Activating Trial Licenses

Applies to TestComplete 15.65, last modified on June 25, 2024

This page refers to key-based licenses — a legacy license type used in TestComplete until version 15.48. For information on the current, ID-based license type, see SmartBear ID-based Licenses.


  • The trial version of TestComplete is a 30-day fully functional Node-Locked license.

  • It allows running one instance of TestComplete on a single computer.
  • It includes the Desktop, Web, and Mobile modules and the Intelligent Quality add-on of TestComplete.

  • The trial license also includes a TestExecute Floating User license for running one concurrent TestExecute instance.

You can find information on differences between the commercial and trial versions at:


  • To activate a license, TestComplete exchanges data with the SmartBear licensing servers:, port 443, port 443

    We recommend using a computer that has access to these servers. This way activation will be easier. Proxies and firewalls working in your network should allow connections to them.

    If you have no Web access, you can activate the license manually.

  • We’d recommend installing TestComplete trials on a physical computer. Using cloud or virtual machines is also possible, but might cause extra efforts: the trial license is Node-Locked, and is bound to the hardware, on which you activate it. So, if your virtual or cloud machine is removed or stopped, you will not be able to use the trial again. To void this, you have to ensure that the machine’s MAC address and CPU data don’t change after that machine restarts.

    We recommend that you activate the trial license on a physical computer and use TestExecute to run tests on virtual or cloud machines. See Using TestComplete on Cloud Computers.

Activation steps

  1. Download TestComplete to your computer and launch the installer (do not rename the file).

  2. Install TestComplete. At the end, the installer will launch TestComplete automatically.

  3. TestComplete will show the Welcome dialog on startup. Click Start a Trial:

    Welcome to TestComplete
    Note: To activate a commercial license key, click Activate a commercial license and follow the instructions you will see on screen.
  4. TestComplete will connect to the SmartBear licensing servers (see above) and activate your trial license.

    If you do not have an Internet connection, TestComplete will display an error message and will suggest using offline (manual) activation. Follow the wizard instructions to proceed with the activation. See also Manual Activation Procedure.

Uninstall and move the license

After activation, the trial license is bound to your computer. If you want to move the trial license to another machine, request a new trial or contact our Sales Team or Customer Care Team.


Troubleshooting (documentation section)

Licensing Troubleshooter (web wizard)

See Also

About Licensing System
Activating Licenses
How To

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