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Perpetual License Changes

Updated On: May 24, 2016

The changes we're making

We are evolving our business so that our customers can thrive in theirs, providing them the flexibility to subscribe to software solutions tailored to fit their needs as they approach the future of making things.

In order to do so, we will gradually stop selling perpetual licenses of most products, and offering software solutions as subscriptions.

Last day to purchase a NEW perpetual license for:

Autodesk Design & Creation Suites and additional individual desktop software products*: July 31, 2016
* See questions 1.3 and 1.4 for detailed information on products affected

Top 3 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses?


Can I continue to use and renew my maintenance plan for my existing perpetual license?


How will I be able to purchase products after the end of sale of perpetual licenses?

Via a subscription

Our commitment to you

Throughout this period, Autodesk and our reseller partners will work with our customers to make this transition from perpetual licenses to subscription as smooth as possible, and to address exceptional situations accordingly. We will provide as much advance notice as we can so that people can anticipate and plan for these changes.

Please refer to the Questions & Answers section below for more detailed information. We will update this Q&A as we progress through the transition.

1. Overview

1.1 What is changing?

Autodesk will stop selling perpetual licenses of most Autodesk Design & Creation Suites and individual products. The purchase of new licenses for individual products will be available only by subscription; and the purchase of new Autodesk Design & Creation Suites subscriptions will available through July 31, 2016. For more information on the end-of sale of the Design & Creation Suites, visit www.autodesk.com/suites. In addition, the option to cross grade to any of the affected products will be discontinued when we stop selling new perpetual licenses.

Autodesk has introduced an intuitive new language that will drive clarity and simplicity in our subscription offerings. Essentially, we’ve done away with subscription branding in order to make it easier for you to choose and purchase the software solutions that best fit your business needs.

Subscription-based offerings

The tables below outline the current subscription terminology for:

Formally known as:

Now referred to as:

Desktop Subscription or Cloud Service Subscription

a subscription with single-user access

“network subscription”

a subscription with multi-user access

Offering available for a Perpetual License

Formally known as:

Now referred to as:

Maintenance Subscription

a maintenance plan

1.2 Who is impacted by these changes?

Any company or individual who wishes to purchase NEW software licenses of the products referenced in Questions 1.3 and 1.4 after the dates noted.

If you currently have a maintenance plan, see section 3 for details on licenses, benefits and purchasing options. If you are on an Autodesk Enterprise Business Agreement or a customer who is unable to utilize electronic delivery or web-accessed software, please refer to section 4.

1.3 Which products are affected?

Autodesk plans to discontinue the sale of new perpetual licenses for many desktop products in all countries globally.*

Perpetual licenses of the Design & Creation suite and additional individual products, will be sold through July 31, 2016.

View a list of the products affected

For a list of affected products and suites, visit the Perpetual License Changes site.

* This transition has started or will start earlier in select regions. See question 1.4 for more details.

1.4 Is this a global change?

Yes, the end-of-sale of perpetual licensing goes into effect globally. However, there are some regions where this transition has already started or will start earlier to provide valuable insight to Autodesk to help make your transition smoother.


In Brazil, the last day to purchase a new perpetual license for most individual desktop software products and Autodesk Design & Creation Suites was January 31, 2016. Learn about changes taking place in Brazil.

1.5 Why is Autodesk discontinuing some perpetual licenses?

With this change, Autodesk is continuing its transition to subscription-based products, which offer customers a lower entry price, greater choice of tools, and the ability to pay-as-you-go. With its shift away from selling perpetual rights to using a specific version of software, Autodesk plans to continually innovate and improve its products & services, more tightly integrate them with cloud services, allow access from multiple devices at any time, make them easier to deploy and manage, and reduce file compatibility issues.

1.6 Does this affect existing software purchased under a perpetual license?

No, existing or new perpetual licenses are still valid. You retain your perpetual software license and can continue to use it in accordance with your perpetual license agreement. If the software product is covered by a maintenance plan, you will also continue to receive maintenance benefits.

