Altium Designer Documentation

Activate Standalone License

Created: October 30, 2018 | Updated: December 18, 2020
Now reading version 20.2. For the latest, read: Activate Standalone License for version 21
Applies to Altium Designer versions: 19.0, 19.1, 20.0, 20.1 and 20.2

The Activate Standalone License dialog The Activate Standalone License dialog
The Activate Standalone License dialog


Once a license of the Standalone type has been activated, you can work in a self-contained, offline fashion. You can work fully offline, switching Altium Designer to an offline mode, and essentially severing the connection to Altium. However, if you are accessing your Standalone license for the very first time, or you have inadvertently deleted the license from your computer (and have no backup of the associated license file), you will need to activate (reactivate) the license. In this case, the Activate Standalone License dialog will enable a temporary connection with Altium, allowing you to sign in to your Altium account and activate/reactivate your Standalone License. Once successfully activated/reactivated, closing the dialog will place you back in a disconnected state.

You MUST be disconnected from Altium to access this dialog. To disconnect, click Account Preferences on the License Management page. Under the Altium Connection region of the  System – Account Management page of the Preferences dialog, select No, I wish to remain disconnected from Altium. Click OK to save these settings and return to the License Management page.
See Standalone Licensing for more information.


The dialog is accessed when following these steps:

  1. Click the control at the top-right of the design space then select Licenses from the menu.
  2. On the License Management page, click the Activate license link.


  • I have read and understand the warning - enable the checkbox to confirm that you have read and understood the warning regarding a connection to Altium and the gathering of information about your PC hardware over the secure Altium portal.
  • Username – enter your Altium Account username.
  • Password – enter your Altium Account password.
  • Sign In – click to sign in once all the above information has been entered. The connection to Altium will be made and the Standalone License(s) that are available to you will be presented within the dialog. Select your license then click the Activate License link. Once activated, a confirmation dialog will appear to reflect successful activation. Click OK in the confirmation dialog, then click the Close & Sign Out button at the bottom of the dialog.

    After closing and signing out of the Activate Standalone License dialog, click the Refresh link in the Available Licenses region of the License Management page to reflect your use of the Standalone License.
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