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Based on the Apache NetBeans discussion thread on the Apache NetBeans developer mailing list:

To be sent to:

The above to be repeated at least once before January 1st, 2018.

...the following announcement will be sent to all of the above on/around November 28, 2017:

Title of e-mail: "January 1st, 2018: End of Mailing Lists"

Hi all,

If you’ve been following Oracle's Apache NetBeans donation process, you’ll be aware that a large part of NetBeans is in Apache Git already. You should also be aware that mailing lists are available at Apache for purposes of discussing the development and usage of Apache NetBeans.

By means of this e-mail, we’re letting you know that as of January 1st, 2018, the mailing lists will be deleted (they are archived at, all references to mailing lists will, where possible, be replaced with references to Apache NetBeans mailing lists, and everyone will need to manually move to the Apache NetBeans @dev ( and Apache NetBeans @user ( mailing lists.

To subscribe to these lists, send an empty e-mail to one or both of the below:

You can anonymously browse the Apache NetBeans mail archives via and

What is the difference between the above? Anyone asking questions about the usage of NetBeans, whether for Java, JavaScript, C/C++, or any other language or technology, as well as those using the NetBeans APIs for developing modules and applications, will use the Apache NetBeans @user mailing list. Using prefix tags in the subject line, such as [ netcat ] or [ java ] is encouraged, to clearly distinguish the topic you're addressing in your e-mail. If and when it turns out that too many developers of one category dominate the @user mailing list, a separate Apache NetBeans mailing list will be created for them. The Apache NetBeans @dev mailing list is specifically for those committed to working on the development of Apache NetBeans itself, as well as those committed to promoting and documenting it, via events and tutorials, etc.

Note that we will be discontinuing the web forums, i.e.,, and that in Apache there is no replacement for that — Apache projects work with mailing lists only. Also, the website as a whole will move to Apache, while issues can already be filed at, which is now the official place for filing Apache NetBeans issues.

Hoping to see you all on the Apache NetBeans mailing lists, you’re encouraged to move there as soon as possible and to not write to the mailing lists anymore.

Kind regards,

Geertjan & Jirka

Final e-mail, to be sent on January 2, 2018:

Hi all, 

Happy new year! 

As announced towards the end of last year, we are ending the mailing lists and web forums: 

NetBeans is in the process of moving to Apache, the current status can be read in the latest Apache incubator report: 

A lot more work is ahead, though a lot has been done already. 

Take note of the following: 

- Apache NetBeans mailing lists and how to subscribe/unsubscribe: 

- NetBeans Bugzilla is read-only so please use Apache NetBeans JIRA going forward: 

- NetBeans update centers are switching from http to https on January 12th, so please go to Tools > Plugins > Settings to manually change URLs to https 

- Several items are still pending, i.e., in process to Apache, including the website, Plugin Portal, and Exception Reporter. 

- Apache NetBeans (incubating) 9.0 Beta is in process of being released: 

Finally, thank you all for your many years of usage and support of NetBeans — we look forward to continuing the NetBeans adventure with you in Apache! 


Geertjan & Jirka, 
on behalf of the NetBeans community

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