Autodesk Software Licensing

You can find help regarding installation, licensing, configuration, and setup of your Autodesk software on the Installation & Licensing support page.

Autodesk Licensing Options

Stand AloneStand-Alone License

For individual user, single computer

Install Method:

  • Install on one computer using one serial number and product key
  • A copy can be installed on a second computer but the two cannot run at the same time
  • Activation and registration can be done manually or automatically over the Internet


Network LicenseNetwork License

For large groups, multiple computers

Deployment Method:

  • Installation is configured once in an administrative image, stored on a network and then distributed to users’ computers
  • Network License Manager (NLM) running on a server is used to manage product licensing

Alternative Distribution Methods:

  • On Windows platforms, you can use batch files, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or Imaging Software


Multi-Seat Stand AloneMulti-Seat Stand-Alone License

For small groups, multiple computers

Install Method:

  • Repeat installation process on each computer using the same serial number and product key
  • Product activates automatically on first launch in an Internet connection is available

Deployment Method:

  • An administrative image is used to install a consistent configuration of products on each computer
  • Products are installed silently on multiple computers connected to the Internet using a single serial number and product key
  • After the first computer activates the serial number and product key, activation occurs automatically for all other computers using this deployment, as long as they are connected to the Internet
  • Do not use NLM to manage product licensing

Licensing for Students & Educators

Today’s students will make up the next generation of designers, innovators, and creators. That’s why Autodesk gives educational institutions free* access to the design software and apps used by millions of engineers, designers, and digital artists around the world. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) makes it easy for qualified educational institutions to download leading Autodesk software, including AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max, and Maya.

Are you a student or educator? Find free software for your personal use

*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved educational institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements.  Any software provided through ARC may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution and may not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.  Autodesk software license agreements