How to activate and register Autodesk software

Nov 1, 2014


You need to activate and register your stand-alone Autodesk product.


During product activation, your serial number and product key are verified and licensed to run on your computer. Activation is only required for Stand Alone Autodesk licenses. If you have a serial number and product key when you install your software, activation will be part of the installation process.

For a video walkthrough of the process, see: Activation and Post-Installation Tasks for Autodesk products and suites.

Activate Online after Installation

The steps below illustrate the process of activating and registering your Autodesk software online the first time you launch a new program after installation.

To activate and register your software:

  1. Launch your Autodesk product by clicking on the (product name).exe file, which may appear on your Desktop and is typically saved under your Programs (Windows) or Applications (Mac) folder.
  2. Check the box on the Autodesk Privacy Statement screen and click the I Agree button to indicate your acceptance of the terms and conditions. The privacy statement only appears the first time you launch the software.

    Image of the privacy policy screen from AutoCAD 2015
  3. Click the Enter Your Serial Number or Activate button (depending on your software version) when presented with the Free Trial screen.

    Image of the AutoCAD Free Trial screen with the option to Enter Your Serial Number to activate the software
  4. Enter your Serial Number and Product Key and click the Continue or Next button (depending on your software version).

    Image of activation screen with serial number and product key entered.
  5. Select Connect now and activate! and click Next if prompted to activate online. In most cases, activation will start automatically if you're already online.

    Note:  If you can't connect or have restricted Internet access you'll need to manually activate your product.

    Image of activation screen showing registration options. Select connect and register online.

To Register During Activation:

If the Serial Number you entered hasn't been registered to an Autodesk Account, you'll be asked to either create an account or log in to your existing account to register.

  1. Enter your Autodesk ID and Password and click Login. If you don't have one, click Create User ID Now and follow the on-screen instructions.

    User-added image
  2. If you have multiple Accounts, select the one you want to register your product to and click Next.

    User-added image
  3. The activation process completes automatically and saves your activation information in the specified location.  Click Finish to close the activation wizard.

    Image showing the successful activation screen.

Troubleshooting Activation Errors

Having trouble? Information about troubleshooting activation errors can be found in the following articles:



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