License Information

Use the License Information dialog box to borrow, reserve or connect to licenses need to run ARCHICAD and certain Add-Ons.

Do one of the following:

Click on Help > License Information

From the Help > About ARCHICAD Dialog, click on License Information

This dialog displays License information and status for ARCHICAD-related products available to you.

Available options depend on your license configuration. Consult your distributor for more information.


The following License-related features are described on this page:

License Borrowing

Reserve License for MEP Modeler

Connect ARCHICAD License

Enter Emergency License Activation Code

Validate SSA Status

License Borrowing

The License Borrowing feature allows individual users to “borrow” a license key temporarily if they will be going offsite, to enable use of the software even without being connected to the network.

License borrowing is available if:

ARCHICAD is running on your machine with a license from a CodeMeter NET key (either hardware or software key)

The CodeMeter NET key contains borrowable licenses to use with ARCHICAD and/or other GRAPHISOFT products

For more information on CodeMeter NET, see

In any case, borrowing is available only if the selected product’s License is “Network (CodeMeter)”.

Click Borrow License.


If the process is successful, the program lets you know that you have borrowed a license for the product, with a particular expiration date.

In the License Information dialog box:

The selected product’s License information is listed as either “Borrowed (CodeMeter Stick)” or “Borrowed (License file)”, depending on the form of protection used. (This can vary by country.)

The selected product is now shown with a Return button: click here when you are ready to return the license. The expiration date of the borrowed license is shown in the Product Information section.

If your license expires before you return it, the program will automatically return it for you, even if you are not online.

Reserve License for MEP Modeler

It is possible that you have installed MEP Modeler on your machine without a license key. (This means that you can view MEP elements correctly in ARCHICAD, but you cannot create or modify them.) In this case, the License Information dialog box lists MEP Modeler product as Disabled. Click Reserve License here to start using a license for MEP Modeler: this way, you will have full access to MEP functions.


Connect ARCHICAD License

Use this optional function to connect your personal GRAPHISOFT ID to your GRAPHISOFT ID company, based on the protection key running ARCHICAD.

Once the personal GRAPHISOFT ID is connected, users can access SSA-exclusive web pages.

For more information, contact your distributor, or see

Enter Emergency License Activation Code

This feature is relevant only if you have obtained an Emergency License (a temporary solution, for licensed users, if ARCHICAD is launched with no Protection Key available). In this case, an Activation Code is issued via internet.

Use the Enter Activation Code button to enable the Emergency License on a computer that is currently running ARCHICAD in Demo mode.

For more information, contact your distributor, or see

Validate SSA Status

This function is relevant only for ARCHICAD users who have a Software Service Agreement (SSA).

Background: SSA’s are available according to terms and conditions set by your local distributor. Some ARCHICAD-related Add-Ons can be used with full functionality only if you have a valid SSA.

ARCHICAD automatically validates the status of your SSA at program startup if you are online. If the SSA status is up to date, your installed Add-Ons (those which require an SSA) will function, and you don’t have to do anything else.

When to Use this Function

If you install an Add-On or obtain a new SSA after starting ARCHICAD, you must run the SSA status validation manually:

Click Validate SSA Status.

If you are online: ARCHICAD will validate your SSA status, and the affected Add-Ons will now function.

If you are offline: You are directed to access and install the needed SSA validation files manually.

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