CodeMeter Runtime


Note for end users: 
CodeMeter Runtime enables your license and is the only software required to download for your CodeMeter protected application to run. Download it here.

CodeMeter Runtime is an out-of-the-box package that you deliver along with your software. It contains all the components that you need to create CodeMeter-based licenses. CodeMeter Runtime is available as a stand-alone installer and a merge module.

CodeMeter Runtime includes:

  • CodeMeter Runtime Service
  • CodeMeter WebAdmin
  • CodeMeter Control Center
  • API for C/C++, C#, Java, Delphi, Visual Basic, and other programming languages
  • Additional tools

CodeMeter Runtime Service

The main component of CodeMeter Runtime is the CodeMeter Runtime Service. It runs in the background, usually as a service or daemon, and manages connected CmDongles, activated CmActLicenses, and the connection to the license server in LAN, WAN and cloud. It is also in charge of managing available and used licenses and tracking their use. When running on a license server in a LAN or WAN, it also makes licenses for CodeMeter Runtime Services on network clients available.

CodeMeter Runtime Service monitors the applications which are started and automatically assigns licenses to them in the event that any application crashes or the assignment of the license was forgotten by the developer. On terminal servers and in virtual environments, CodeMeter Runtime Service ensures that licenses used simultaneously on different workstations are counted separately (for each session and each machine).

In the case of CmActLicense, CodeMeter Runtime Service determines the required properties for the binding to the computer and hides the information related to the activation securely on the target computer.

CodeMeter WebAdmin

CodeMeter WebAdmin is a browser-based user interface that displays activated, available, and test licenses.

CodeMeter Control Center

CodeMeter Control Center displays the list of CmDongles connected to the computer and existing CmActLicenses available on the machine; it also offers an activation wizard for offline activation of licenses.

Supported Platforms

CodeMeter Runtime is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Comparison of CodeMeter variants

Function CodeMeter
WebAdmin     Yes
CodeMeter Control Center     Yes
Library with API Yes Yes Yes
User Command Line Tools     Yes
Background Service / Daemon     Yes
CmDongles   Yes Yes
CmActLicenses Yes Yes Yes
CmCloudLicenses     Yes
LAN Client    Yes Yes
LAN Server     Yes
Trial Licenses,
Subscription-based Licenses
   Yes Yes
Pay-Per-Use Licenses    Yes Yes
Feature-based Licenses Yes Yes Yes
Version-based Licenses Yes Yes Yes
License Transfer Master     Yes
License Transfer Endpoint Yes Yes Yes
File-based License Update Yes Yes Yes
Terminal Server Detection     Yes
Remote Desktop Detection     Yes
Secure Key Storage Yes Yes Yes

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