1.7 How will this change impact me if I’m on a maintenance plan?

If you are currently on a maintenance plan you will retain the option to renew your maintenance plans for the affected products and receive corresponding benefits for as long as you want. The end-of-sale of perpetual licenses only impacts the ability to purchase new perpetual licenses.

1.8 How will Autodesk ease this transition for me?

Autodesk is doing several things to make the transition to subscription-based solutions as smooth as possible for you, including:

  • Providing the time needed to assess options and make plans by providing as much advance notice of changes to come as possible.
  • Customers can continue to renew their maintenance plans for as long as they want and receive/access maintenance benefits.
  • Autodesk Account will provide a single place to manage all of your products, subscriptions, and services.
  • Providing the ability to lock in your subscription rate with the option of multi-year term lengths.
1.9 Are there any changes to cloud-based services?

Separately purchased cloud-based offerings, such as BIM 360, PLM 360 and Fusion 360, are not impacted. Cloud services that are included as a benefit of your maintenance plan or subscription will continue to be included in those offerings.

1.10 Will I be able to purchase a network activation for existing perpetual licenses after Autodesk stops selling perpetual licenses?

No, you will no longer be able to convert a standalone perpetual license to a shared network license for any perpetual licenses which will no longer be sold. If you need new or additional shared network licenses, you can purchase a subscription with multi-user access for additional network licenses for individual products or our new Industry Collections (available August 1, 2016).

2. Subscribing to Autodesk Products & Services

2.1 What do I get when I subscribe to Autodesk products or services?

A subscription grants you the right to use Autodesk software for a specified period of time with the option to renew your subscription. When subscribing, you get access to Autodesk software—the same full version as with a perpetual license—but with a flexible, pay-as-you-go approach for a software budget that’s easier to manage. Learn more: www.autodesk.com/subscription

2.2. Does my subscription use the cloud to store applications and data?

Desktop software applications on subscription, as well as associated user data, continue to be stored on your local machine. Cloud service applications, are run off of the cloud; where you store your data, on the cloud or your local machine, is up to you.

2.3 What are the key features and benefits of subscription?

When subscribing, you get greater flexibility by being able to install/use the software on multiple devices. Additionally, subscribers will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the latest software and enhancements
  • Previous Version Rights
  • Global Travel Rights
  • Support
  • Access to the same cloud services as your perpetual network licenses on maintenance
2.4 What licensing options are currently available to me?

Autodesk offers the following options, allowing you to choose which best fits your needs.

Single-user Access (formerly Desktop Subscription)
Licenses that are assigned
to a single user and cannot be shared

Multi-user Access (formerly network subscription)
Licenses that can be shared
on a network server

Recommended for:



Shared License



2.5 Are there any differences between the options for single-user and multi-user access?

Single-user and multi-user access are similar with the exception of the following:

Single-user Access

Multi-user Access

License can be shared



Available for the following products

Autodesk Design & Creation Suites
Individual Autodesk Products
Cloud Services

Individual Autodesk Products

Requires connection to the Internet at least once every 30 days for license validation



Ability to travel and use licenses globally (i.e. outside territory of purchase when purchased in home country.) If purchased outside home country, can only be used in the country of purchase.

Ability to travel and use licenses globally (i.e. outside territory of purchase) for up to 90 days in any 12-month period during a contract term

Term Length Options

Multi-year (2 or 3 year)

Multi-year (2 or 3year)

Available on the Autodesk online store


Contact an Authorized Autodesk Reseller or Autodesk directly

2.6 Will Autodesk support previous version rights for products on subscription?

If you have an active subscription, you may have access to previous version licenses of eligible Autodesk software. For more details, please reference Autodesk Subscription Previous Version Rights Eligibility on the Autodesk Knowledge Network.

2.7 Will subscription be available for Education or Government customers?

For details on availability, please contact your Authorized Autodesk Reseller or Autodesk Sales Representative.

3. Maintenance Plans

3.1 What is a maintenance plan?

A maintenance plan ensures a perpetual license holder receives benefits such as access to the latest software and product enhancements, technical support and in some cases, access to select cloud services while they keep their plan current. A maintenance plan agreement must be applied to a separately purchased perpetual license.

