Your ARCHICAD License Key
When you start ARCHICAD, the program automatically checks to see if you have a license available. If so, you are ready to work.
To update, download and otherwise manage your license keys, use the License Manager Tool.
The License Manager Tool is automatically installed to your computer as part of ARCHICAD 21 installation. It is also available for download at
The Hardware Key (Dongle) contains your license information on a USB stick. Before you start using the latest version of ARCHICAD, this Hardware Key must be updated.
For the update process, use the License Manager Tool:
Start the License Manager Tool (LMT) and follow the directions to update your Hardware Key.
Now you are ready to use ARCHICAD 21.
Note: After updating your license key to ARCHICAD 21, you can still use older-version ARCHICADs (versions 10-20).
The Software Key is a software-based license. Using the License Manager Tool, a software key can be downloaded from the License Pool to a local client computer. To update your software key to the latest ARCHICAD version, start the License Manager Tool and follow the directions to update your license to the latest version.
If you are using a single license and plan to work on a different computer, you should upload the software key to the License Pool, so that you can access it from a different location. (Internet connection is required.)
Note: If you are using a network license, there is no need to upload the software key to the license pool.
Serial Number (Education Version or Trial Version)
If you are using the Education or Trial version of ARCHICAD, you must activate it when starting ARCHICAD, using a Serial Number. Students and Trial users can register to obtain a Serial Number that is valid for a limited time.
•If you are using a Trial Version and later obtain a commercial version, insert your Hardware Key (or download a Software Key), then start ARCHICAD. Open your projects and save them again, this time as full-version project files.
•The ARCHICAD Education Version cannot be converted to a commercial version, because it is designed for use by students or for educational purposes only. The Education Version cannot be used for commercial purposes.
When you start ARCHICAD, the program automatically checks to see if you have a license available. If you don’t have a license at all, you can continue in Demo Mode.
Demo Mode gives you full functionality except file saving and Teamwork. Use Demo mode to open, view and try out functions using any ARCHICAD file.
The unavailable commands and menu items are disabled, and the ARCHICAD title bar changes to ARCHICAD 21 Demo.
Lost or Defective License Key
In case of a lost or defective License Key, contact your local distributor.
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ARCHICAD License Types