CodeMeter License Management


All Softdrill NL software is protected against software piracy by the CodeMeter License Management system.  The CodeMeter License Manager software is installed automatically when one of the Softdrill NL programs is installed.  This is not the case if a valid installation of CodeMeter is detected on the computer.

The CodeMeter License Manager software is installed as an intermediate layer between the Softdrill NL software and the CodeMeter license key provided when you purchase the software.  The software does not communicate directly with the license key but rather with the CodeMeter License Manager.  The CodeMeter License Manager searches for the presence of a license key containing a valid license of the software and communicates the result back to the software.  Depending on the result, the software is allowed to run or will terminate execution.

Schematically this can be depicted as shown below.

Network licenses

CodeMeter License Keys – both hardware and software – can be programmed to contain multiple licenses.  The CodeMeter License Manager can be configured to search for license keys on the network.  This makes it possible to share licenses within a network.  If you are interested in setting up network licenses, you may indicate this when submitting a Pricing Request or contact us for further information.

Updating license keys

CodeMeter license keys can contain licenses for multiple programs.  Normally there is no need to update the license key unless licenses need to be added or rental licenses need to be extended.  Further information can be found here.

Selecting the right license key


When ordering one or more software licenses, you will need to decide whether you want to use a hardware (USB dongle) or software license key.  The type of key has no effect on the software, but each type has it’s advantages and disadvantages.  These have summarized in the table below which may be useful for selecting the right key for your work environment and preferences.



Hardware Key Software Key
The license is held on a USB dongle and can easily be transferred between computers. The license key is bound to a computer and cannot be transferred to another computer.
The USB key may get lost, stolen or become damaged. No loose USB key that may get lost, stolen or become damaged.
Ideal for use in the field. Ideal for office environments.