If you have the SmartBear ID-based license, specify your SmartBear account (or SmartBear ID) to use the product.
How to create a SmartBear account
We create one for you automatically when you request a trial on our website. You will receive a notification message via email about this. We recommend that you follow the link in this email message and set a password for your account.
Note: We create an account for the email address you specified in the trial request form. Of course, if you already have an account for this email, a new one is not created.
Once you have an account, you can specify it in the product. See below.
The new licenses are controlled by SmartBear online License Servers. The computer where you are going to run TestLeft must have access to these servers. The proxies and firewalls running in your network should allow a permanent connection to them:
Option 1 — Requesting a trial from the website
In this case, the TestLeft trial doesn’t require any special activation. You can download, install, and run it. The trial installation has all the data needed for the run. It uses the SmartBear account that was created for you when you requested the trial.
You will receive an email message on the created SmartBear account. We recommend that you follow a link in that email and set a password for your account.
Option 2 — Requesting a trial from the application
Currently, most commercial licenses are key-based. So, as the first step, you need to switch to the ID-based licensing. To do this, click on the TestLeft UI Spy toolbar and then click Switch to SmartBear ID-based Licensing:
After switching to ID-based licensing, TestLeft will ask you to specify your SmartBear ID credentials (email and password). If you don’t have a SmartBear account yet, you can create it right from this dialog.
After you specified your SmartBear ID, TestLeft will check if you have a license or not.
If you have no TestLeft licenses assigned to your SmartBear account, TestLeft will display a message suggesting that you start the trial:
ID-based licenses can be Fixed User or Floating (see more on this in the SmartBear License Management documentation). The activation steps listed below work for both Fixed User and Floating licenses.
1. Admin steps — Assign the licenses to end-users
When purchasing a license, you specify the person who will represent the license administrator on your side, that is, who will have permissions to control the license use and assign the license to your teammates.
The license administrator works on the SmartBear Licensing Portal:
For complete information on assigning licenses, see SmartBear License Management Documentation.
If your teammates don’t have SmartBear accounts, the license admin can invite them to the Portal to get the accounts. It is essential to use corporate emails for the invitation, not the personal ones.
If needed, the license administrator can assign the licenses to themselves.
2. User steps
1. Complete account creation
If your license administrator assigns a license to you, and you have no SmartBear account, the Licensing Portal will send an invitation email to you. This email contains a link to the Portal. Follow this link and specify a password for your SmartBear account to complete the account creation. After that, you will be able to download the product installer from the Portal.
Of course, the Portal doesn’t send invitations to those who already have SmartBear accounts. These users receive notifications on assigned licenses.
2. Install TestLeft
Download the TestLeft installer:
Log in to the Portal:
Find the product and your license there. Click the and select the needed version for downloading:
Make sure your computer has access to the SmartBear license servers (see Requirements above).
Run the downloaded installer and follow the instructions of the installation wizard.
When the installation is over, the installer will automatically run TestLeft, which, in its turn, will ask you for activation.
3. Activate TestLeft
If you haven’t started the product yet, start it.
TestLeft will show a dialog box asking you to specify the email and password of your SmartBear account:
TestLeft will check if your SmartBear account has a license assigned to it. Further actions depend on whether you have a license or not.
If the license is found, no further actions are required from your side: TestLeft will consume the license seat, and you will be able to use the product.
TestLeft will remember your credentials, so you don’t need to enter them every time you start the product.
If the license is absent, TestLeft will notify you about this and will suggest possible solutions.
Activation in private networks
ID-based licenses are controlled and managed by SmartBear license servers available on the Web. If you are working in a private network, most probably, these servers are unavailable for you. To use TestLeft in these conditions, you have to convert your Fixed User or Floating license to an offline one and then activate it in a special way. See detailed instructions.