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ArchiCAD license types

by ShaunCoomber, MartonKiss, CsabaKezer, KatalinTakacs, updated 2014-02-17


See also: Graphisoft Technical Support site


Commercial License

The full commercial version is licensed using WibuKey or CodeMeter hardware protection, allowing full functionality of the software. For full information on commercial license compatibility, see the ProtectionKey article.

{i} To purchase GRAPHISOFT products or for country specific information you can contact your country representative: http://www.graphisoft.com/purchase

Types of commercial licenses

  • Full license

    With a full license you buy unlimited usage for the chosen GRAPHISOFT product also you will be able to run older versions as well. (with some technical limitations for mor details see: ProtectionKey)

  • Pay-per-use license - PPU

    Pay-per-use license type offers prepaid licenses for ArchiCAD, you can buy hours of ArchiCAD usage in advance. When you start ArchiCAD the counter starts and when you quit the program it stops to count. In Help menu/License information you can check the remaining number of hours also by visiting https://upgrade.graphisoft.com.

    /!\ Running multiple instances of ArchiCAD results faster time consumption e.g. if you have two ArchiCAD sessions running side-by-side then twice as much time will be used from the key. Also it is important to know that only AC13+ versions can be run with a CodeMeter based PPU keys as the CodeMeter enabler technology is not available for PPU key plugs.

{i} Pay-per-use license option is only available on select markets.

  • Rental license

    With rental option you can buy a license for a certain time period like for one month. Within the purchased time period you can use ArchiCAD without any limitation e.g. running multiple sessions all day. The usage of this starts when you first start ArchiCAD using a rental license - so not on the day when you purchase it. In Help menu/License information you can check the end of the purchased time period also you can list this by visiting https://upgrade.graphisoft.com.


Demo Mode

ArchiCAD will launch in Demo mode if the hardware protection cannot be accessed or there is no free license available. Save, Copy, and TeamWork functions are disabled, but it is still possible to print.


Educational (EDU) License

Education versions can be installed only with a serial number.

  • Registration A serial number can be obtained by registering at https://www.myarchicad.com/. The first step of registration gives you a personal temporary serial number and a download link. The process at this level is completely automatic, so you will receive your serial number and the link immediately after you register. This temporary serial number will give you 30-days usage. At the end of the second step you will receive your personal final serial number that allows you to run ArchiCAD for one year (and can be renewed free of charge after expiration). This part of the process involves an “approval” stage, which will be handled by Graphisoft's local representative.

  • File Format and Compatibility EDU and commercial project files will have the same file format (.PLN), but EDU files have an irremovable logo at the top right corner. This logo will be present on all printouts. EDU project files can be opened with a commercial version of ArchiCAD, in which case ArchiCAD switches to EDU mode and the logo will be present. Commercial project files can be opened with an EDU version of ArchiCAD. In this case the logo is added, and cannot be removed later. Saving in the EDU version will prevent the file from opening in the Commercial mode. Besides 'Open', no other data exchange (copy, paste, merge, hotlink…) is allowed between EDU and commercial project files.


Trial License

A trial license is a fully functional version, but without Teamwork. A serial number is required for licensing, which is valid for 30 days. After the 30 days save is disabled, but it is still possible to print.

  • Registration A serial number can be obtained by registering at https://www.myarchicad.com/.

  • File Format and Compatibility Files written in the trial version are encrypted and can only be opened on the computer they were created. The files can be converted to full files by purchasing a commercial license and opening with the hardware protection on the computer they were written.

At the end of the 30 days, without converting to full commercial files, the save function will no longer be enabled but it is still possible to print.


START Edition

ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition is based on the industry leading Virtual Building technology of ArchiCAD but its feature set is tailored to the needs of small architectural practices. For details of the features in the current version see START Edition.


BIMx

For BIMx license options see: BIMx/LicenseTypes


EcoDesigner STAR

EcoDesigner STAR is based on ArchiCAD’s built-in Energy Evaluation feature, but provides significantly extended capabilities and data settings.

In order to access these extended functions you must have ArchiCAD 17 build 5019 or newer and have an EcoDesigner STAR license key. Apart from inserting this license key, no additional installation or download is necessary.


Please contact your GRAPHISOFT Partner for further product information and purchase details.


File compatibility between different License types

File saved with

Commercial License

EDU License

Trial License

Start Edition

Opened with

Commercial License

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(./) *

(./) **

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EDU License

(./) *

(./)

x

x

Trial License

(./)

x

(./)

x

Start Edition

x

x

x

(./)


* File is converted to Educational mode
** File can only be opened on the same machine where it was saved


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