SIMATIC licenses at a glance

When using SIMATIC software you have a variety of licensing options tailored to your individual needs and preferred use.


License type
Scope of functions
Permitted installation units
License storage
Trial Rental Single Floating
Trial version Rental version Full version Full version
full full full full
e.g. 21 days 365 days unlimited unlimited
1 PC 1 PC 1 PC multiple PCs
local local local local / server
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Trial – a license to try us out

With a Trial license you can install the corresponding SIMATIC software product on one computer. After the first time you launch the program you can use it without restrictions for a limited time (e.g. 21 days), for testing and evaluation purposes – however it is not meant for production. We are not subject to liability of any kind for this type of license. Once the Trial license expires, the software cannot be relaunched till you download and apply a corresponding Floating or Single License key for the same version. There is no need to reinstall the software.

When is a Trial version the right one for you?
  • You want to try out the software before you decide to buy.
  • You want to use the software to evaluate internal processes.
  • You don’t want any compromises on functionality or performance during the testing and evaluation phase.

Rental – an extensive full-year trial

The Rental license allows the installation of SIMATIC software products on a single computer and remains fully valid for 365 days after the first start of the software. Once the Rental license has expired, the purchase of a full license will enable the further use of the software. The Rental license can only be purchased in combination with a S7-1500 Starter Kit

When is a Rental license the right one for you?
  • You want to try out the software’s interaction with a CPU like the S7-1500.
  • You want an extensive trial and evaluation phase with no limitations on functionality or performance.

Single – ideal for single-location computers

Under a Single license, you can install and run SIMATIC software products, especially runtime versions like WinCC Runtime Advanced, without restrictions, on a single computer. The license, together with the software, is stored locally on the computer and cannot be transferred to other computers.

When is a Single license the right one for you?

You want to operate your SIMATIC software on only one computer – but for an unlimited length of time.

Floating – for maximum user flexibility

A Floating license allows you to install the software on as many computers as you like. For each license, one user can use the software no matter what computer they’re on, or where they’re working. The number of licenses determines the number of computers the software can be used on at one time. A Floating license has an indefinite run time, and with a current license key, it also lets you use older versions of the same software family (e.g. STEP 7 / WinCC in the TIA Portal).

When is a Floating license the right one for you?
  • Multiple users have to work with the same software – but not simultaneously.
  • One user uses multiple workplaces, like a desktop computer at the office and a notebook on service calls.
  • There are more workplaces than are used simultaneously.

Automation License Manager

The Automation License Manager (ALM) makes managing all your licenses especially efficient, and as easy as pie. It reduces management effort and expense and provides transparency about the software you’re using, right down to the machine level.

Automation License Manager

  • Manage licenses locally or with server support
    You can use your licenses within the company network or locally

  • License overview
    ALM gives you a very convenient overview of all the licenses available

  • Get licenses online
    You can download licenses easily via drag & drop from the Siemens Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform

A tool for every task

Automation Licence Manager (ALM)

The Automation License Manager is an integral part of every SIMATIC software product, and provides a complete overview of all your available licenses. It makes it faster and easier than ever before to manage existing licenses and get new ones.

You can download SIMATIC software directly through the Automation License Manager. Transfer licenses directly by drag & drop from the Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform to your hard disk.



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