How do I purchase a license?

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You can purchase licenses for Lightning in our shop on They handle the payments and taxes and we handle the rest.

You will receive an email with a license code when the order is completed.

Floating licenses

The license code is identical for all users when you purchase multiple licenses. We use floating network licenses. That means multiple users can make use of a single license, just not at the same time. So having three licenses means that three users can use Lightning at the same time. Read more

– Check out a license

When Lightning starts, it connects to our license server and checks out an available license. You can disable checking out a license on startup in the license window.

– Return a license

This license is returned when you close SOLIDWORKS, disable the add-in or return your license.

PC-bound licenses

These are machine-locked licenses, which means they can be used on a single PC. This license type is a great default since most engineers use fasteners every day. Read more

How to activate a license

Once you have purchased a license, follow these simple steps to activate the license.