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This AI-Powered PR Reviewer is Offering its Pro Plan for Free to Open-Source Projects

CodeRabbit wants to give back to the open-source community with its free offering. Some open-source projects may get the boost with such services, not bad at all!

CodeRabbit is an interesting AI-powered code reviewing tool that offers quick “context aware” reviews of code, resulting in reduced time being spent on manually reviewing the code.

They offer an open-source version of their product (with limited features), and a SaaS offering. You can unlock the advanced features with their paid “Pro” plan.

Considering they are not an entirely open-source solution, why are we here?

Well, some good news for the open-source community if they like to use such a tool: CodeRabbit has made its Pro plan free for open-source projects.

Let's take a look at it.

CodeRabbit Pro: Supporting Open-Source Projects

a screenshot of coderabbit pricing plans

Powered by OpenAI's GPT 4 and GPT 3.5 large language models (LLMs), CodeRabbit is a very well-known code reviewing tool being used in over 50,000 repositories across GitHub and GitLab.

Even though they have an open-source project in the form of AI PR Reviewer, CodeRabbit is strictly their SaaS brainchild, which is not open-source.

According to CodeRabbit, they wanted to show their appreciation towards open source authors, and to also further strengthen their stand on taking open-source software development further. Hence, they want to give back to the community in form of a free access to the premium tool for open-source developers.

As for what benefits open-source projects will receive;

For starters, the CodeRabbit Pro plan, which costs $15 a month per developer, is provided free of charge, then there's the promise of community support should you run into any issues.

Thanks to all of that, you can take advantage of the advanced features of CodeRabbit.

Here are some of them:

  • Access to the CodeRabbit chatbot.
  • No limit on the number of public and private repositories.
  • Line-by-line review of the code, with relevant suggestions being served.
  • Ability to automatically link related issues with the pull requests on the repo.
  • A Codebase Verification feature that sees CodeRabbit analyze the overall codebase.
  • Get more insights about PRs.

However, do keep in mind that the rate limits for the “free for open source” Pro plan are lower than the paid plan. If a project hits the limit in any place, access will be restored after the timeout period.

Here are CodeRabbit's usual usage limits for reference. 👇

a screenshot of coderabbit usage limits

So, if you think your open-source projects could benefit through such a tool, you can sign up for it.

How Do You Sign Up?

Well, first you have to ensure that you are eligible, meaning, you should have a public repository.

Then head over to the CodeRabbit website and log in with GitHub or GitLab. Thereafter, add the CodeRabbit app to your account or organization, then authorize it with GitHub/GitLab.

After doing all that, the code review should start automatically with new pull requests or incremental commits. For further usage instructions, you can also refer to the official documentation.

Do you think an offering like this would help your open-source project? Let us know in the comments below!

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