JFrog, a provider of tools for software developers, announced the availability of Bintray, which the company describes as the first social platform for storage and distribution of software libraries. Bintray is a new way for developers to publish, download and share software across one unified community around the world, JFrog says.

The free, cloud-based platform enables developers to control and streamline the process of making software libraries publicly available, with all the services needed to collaborate, advertise and deploy a new software solution.

“Created by developers, for developers to ease the pain of the software distribution process, Bintray is the [solution] that has been missing from the software lifecycle,” Yoav Landman, CTO at JFrog, said in a statement. “For the first time, we have an open, interactive platform that strengthens the relationship between the software publisher and the consumer community and amplifies the developer identity.”

Key benefits of the tool include support for major repository formats such as Yum, Debian and Apache Maven. JFrog says it will continue expanding its network of supported software library types. In addition, Bintray makes peer experiences and tips, consumer feedback, statistics and rankings easily available to developers.

The platform leverages user libraries that can be stocked with binary downloads, followed by other users and shared within the community.