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How do I activate ABB RobotStudio?

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The activation procedures are different for standalone and network licenses. If you have a standalone license, refer Activating a standalone license and if you have a network license, refer Activating a network license.  If you accidentally activated a network license through the standalone activation procedure, the license becomes invalid. You will have to contact ABB for

How to activate your standalone license:

Standalone licenses are activated through the Activation Wizard. If your computer has Internet access, then RobotStudio gets activated automatically, otherwise manual activation is required.

Use the following steps to start the Activation Wizard.

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Help section.

  2. Under Support, click Manage Licenses. The Options dialog appears with the Licensing options.

  3. Under Licensing, click Activation Wizard to view RobotStudio license option.

To resolve issues during activation, contact your local ABB customer support representative at the e-mail address or telephone number provided at

With Internet access

When your computer is connected to Internet, the Activation Wizard automatically sends your activation request to the ABB licensing servers. Your license will then be automatically installed and your product will be ready for use. RobotStudio will have to be restarted after activation.

Without Internet access

If your computer is not connected to Internet, you must proceed with manual activation.

  1. Create a license request file by selecting the option Step 1:Create a license request file.

    Proceed through the wizard, enter your activation key and save the license request file to your computer.

  2. Use removable storage, such as a USB stick, to transfer the file to a computer with an Internet connection. On that computer, open a web browser, go to  and follow the instructions given.

    The result will be a license key file that should be saved and transferred back to the computer having the installation awaiting activation.

  3. Relaunch the activation wizard and go through the steps until you reach the Activate a Standalone License page.

  4. Under Manual Activation, select the option Step 3:Install a license file.

    Proceed through the wizard, selecting the license key file when requested. Upon completion, RobotStudio is activated and ready for use.

RobotStudio must be restarted after activation.

How to activate a network license:

Network licensing allows you to centralize license management by installing licenses on a single server rather than on each individual client machine. The server administers the licenses to the clients as required. A single network license allows several clients to use the software.

Network Licensing is set up in the following stages:

  1. Install the server for network licensing (See Installing the Network Licensing Server)

  2. Activate the licenses for network licensing (See Using the SLP Server Web Interface)

  3. Set up the client for network licensing (See Setting up Network Licensing in the client)

Network licenses are displayed as Network in the View Installed Licenses link of the Licensing page.

Installing the Network Licensing Server

Network licensing in RobotStudio uses the SLP Distributor server as the network licensing server. It manages the allocation of network licenses to the clients.

You can install the SLP Distributor server from the Utilities\SLP Distributor directory of the RobotStudio distribution.


You need administrative privileges for installing and configuring the SLP Distribution server. The installer requires the following details:

  • Windows Server 2012 or 2008, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista

  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

The SLP Distributor server is installed as a service that starts automatically with Windows. It requires two open TCP ports, by default 2468 (for the web interface) and 8731 (for licensing). The installer opens these ports in the standard Windows Firewall, but any third-party firewall must be configured manually by the system administrator.