1. A new license is generally limited until payment has been received. After payment, the time limit will be removed, and we will immediately inform you how to update your license.
  2. The standard way to activate a license relies on an internet connection - see description below. If the license server has no internet connection, please see the related article for the offline (file-based) license activation.


1. Please make sure the following requirements are met:

  • You have access rights on the server. Access is also possible through a remote desktop connection.
  • The license server has an internet connection.
  • The tool PTV License Manager (Server) is installed. (The setup of the tool will also install the CodeMeter runtime.)
  • The server is set up as a license server. (You can verify this setting in the WebAdmin view of the CodeMeter control center.)

2. On the license server, start the PTV License Manager (Server).

3. Copy the license key received by e-mail to the clipboard.

  • Note: The license key has 25 characters.
  • Example: 1U2N3-N49LW-IM6EO-6NKWS-Z0QRA

4. In the License Manager, (1) click the Activate new license symbol and (2) enter the license key. Confirm by (3) clicking OK.

5. On the next screen, please (1) select the option On this computer. (If you have a license for USB dongles and multiple USB dongles are plugged into your machine, select a USB stick from the License container list.) Then, (2) proceed with Next.

6. Wait for the activation to complete and click Close.

7. If you are using a floating network license with borrowing, you will need to prepare the license accordingly.

8. Don't forget: If this is a soft container license and you ever need to reinstall Windows or replace the license server, please make sure to return the license first. It cannot be recovered otherwise.