3.2 What happens if I currently have a maintenance plan?

If you currently have a maintenance plan, you will continue enjoying the benefits of maintenance as long as you continue to renew. Autodesk has no plans to stop offering the option to renew maintenance plans; you can renew for as long as you want. For the products listed in Question 1.3 above, it is important to renew your maintenance plan on time to continue to access the benefits.

3.3 What happens if my maintenance plan expires?

If the maintenance plan for your perpetual product is not renewed on time, you will then have to subscribe to the product if you would like to get the latest features and benefits.

3.4 How long can I remain on my maintenance plan?

While Autodesk is announcing our plans to discontinue the sale of new perpetual licenses, we are not eliminating maintenance plans. If you are currently on a maintenance plan, you may continue to renew that plan for as long as you want.

3.5 Will I be able to add additional perpetual licenses to my maintenance plan?

No. Once Autodesk discontinues the sale of perpetual licenses for a product, you will only be able to renew your maintenance plans for previously purchased perpetual licenses. No new perpetual licenses may be added to new or existing maintenance plans after we have discontinued the sale of perpetual licenses for that product. You may subscribe to additional products for more licenses at a term length that best fits your needs.

3.6 What happens if I choose to discontinue my maintenance plan?

If your maintenance plan expires you can continue using your perpetual licenses. However, you will lose maintenance benefits such as updates, technical product support, flexible license rights, and access to select cloud services. If a maintenance plan is not renewed, you will be able to get the latest features and functionality by subscribing to a product.

3.7 What multi-year options will be available for maintenance plans?

Autodesk will continue to provide multi-year options for maintenance plans allowing you to continue to have access to the most up-to-date software, while locking in the price for the length of your contract.

4. Enterprise Business Agreements

4.1 How will this change impact Enterprise Business Agreement customers in the near term?

Customers who currently have an Enterprise Business Agreement with Autodesk for the Enterprise Flex, Multi-Flex or Token Flex Offerings will see no immediate change to the terms or benefits of their agreements.

4.2 What will happen to customers with Enterprise Business Agreements that include perpetual rights to their software when the agreement ends?

Customers with an Enterprise Business Agreement that includes perpetual rights to their software may exercise their rights to receive those perpetual licenses at the end of their agreement, or they may choose to renew those perpetual licenses under a maintenance plan at that time.

4.3 Will customers with an Enterprise Business Agreement be able to add new perpetual licenses to their agreement?

Customers with an active Enterprise Business Agreement prior to July 31, 2016, should refer to the terms of their agreement to determine access to additional perpetual licenses.

4.4 Will the currently available Enterprise licensing models (i.e., Autodesk Multi-Flex, Autodesk Enterprise Token Flex) still be available when new sales of perpetual licenses end?

Autodesk’s currently available enterprise licensing model options will continue to be available for the immediate future. Autodesk Multi-Flex and Autodesk Enterprise Token Flex licensing models will continue to be available for purchase for customers considering a new Enterprise Business Agreement.

4.5 Where can Enterprise customers get more information?

Customers with an Enterprise Business Agreement should speak directly with their Autodesk Account Executive for more information about the perpetual license transition and how it will affect them.

5. General Questions

5.1 How will this change affect customers who are unable to utilize electronic delivery or web-accessed software?

Autodesk is committed to finding solutions that will ease the transition to subscription-based models. Throughout this transition, we will work with our reseller partners and customers to ensure that these changes do not prevent the purchase and use of Autodesk software. For customers that require use of software that is not connected to the Internet, a subscription to an individual product or an Industry Collection (available August 1, 2016) with multi-user access may be an option.

5.2 How will these changes affect Education customers?

The discontinuation of new perpetual licenses does not impact Education customers. Qualified academic institutions, students and educators will continue to have free access to Educational Licenses. For more information, please visit http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/all

If you still have questions after reading the above information, please visit our Perpetual License Changes Forum to ask questions or review answers we have given to other visitors.