How to Activate Maker Edition
Key and Token
When a license is purchased you receive a Key (an eight-digit code) and a token that identify your purchase. Use this Key to activate the software online through the Ignition Gateway. You can also unactivate your license key, and reuse it to activate Ignition on a different machine as many times as you want.
When you download Ignition, you have the choice of Ignition Standard, Edge, or Maker Edition. You activate the license for Maker Edition during the installation process. When you choose Maker Edition. the installation wizard will prompt you for a license key and token. If you need help finding your key, sign in to your Inductive Automation account.
Adding Multiple Licenses to a Single Gateway
In order to better support our community of third-party module authors, we also allow for multiple license keys to be installed on a single Gateway. A third-party module author can issue a license key for their module directly to a customer, whereby, they can immediately do an install of the module. To learn more, check out the Third-Party Module Showcase to find and purchase modules that extend Ignition's functionality.
It is important to note that there may only be one license on it with a platform version per Gateway. The platform will look similar to the picture below. If you try and activate a second license with a platform onto a Gateway that already has a license with a platform, the new license will overwrite the previous license.
In the image below, two licenses have been applied to this Gateway, but only one is active.
It's important to know which version of a module you have installed and which version of the module you are licensed for. You could have a license for another version of a module so it's not going to work correctly until you have the correct version of the license. To verify the versions on your installed modules, go to the Modules page in the Status section of the Gateway Webpage or by clicking View Modules in the green banner.
Here you can see all the modules that are currently running with their version numbers and license status. The licenses are either in Trial, Activated, or Free mode. On this page, you can add or remove modules from your Ignition. If you are licensed for a module you are running, it will run in Activated mode. If you are not licensed for a module you are running, it will run in Trial mode until the Trial time is expired.
Don't be alarmed by a 'License Incomplete' message on the green banner. Click on the View Modules link within the banner. It opens an informational message box showing modules that are installed. Some of the modules are in Trial Mode.
Updating a License
If you want to add more modules to your existing license, just call Inductive Automation Support and we can add whatever you need. Once we upgrade your CD-Key to add or remove modules, your license needs to be updated. You update a license using the same CD-Key from the Config > Licensing section on the Gateway webpage.
Your license needs to be reloaded once it has been upgraded by Inductive Automation to include new modules, removed modules, or update allowable module versions. The same CD-Key is used for the license upgrade, so there is no need to unactivate the license. You can update your license using the same CD-Key by reloading the license.
When updating a license from the Gateway, there are two methods of activation: with an Internet connection and without an Internet connection.
Two Methods of Updating a License
You can update your license in two ways:
- With an Internet Connection - from the System > Licensing section on the Gateway Webpage, update your Gateway license over the Internet.
- Without an Internet Connection - if you don't have an internet connection, you can follow the offline update process in the without an Internet connection section.
In cases where you may have a hardware or OS failure and you cannot unactivate a license, Ignition provides an Emergency Activation mode. In this mode, you can temporarily activate your license for 7 days giving you enough time to contact Inductive Automation Support.
How to Activate in Emergency Mode
Activating your license in emergency mode is exactly the same as activating with your normal license, you don't have to do anything different because Ignition handles it all for you. See License Activation page for details on how to activate. The Gateway will know to run in emergency activation mode and it will display a timer stating how many days, hours, and minutes you have remaining in the Emergency Activation Mode banner. Any time before it expires, you can contact Inductive Automation Support to get your license fixed.
Unactivating a License
For a given license key, a limited amount of simultaneous activations are allowed at a given time. If you want to activate Ignition on a different server, you must first unactivate it on the current server. You can unactivate the license on one Gateway, and then activate it on a different Gateway if needed. Unactivation occurs immediately over the Internet, and makes this license available for activation on another machine.
To unactivate the Gateway, do the following steps:
- From the Config section of Gateway, go to System > Licensing. The Licensing page is displayed and you can see the currently installed license CD-Key.
- Click on Unactivate License icon.
- A Licensing / Confirm Unactive window will appear asking you to confirm the unactivation. Click the Yes, Unactivate button. It may take a minute or so for the request to finish.
- The unactivation request will be sent to Inductive Automation's licensing servers, and the license will again be available for activation on another Gateway.