How to Install the Network License Manager

Jul 6, 2014


You’re setting up your Autodesk Network License or upgrading to a new product version and need to install the most recent version of the Network License Manager.


The most recent version of the Autodesk Network License Manager is required for successful network deployment of new versions of Autodesk software. You can install it using the product media from your new software or download and install:

Install from Autodesk Software Media
Download from Autodesk and Install

Refer to these articles for additional help getting your network deployment running:

Note: You can install the Network License Manager before or after you install the actual product itself; however, you will not be able to run the NLM until you have obtained a network license file from Autodesk and configured your server.

Install from Autodesk Software Media

It is recommended that you install the Network License Manager (NLM) included with the installation files for your Autodesk software when installing the most recent version. This will ensure that you have the most recent and compatible version of the Network License Manager.

To Install NLM from Autodesk Software Media:

  1. Launch the Product Installer by double-clicking the .exe or .dmg file associated with your product and version.

    Note: This is the product installer for your Autodesk software, not an installer for the Network License Manager. In this example, the install file for AutoCAD 2015 is used to install the Network License Manager.

    Locating Install Files

    Downloads: If you downloaded your software from Subscription Center, Autodesk Account, or another source, check the default download folder for your Web browser, your Desktop, Downloads folder, or the Autodesk folder: System > Autodesk > ProductName_Version_Language_OS as seen in the below image.

    USB or DVD: A folder containing install files should appear on your desktop after inserting the media.

    Windows file explorer window showing location of Autodesk AutoCAD install file

  2. Click on the Install Tools & Utilities panel.

    Image showing the AutoCAD 2015 install screen with option to Install Tools & Utilities.
  3. Check the box next to Network License Manager and click the Install button.

    Note: If you wish to change the install location, you can click Browse and select the location of your choice. We recommend you use the default location.

    Image of the AutoCAD 2015 install process showing Network License Manager as an installation choice.
  4. Click Finish to close the installer window when the Installation Complete screen appears.

    Image showing successful installation of the Network License Manager.

Download from Autodesk and Install

The most recent version of the Autodesk Network License Manager is readily available for manual download and install:

To Download NLM from Autodesk and Install:

  1. Visit Latest version of the Autodesk Network License Manager and click on the link that matches your operating system and IP configuration.
  2. Download and view the Readme file to get important system compatibility and installation information.
  3. Download and launch the .exe or .dmg file for your operating system.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions for installation.


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