New Licensing FAQ
This Help article groups the FAQ related to our new Download
& Licensing system starting with IDL 8.6 and ENVI 5.4
What is the
new licensing system?
What will it
change for my existing licenses?
What are the
requirements of the new licensing system?
What is the
workflow for the new licensing system?
What is the Harris License Administrator tool and how to use it?
Is the new
licensing system compatible with the previous one?
download a product with the new system?
license a product with the new system?
How to setup
a license server?
connect a client machine to a license server?
How to check
which products are licensed on my machine?
re-host/transfer a license to a new machine using the new licensing system?
What to do if
my machine is not connected to the network?
Can we borrow
a license in the new system?
Can we create
an option file for a license server in the new system?
How do I manage
my contract & licenses as a License administrator in the new system?
Who should I
contact if I need help with the new licensing system?
What is the new licensing
The release of ENVI 5.4 and IDL 8.6 introduces a new & modern
license management technology that simplifies the software license workflow.
Harris Download and License Center
is the new portal where
you download your new ENVI and IDL software and manage your licenses:
Once you complete the software installation, you
are prompted to activate the software so you can use it immediately. You will no longer need to supply a host ID and wait for a license file from Technical
The new portal provides access to the portal 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
to manage, activate & deactivate your licenses.
What will it change for my
With new licensing, the user chooses whether to activate the
license as a
Server licenses require the use of new license server software that is available with
the download files. (
The license server binaries are no longer included in the
product download by default)
The new licensing system is also not dependent on a single OS platform: each
license can be activated on supported Windows, Mac, or Linux machines.
The new license technology is based on a
concurrent instance license
. It is no longer
based on tokens. The specific quantity of concurrent instances of the
software you can launch depends on the software products and modules that you
have purchased as well as the activation mode you decide to use.
2 concurrent sessions can be
started with a node-locked license and 1 with a server license
4 concurrent sessions
can be started with a node-locked license and 1 with a server
What are the requirements of the new licensing
What is the workflow for the new licensing system?
If you are registe#c8102e as a license administrator of Harris
You will receive an initial Welcome email asking you to login and create a password on the Harris Download and License Center
. Note that this portal is different from the previous web licensing portal so you would need to create a new account even if you already have a working web account on the current Harris website and licensing portal.
You will also receive a second email, called an Order email, that includes the activation code(s) corresponding to your licenses: these are the codes you will use to activate/license the software after installation.
On the Download and License Center portal
, you will navigate to the download file section, select the appropriate software version links, download and install the software. If you plan to install a license server you would also need to download and install the license server separately.
At the end of the software installation, you will be prompted to run the Harris License Administrator to license the software. Follow the licensing instructions and supply your activation code(s) from the Order email. The software is now licensed for use.
If needed, license administrators can access additional information for installation and licensing on the download and license center.
If you are a user (not Administrator) of Harris licenses
You will need to contact your license administrator to request
the activation code(s) as well as the installation package and instructions.
What is the Harris License Administrator tool and how to use it?
The license administrator Tool is a GUI to help you activate/deactivate/manage your licenses.
To open the Harris License Administrator tool, use one of the following:
- Windows: From the Start menu, select Tools > Harris License Administrator under the shortcut group for your product installation. Administrator privileges are requi#c8102e.
- Linux: From a terminal window, launch the
harrislicense command from the
directory. Sudo or root permissions are requi#c8102e.
- Mac: From a Finder window, double-click the
LicenseAdminstrator.app icon located under the
INSTALL_DIR/envixx/idlxx directory. Administrator privileges are requi#c8102e.
For a step by step description of this process click here
Is the new licensing system compatible with the
Prior versions of ENVI and IDL (IDL 8.5 and ENVI 5.3 and earlier) will continue to work with their existing license system (i.e. a license.dat file).
Previous and new versions of the software can coexist as well as the 2 licensing systems which means you can keep your current license.dat file even if you activate your licenses for the new version of the software.
License server for previous versions can also coexist with the new server for the new versions of the software.
New license activation codes however are not backwardly compatible with current prior versions of ENVI and IDL.
How to download a product with the new system?
Note: The download pages on the Harris Geospatial website will no longer be available. To request a software version prior to IDL 8.6 and ENVI 5.4, please contact Technical Support.
As a license
Download the software from the Download and
Licensing Center using your web account.
administrators will need
to store and share the installer internally on a non public server for end-users.
As a license user:
license administrator to download the product from a sha#c8102e location.
How to license a product with the new system?
As a license administrator:
Use the activation codes you received by email to activate the licenses on each machine: the Administrator will need to run the activation process from each end user machine, with an internet connection.
Share the activation codes with the end users so they can run the activation by themselves, from their machine with an internet connection (recommended).
As a license user:
license administrator to obtain the activation codes for your product(s).
How to setup a license server?
A served license requires a separate download and installation
of the license server binaries. The link below points to the license server
Installation and Licensing instructions for Windows and Linux (MAC servers are
How to connect a client machine to a license
The configuration of the client machine to point to a license
server can be done from the Harris License Administrator tool by using the
option Use License Server. For
detailed instructions see the links under setting up a license server as they contain detailed instructions on connecting as well.
As a convenience, the following help article summarizes only the information for connecting or disconnecting a client machine to a license server:
How to check which
products are licensed o
n my machine?
Users can easily check the list of activated products including
the name of the product as well as the activation code(s) from the Harris License
Administrator tool using the View Licenses option. The
checkbox lists the feature name, version, expiration date, number of available and used licenses for each
Additional online documentation is available to license administrators on the D&LC.
How to re-host/transfer a
license to a new machine using the new licensing system?
Each license user can easily activate and return/deactivate a
license from the Harris Licensing
Administrator tool available with the software, assuming the
license(s) are current on maintenance. Returning/Deactivating a license will return
it to the licensing pool so it can be reactivated on a different machine. This
is equivalent to the current rehosting/license
After a deactivation, the returned license can be reactivated as a
fixed or served license, on any type of supported platform (Win, Mac, Linux).
What to do if my machine
is not connected to the network?
If you do not have internet access at all and are on a "dark machine", please
contact Technical Support to activate your license.
Can we borrow a license in
the new system?
There is an option to Borrow licenses (for a
duration of 7 days) from a license server. It is available in the Harris License Administrator
tool as well as from the command line. Detailed instructions can be obtained by the license administrator on the D&LC.
If you need to borrow a
license for a longer period, you can return/deactivate a seat of the served
license and reactivate it as a node-locked license on the appropriate machine.
Can we create an option
file for a license server in the new system?
The option to reserve
some licenses on a server for specific use is not yet available. It should be developed
in a future version.
need to reserve some licenses for specific use, consider activating a
pool of licenses on different servers or activate some licenses as node-locked
instead of server-based as needed.
How do I manage my contract
& licenses as a License administrator in the new system?
You can find more information about the options available for
license administrators in the
Download and License Center
in the following link:
Who should I contact if I
need help with the new licensing system?
You can contact your local technical support team for any questions
with the new download and licensing system: