GlassFish Download Stats - Mar 2009 Update

This note provides a summary of the GlassFish download statistics from July 2005 until March 2009; previous entries are labeled download+statistics. The trends shown here, like those of other adoption indicators, are constrained by methodological limitations, but they are all pointing the same direction so they are likely right.

Caveats and Comments

• We mostly count completed downloads, but, starting in 2009, some of the tools numbers are attempted d/ls.
• We count downloads from Sun.Com, Java.Net and NetBeans.ORG, but not from our Maven Repositories.
• GlassFish is freely redistributable and we don't track other distributions like Ubuntu, Solaris or OpenSolaris
• Overall, I believe these are solid numbers, but if we discover a problem I will correct it and let you know.

Overall, March 2009 was an excellent month for GlassFish. The data for April 2009 is not yet in but I expect some negative impact from the IBM rumor and the Oracle announcement.

Charts

Below are 5 charts presenting 3 sets of monthly download statistics from Jul'05, through Mar '09. The Y axis is normalized to 900K per month to simplify comparisons and the images link to a larger image for further inspection.

GlassFish AppServer in SDKs

This chart shows downloads of the GlassFish Server either by itself (Sun Java System Application Server, Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server and GlassFish Server) or in bundles like the Java EE SDK and the Java Application Platform SDK.

There were 250,756 downloads of GlassFish-only SDKs in Mar '09; this is a new record. Other local peaks correspond to Java EE 5/GFv1, GFv1U1, J1'07, GFv2, GFv2U1 and GFv2U2.

GlassFish AppServer in Tools

GlassFish is included in, and is the default container for, the most popular bundles of NetBeans 6.1, NB 6.0.1, NB 6.1 and NB 6.5 - I only count those from bundles including GF. NetBeans 6.x has been very popular. The GlassFish portion of these d/l numbers peaked in Apr '08 with 695,550.

There were 593,521 downloads of GF through Tools SDKs in Mar '09; this is the 3rd largest number so far.

GlassFish AppServer - Combined

This table just adds the previous two. The top combined number was Apr '08 with 882,489.

There were 844,277 total downloads of GF in Mar '09; second highest number so far.

JBoss AppServer - From SourceForge

Finally, as a reference point, the d/l stats for All JBoss AS, as reported by SourceForge. JBoss 5.0 was released in Dec '08 and that has been the best month in the period reported here. The total for all versions in that month was 126,989.

There were 95,136 downloads of all versions of JBoss in Mar '09.

Combined Chart

This one just collects the last two charts together.

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