Student License

Created: May 4, 2021 | Updated: May 19, 2023

This article has information that will be helpful for students that want to start using Altium Designer.

Starting in Version: 18.0
Up to Version: Current

Solution Details

Students can apply for a free Altium Designer online curriculum and student license via the Altium Education program.  This is a fully functional license to use our current version, of Altium Designer which is renewable every 6 months as long as you are a student. 

our e-mail must be associated with your university domain.  (For example .edu or .ch)  Here's the link to enroll in the Altium Education curriculum and free student license.
It might take a day or two to get a response after you fill out the form on the website. Your school's domain may not be approved by our automated system (if it doesn't end in .edu for example.) If this is your case, or if you still haven't received any communication, contact us describing your issue here:
Here are some links to Knowledge Base Articles and documentation that will help get you started:

How to use a license

On-Demand Training Resources

New to Altium Designer or resume work with AD after break or major update
To learn more about Altium Academic Programs, such as team sponsorships and training courses, follow this link:
When it's time to renew your license (after six months), just use the original link above to re-apply.  If there are any issues, try following the steps in these Knowledge Base Articles:

Nothing happens when trying to use a license

Warning: License Renewal Failed
If that doesn't help, contact us describing your issue here:
You can also send an e-mail Here:

Support for accounts using a Student (rather than a commercial) licenses includes…
Our Support Home:
This page has direct links to:
•  Live Chat, which students can use for non-technical issues such as Installation, Licensing, Altium Live login,
• Knowledge Base articles,
• Altium Academy - a large collection of YouTube videos,
• User Forums - Someone else may have already experienced and solved your issue,
• Documentation - where you can find extensive, versioned information about our software

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