How to use a license

Created: March 25, 2021 | Updated: May 19, 2023

I have purchased a license, and I've downloaded and installed the software for Altium Designer. What do I have to do to get the software licensed so I can use it?

Starting in Version: 18.0
Up to Version: Current

Solution Details

The steps necessary to use a license vary a little depending on the license type used by your organization, but in any case, you'll need to start at the license management page where you will log in with your AltiumLive credentials, or connect to your private license server, select a license with available seats and click the "Use" or "Activate" control just below.

This video covers the use of all types of licenses.  And this screenshot illustrates the key elements:

There are three types of licenses, Standalone, Private Server, and On-Demand.
A Standalone license is intended to be used by one person on up to three computers (at work, at home, or on a laptop when traveling; one at a time.)  If sharing a license is more advantageous using an On-Demand or Private Server license is the correct choice.  The difference between the last two is whether your engineers have internet connectivity and so can use our cloud license servers for handing out available licenses or if not and they will need to connect to a server hosted on premise through a Local Area Network.
Licenses also have a geographical scope that determines where a license can be used.  Single Site licenses are the most common, and can be used at (or within a one-half mile radius of - to accommodate a campus environment) the shipping address for the license.  If your organization has more than one location, each location should have its own set of Single Site licenses or have  licensing with a regional scope such as Continental or Global.
You can learn more about licensing from this documentation:
Licensing Videos:
All the Menus are grayed out, what went wrong?   - Licensing the client (all license types covered)
Introduction to AltiumLive Dashboard  
Download & Transfer a Standalone license file to an installation without internet access  
Downloading .alf files from AltiumLive 

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