I'm building a small application on force.com for my personal user. Which force.com license suits for my case. Basically there's only one user for this new org with me as the user, admin and developer.

I read SFDC's force.com license comparison chart. Seems if I need to write any apex, then I have to buy a Force.com Admin license. Is this true for my case? I have to buy a force.com admin license which is more expensive then regular Force.co license?


  • BTW, what's the price for Force.com Admin? is it the same price as regular Force.com end user license?
    – user26353
    Nov 15, 2015 at 13:33
  • You could try starting with a Developer account.
    – martin
    Nov 15, 2015 at 16:17

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If you're building an app, but not using real production data in it a free developer edition org is the best option.

If you're building the app to be distributed to other users (i.e. the appexchange, but you aren't required to use that) you can register as a salesforce ISV partner and get a two-user enterprise edition org for production use. You can create developer edition orgs with enhanced limits from the environment hub feature if you do this. In this case there's a document designed to guide you through this process.

If you are building just for your own use, then you're right that you'd need a force.com admin license. They are, last time I checked, the same price as force.com platform licenses. You must have one admin user to manage the org, so generally one per 50 of your force.com licenses can be promoted to this type at no extra charge. The admin user is actually implemented as a user with full rights to CRM features, and is called a "Salesforce" instead of "Salesforce Platform" license type in your org, but is contractually limited to not use them.

This may vary depending on who you talk to at salesforce, but seems to generally be true.

  • Thanks for the reply. Just a quick double check, for my own personal use (only myself as user/developer/admin), I need one force.com platform license, and one force.com admin license, right?
    – user26353
    Nov 16, 2015 at 12:48
  • You'd just need the admin license if you're going to be the only user. It can do everything the platform license can, plus more. Nov 16, 2015 at 20:11
  • How do you actually get a Platform Admin license? Support and our AE say it doesn't exist, even though the comparison chart for Platform Starter/Plus mentions it in the footnote.
    – jon_wu
    Sep 29, 2021 at 19:44

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