very powerful development environment to anyone, it’s a fantastic place to work and it doesn’t matter where you are, you can just log in and carry on… home, work, goto the other-side of the world if you want.

But, unfortunately this opens up a platform for ill intent. Hackers, spammers, scammers, blackhatters, wrong-doers around the net. Ultimately whatever these sorts are doing ends up coming from Cloud9’s IP addresses.

These servers belong to them and if they don’t take care of them, the result is they get blacklisted for all kinds of awful shit. This is a good way of dealing with it! I would do the same.


Someone it achievement create a new free account?, Im a student and this was a best tool for practice. I found a other similar site , but it is not same if someone know how to create or if is possible yet create a new free account without credit card , please let me know.




With the addition of the Teacher’s payment service i have been forced to upgrade to the teachers account. Now i understand i can have students sign up without using credit cards if i do so. But what happens to these accounts if for some reason I or my school discontinues these payments even for a short while? Will they be erased/suspended since they are tied to my account?


If you cancel your plan or remove students from your team, their individual accounts will remain intact. For this reason, it’s important for students to note the options for owner of the workspace when going through the workspace creation process.

If the workspace is something that will be used after the class is over, the student will want to choose themselves as the workspace owner. If the workspace will only be used while the student is a member of your Cloud9 team plan, the student will want to choose your team as the workspace owner. By default, the team is the owner of the workspace.


Yeah, that’s really cool!

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I am also an avid user and I enrolled all my students last year for free. This year however, we have 100 new students and we want to enroll all of them in one go. Also, I don’t want to use my personal card to do this. I tweeted to Brady about this, but I haven’t yet received a usable answer; question remains; I want to enroll a 100+ students, we are will to pay, how do I do this?

Kind regards,

Johan Perk
ROC Midden Nederland ICT College
Utrecht, the Netherlands


I wanted to educate my friend in Python so I immediately went to cloud9. Once I found out it now requires a credit card he can’t sign up for an account and I can’t teach him anything. I hope you know what you’ve done. This is a great way to lose trust, users, and eventually your money.


Please sign up for the education plan at :thumbsup:


Please continue all discussion and questions about the existing education plan to Education Plan FAQs. Other discussion around the credit card requirement that are not related to the education plan may continue here. Thank you!


I’m just a student, I don’t have any job. Credit card requires me to verify the income. So I can’t create account on C9 :slight_smile: thanks.



Hello, i have just tried to make an account on cloud9 to try it out. I have cancelled my sign up process since credit card details was needed. I will never give such personal information just for an account. Thank you gor all and bye.


Another lost user here - I was excited to try out c9, on advice from colleagues.
No way I’m giving a credit card for verification.
I thought only porn sites and other such shifty outfits pulled stunts like this.
Sorely disappointed, and disdainful of this lamentable design decision.


So disappointed with the approach you are taking. There are a lot more ways for authenticating a person.


Hi, I’m from China. I hope to develop on c9 without any worries about downloading tools or configuration, but I had the credit card problem. I only have a credit card national not international. Personally, I don’t want to process a visa for an account, I barely use it! Why free users have to provide cc information? You can ask them to pay when they start to use chargeable services. You are losing big marketing now.


why whas everything working great a year ago and this year it seems like you whant more people that are paying.
yes just register a account is free but they have you credit card now so it makes i a lot easier to get a monthly payment.
phone number would also be enough I would think.


I have a small team that is working on a free program. The free version of C9 would work great for us for now however my colleagues refuse to sign up with a CC. Eventually, we would probably move to a paid version for our team. However, they want to try the service before providing their CC information.

I have used C9 for personal projects so I know how well it works for me but they want to make sure it works for them before they use a credit card on your site. I agree with their point of view that requiring a credit card for a free account is a turn off for them using the program. I know that I never would have tried C9 had it required a credit card when I signed up. I feel like you are losing more potential customers than it may be worth by using this verification method. I understand the reasoning behind it however there must be a better way to manage this.


just like SybridMD asked for $1 for billing signup. I think its fair enough, if they are asking for $1. Atleast it can authenticate the user. You can look at $1 Billing.


This made me furious - I’m onboarding a new developer with our paid account but I can’t create a new account for him, so I have to use my personal credit card to sign him up … (I can’t ask him to pay for working here, so I have to take it out of my own pocket to get him working)

If creditcards are a requirements, then you should be able to create new users from the team dashboard, imho.