Remote Key Upgrade

by GRAPHISOFT and Gábor Almási · updated: 05.18.2016

WIBU hardware protection keys (WibuKey and CodeMeter) for GRAPHISOFT products can be remotely programmed via:

If you have recently purchased a GRAPHISOFT product (ARCHICAD, BIMx, MEP modeler, license borrowing option), you will receive an empty keyplug (either a plastic teal-colored key called WibuKey or a metal key called CodeMeter) that you need to “load” through the upgrade site.

If you are an ARCHICAD subscriber, software upgrades are automatically enabled for your key as they are available. You need to use the same site to upgrade your key.


  1. Install the WibuKey or CodeMeter driver from the  GRAPHISOFT’s WIBU download page. Make sure the keyplug is NOT attached while you are installing the driver.
  2. Reboot your computer.
  3. Plug the hardware key into your computer. Make sure only one keyplug is attached at a time.
  4. If you are upgrading a NET key, make sure that no one is using ARCHICAD licenses from that key.
  5. Launch an Internet browser, the best is using: Internet Explorer (on PC) or Safari (on Mac).
  6. Add to the Exception list on Java Control Panel/Securityjava_sec
  7. Visit – enable the Java applet when prompted.
  8. Select the preferred language.
  9. Click on the image of the key you have.KeySelector.png
  10. Select the key you would like to upgrade and click on check keyplug. (Products with 128-xxxxxxx format keyplug number are the license files of the software based license borrowing. These shouldn’t be managed here. Choose the keyplug number that starts with 2- if you have a silver/CodeMeter key.)LoadKeyplug.png
  11. In case your selected keyplug is empty, the recently purchased license will appear and be available for programming. Click Upgrade/Load Selected keyplug button at the bottom of the page.LoadKeyplug2.png
    In case your selected keyplug is already programmed, the current content and the content after this programming will appear on the page. Click Upgrade/Load Selected keyplug button at the bottom of the page.LoadKeyplug3.png
  12. Please confirm your choice by clicking OK in the upcoming windows.OK.png
  13. After the confirmation, click Start Programming in the upcoming windows. Please don’t unplug the keyplug during the process.StartProgramming.png
  14. As the last step, the programmed license will appear. Now you can unplug the keyplug.


For detailed software requirements and troubleshooting steps see: RemoteKeyUpgrade/Troubleshooting

  • Was this Helpful ?
  • 0   ​0


Requirements of the License Activation Website

Requirements of the site To use the upgrade site , you will need: A key that is eligible for upgrade and is connected to the computer. An active Internet connection. Installed protection key driver ( WibuKey or CodeMeter based on the type of key you…

Related content

About WibuKey protection

Basic ideas WibuKey is a hardware protection key for ArchiCAD and other Graphisoft products. It has been used for ArchiCAD since version 7.0. Since ArchiCAD 13, both WibuKey and CodeMeter keys are available for ArchiCAD. A protection key (also known as…

CodeMeter software protection

Changes in Software Protection System from ArchiCAD 13 For new ArchiCAD users, GRAPHISOFT provides the new CodeMeter protection key (developed by WIBU) with ArchiCAD 13+. The CodeMeter protection key represents your license to use ArchiCAD. Like the…

WibuKey software protection for GRAPHISOFT products

WibuKey features About the available protection systems About WibuKey software protection How to set up a WibuKey server How to manage users on the server side Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide How to report errors Useful links ArchiCAD license…

WibuKey Troubleshooting Guide

Required firewall settings In case of using network licenses the required network traffic should be possible. Make sure on all related firewalls (client, server) the port that is used by the Wibu driver is open. By default it is 22347, can be customized…