Altova Software Licensing Models

Altova offers various options for licensing its desktop developer, mobile development, and server software products. Please use this page to learn about the different types of licenses available and choose the type that best suits your needs.

Altova LicenseServer

The Altova LicenseServer is a free product that provides centralized management for your Altova desktop and server software licenses. Here you can manage, track, and deploy all your key codes for Altova products with ease. In fact, for license and SMP subscriptions, you can opt to have your auto-renewed licenses automatically deployed to your LicenseServer.

Whether you are virtualizing your machines or moving licenses across your network, the Altova LicenseServer lets you manage tasks efficiently from an easy-to-use, web-based administrator console. The Altova LicenseServer makes license compliance easy. It even sends automated emails to alert you of upcoming renewal deadlines.

Use of the Altova LicenseServer is required for:

  • Server software licenses
  • Concurrent User licenses
  • Named User licenses
  • Virtualized environments

LicenseServer is not required for Installed User licenses; however, it is recommended for convenience.

To get started, all you need to do is install the Altova LicenseServer on your network, accessed via a browser.

License Type for Key CodesPermitted usage, using 10 licenses as an exampleApplicable scenarioStandalone PCVMsTerminal ServerPersistent VDINon-Persistent VDILicense Server Required?
Installed User10 licenses permits installation and use on 10 unique machines.

Altova LicenseServer counts machines.
Choose when every user needs to access the software very often and needs a license for a specific machine.YesYes, with LicenseServerNoYes, with LicenseServerNoYes, in virtualized environments. Recommended in other scenarios.
Concurrent UserConcurrent User 10 licenses permits 10 concurrent uses (use at same time) and permits installation on 100 unique machines.

Altova LicenseServer counts machines.
Choose when many users access the software, but most users do not need to access it at once. License applies to specific machines.YesYesNoYesNoYes, in all environments
Named User10 licenses permits 10 specifically named individual users to each use 1 license on any machine.

Altova LicenseServer counts users.
Choose for software use in virtual environments in which users need to associate a license with a UPN such as a network login (rather than a specific machine).

LicenseServer admin can assign each license to a specific user.
YesYesYesYesYesYes, with all multi-user key codes and in all virtualized environments

Guide to Choosing Desktop License Models for Multiple Users

Do you need to deploy licenses in a non-persistent VDI environment or one in which users access the software via a terminal server?
Choose Named User license(s). Assign each license to a UPN rather than a specific machine.
Do most users need access to the software at the same time?
Choose Installed User license(s). Purchase based on the number of computers the software will be installed on.
Choose Concurrent User license(s). Purchase based on how many users need to use the software at the same time. Install the software on up to 10 times the licensed number of computers, provided that only the licensed number of computers use the software at once.

Desktop Developer Tools

There are three license types available for Altova desktop developer tools. These are described below, and you can find more information in the End User License Agreement. Licenses are sold in package sizes of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50. Built-in price breaks occur in each package size, starting at 5.

Installed User Licenses

Installed User licenses are purchased per number of computers on which you would like to install the software.

For example, if you purchase a 10 Installed User license, you may install and use the software on up to 10 computers.

Concurrent User Licenses

A Concurrent User license allows you to install the software on up to 10 times the license number, provided that only the licensed number of people use the software at the same time. For example, if you purchase a 20 Concurrent User license, you may install the software on up to 200 computers and use it on up to 20 computers at the same time.

All Concurrent User licenses must be used in conjunction with the Altova LicenseServer.

Named User Licenses

For each Named User license, you may install the software on up to 5 computers or workstations. This allows the user to switch from one computer to the other as necessary, provided that only one instance of the software will be used by the Named User at a time.

Multi-user Named License

Enterprises may purchase a single key code that will hold multiple Named User licenses. This saves you from having a separate key code for each Named User. Within the LicenseServer, the administrator assigns the individual named user a license according the user’s UPN (user principal name), i.e., his or her network ID. This is especially applicable for users working in a virtual environment (see below).

All Named User licenses must be used in conjunction with the Altova LicenseServer.

Virtual Environment

You may use Altova desktop software in virtual environments. These include a host terminal server (e.g., Microsoft Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe), application virtualization server (e.g., Microsoft App-V, Citrix XenApp, or VMWare ThinApp), or virtual machine environment.

You may use the software on a stand-alone personal computer and/or a persistent virtual machine (VM) with all license models. It is also permitted to use the software in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with non-dynamic network configurations, i.e., stable hostnames or IP addresses, with all license models.

However, if you use the software on a terminal server or non-persistent VDI environment, or if your persistent VDI assigns dynamic hostnames, then you must use Named User licenses with the applicable Altova LicenseServer.

All usage shall be within your internal network for the sole and exclusive purpose of permitting individual users within your organization to access and use the software.

Use of Altova software in a virtual environment requires use of the Altova LicenseServer.

License Pool

For all Concurrent User and Named User licenses, you must use the Altova LicenseServer, and you may also use the LicenseServer to manage Installed User licenses.

Concurrent User and Installed User licenses may be grouped on the same Altova LicenseServer, while Named User licenses must be used on a separate Altova LicenseServer. This is because Concurrent and Installed User licenses are allocated per machine, while Named User licenses are allocated per user.

If you have existing licenses that you wish to convert to a different license model, for instance, if your infrastructure changes from standalone personal computers to dynamically assigned VMs, please contact the Altova Sales Team.

Please note: Management via LicenseServer is available when running Altova desktop developer tools Version 2017 or higher.

Server Software Products

Altova server products including MobileTogether Server, FlowForce Server, RaptorXML Server, MapForce Server, and StyleVision Server are licensed per server, as described below. More information is available in the Altova Server Software License Agreement and Altova MobileTogether Server Software License Agreement. Licenses are sold for 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, and 32-core servers, with built in price breaks starting at 2.

Annual Per Server Licenses

Altova server products are licensed per year, per server, based on the number of cores available on the machine. You must obtain a separate license key code for each server. The number of cores licensed must be greater than or equal to the number of cores available on the server, whether it's a physical or virtual machine. For example, if a server has 8 cores, you must purchase at least an 8-core license.

If you are using a computer server with a large number of CPU cores but only have a low volume of data to process, you may also create a virtual machine that is allocated a smaller number of cores, and then purchase a license for that number. Such a deployment, of course, will have less processing speed than if all available cores on the server were utilized.

In addition, if you wish to run a server product in single-thread mode, i.e., disable parallel execution, you may purchase a 1-core license and run the licensed server product in single-thread execution mode on a server with multiple cores. Note, however, that the Advanced Editions of our server products do not support single-thread execution mode.

When it comes to allocating cores, Altova server products do not treat hyper-threading cores as two separate cores. Only the real number of cores in a physical machine, or the number of virtual cores assigned to a VM, is counted.

Altova server software product must be used in conjunction with an Altova LicenseServer.

The information on this page is provided for illustrative and explanation purposes only. In case of a conflict, the detailed definitions, specifications, and license grants in the actual license agreements govern.