Product activation is the process of verifying that a product's license is valid and allowing the user to access the software. The product activation process protects both your rights as a consumer and the rights of Autodesk as a software developer: It verifies that you have installed a genuine Autodesk product and that the product has not been activated on more computers than are allowed by your Software License Agreement.
For most Autodesk products, product activation only applies to stand-alone and multi-seat stand-alone licenses. It is not required for network licenses.
Activation is the process of verifying the license for your Autodesk software. You may need to enter a serial number and matching product key or sign in with an Autodesk ID. Most Autodesk software can run in Trial mode for a limited time before requiring activation. See activation troubleshooting if you encounter an error.
An Activation Code is required to activate your product. In some cases, activation is automatic. You may also receive your Activation Code via email. If you have a perpetual license, you may be able to use the Digital Concierge to get your product Activation Code quickly, even if the computer with the product you want to activate is offline.
Registration may be optional. If required, you are prompted to create an Autodesk User ID associated with an individual or company during installation and activation. You can register at registeronce.autodesk.com.
Request Codes are required to request an Activation Code when an active Internet connection is not available and you cannot activate your software online. See Activate & Register Manually and Find Request Code for Manual Activation for information.
Different licenses may require different methods of activation.
Activation is initiated the first time the product is launched. If you are connected to the Internet, the process can be completed automatically. The method of activation and Internet access requirement is determined by your license type:
Subscription software cannot be activated through manual activation (offline).
To keep subscription software active, you must also connect to the internet at least once every 30 days after initial activation. (You should receive a reminder 7 days before you need to reconnect).
Cloud services: An Internet connection is always required to access cloud services.
An Internet connection is not required for perpetual license activation. However, activation over the Internet is the easiest, fastest method.
If the computer with your Autodesk product is not connected to the internet, request an activation code from an online comuter using the Autodesk Digital Concierge.
Individual licenses for students and educators are activated in one of two ways:
Educational institutions with multi-seat or network licenses need to manually register the serial numbers obtained for the school at registeronce.autodesk.com before activating the software. Be sure to use the serial number and product key obtained from the Education Community site when you downloaded the product.