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Activating a Product

Last Modified: June 10, 2021

Use NI License Manager to activate software products at work and home without having to open the software.

Before using your products, you must activate them in accordance with their license agreement. To activate a product, you must first purchase a license. For information on purchasing license, contact your local NI sales representative or visit the NI Worldwide Offices web page. If you do not have an NI User Account, visit the MyNI Dashboard and create one.
  • If your NI software is licensed through a volume license agreement, you do not need to activate your products. Instead, you need to point NI License Manager to a volume license server.
  • For home use through a volume license agreement, request a license file from your volume license administrator.

Use NI License Manager to activate your NI software:

  1. In the General section, click Activate Software.

    If prompted to log in, click LOG IN TO ACTIVATE. Enter your NI User Account credentials and click Log in.

  2. All the unlicensed products are listed in the Activate Software window. There are four ways to activate your products.
    1. Check my account for licenses
      • Licenses associated with your account are verified successfully, activation completes.
      • If your account lacks the appropriate licenses for a particular product, proceed to activate the product using either a activation code or a serial number.
    2. Enter a serial number

      You can find your serial numbers in the following locations:

      • On the Certificate of Ownership included in your software kit
      • On the products packing slip or shipping label
      • On a previously installed version of your application software, by selecting Help»About

      Visit the NI Info Codes web page and enter the Info Code SerialNumbers_en for the latest information regarding locating a serial number

    3. Enter activation codes

      Click on Generate an activation code or visit to obtain an activation code.

    4. Connect to a volume license server

      Enter the name of the volume license server on which your NI products should check for licenses.

  4. Follow the prompts in the Activate Software window to complete activation.

    If you were using NI software before you began the activation process, you may need to restart the software.

You can use your product immediately after activation.

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