About ReadyAPI Licenses

Applies to ReadyAPI 3.53, last modified on June 07, 2024
Important Notice for ReadyAPI Customers

ReadyAPI has moved to SmartBear License Management and from October 2023, file-based licensing will be retired. As of September 2023, all licenses issued for your subscription term will be ID-based licenses by default. If you are not currently on ID-based licensing, it's time to migrate immediately. File-based licensing will no longer be supported as of October 2023. This means that technical support requests related to file-based licensing will not be accommodated. If you encounter technical issues that you're unable to resolve, it could lead to service interruption. For customers still in the process of migration, we recommend reaching out to your Account Manager to discuss your migration plan. Alternatively, you can log a support request with our Customer Care Team for assistance.

For more details regarding licensing support, please refer to this link.

To use ReadyAPI, you need either a trial license or a commercial license for one of ReadyAPI tools (ReadyAPI Test, ReadyAPI Performance, or ReadyAPI Virtualization).

If you do not have a license, you can request it on our web site.

Note: For information on VirtServer licenses, see Licensing VirtServer.
For information on TestEngine licenses, see Licensing TestEngine.

License types

There are several license types for ReadyAPI depending on the tools you are going to use: ReadyAPI Test, ReadyAPI Performance, and ReadyAPI Virtualization. You can purchase a license for one of the tools or the bundle license for all of them.

A license for a ReadyAPI tool, for instance, for ReadyAPI Virtualization, enables all its features (including the Pro features), plus the basic features of the other tools: ReadyAPI Test and ReadyAPI Performance.

Each license can be of the fixed or floating type:

  • Fixed licenses allow running the product by one user on one computer. They can be deactivated a limited number of times to change the computer or the user who can use ReadyAPI.

  • Floating licenses allow multiple users to run the product on different machines, but each license can be used only by one user at a time.

For detailed information on the license types, see ReadyAPI License Types.

Activation steps

You activate licenses in the License Manager dialog.

To open the dialog, select Help > License Manager from the main menu of ReadyAPI.

License Manager Dialog

In the dialog:

  1. Select the desired tool.

  2. Click one of the following buttons:

    • Start Pro Trial – Activates a trial license.

    • Buy Renewal – Opens the SmartBear shop where you can purchase the desired renewal license.

    • Install License – Activates a new fixed or floating license.

  3. Follow the instructions in the subsequent dialog boxes. Below are links to step-by-step descriptions.

The actual steps to be performed depend on the license type:

Renewal licenses

You can install a renewal license after receiving it. Click Install License and specify the license. When the start date of the renewal license comes, ReadyAPI will automatically bring up the activation dialog with the same credentials as those of your previous license. If you deactivate the license, both licenses will be deactivated and exported to a single file.

Note: After you activate a license, it becomes bound to your computer. You cannot activate this license again until you deactivate it.
  • If you want to move the license to another machine, you need to first export and deactivate it on your computer, and then activate it on the desired machine.

  • If you change the system settings (the user name, computer name, and so on), you may lose your license. To avoid this, we recommend that you deactivate the license and activate it again after you make changes.

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