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Licensing for subscriptions

Subscribing to Autodesk products allows you flexibility to choose the access type that works best for your business. We offer two types of access, single-user and multi-user, with their own associated license type.


  • Stand-alone licenses

    included in subscriptions with single-user access

    A subscription with single-user access is a good choice for organizations that need one or more stand-alone licenses. Stand-alone licenses are then assigned to individual users. These subscriptions cost less than subscriptions with multi-user access.

    You can sign in to your Autodesk account and download and install the software assigned to you on up to three of your devices. For example, you can use your Autodesk product on your work computer, on your personal computer at home, and on a third device.

    Users must connect to the internet every 30 days to validate their Autodesk ID, but with the exception of cloud-based services, the software works offline for up to 30 days.

  • Network licenses for multi-user access

    Network licenses

    included in subscriptions with multi-user access

    Starting August 7, 2020, we will stop selling new subscriptions with multi-user access. We will retire subscriptions with multi-user access on August 7, 2022, and they cannot be renewed after this date.

    If you have a subscription with multi-user access, we’ll help you transition to a plan for named users through new trade-in offers.

How to get Autodesk software

  • How to subscribe

    Autodesk offers software via subscription, with flexible term lengths from 1 month to 3 years. You can subscribe to software with single-user access online from Autodesk or through an Autodesk Reseller. You can subscribe to software with multi-user access only through an Autodesk Reseller.

  • Free trials

    For most of our products, we offer a free trial. A trial license lets you run a product in trial mode for a specified time period (usually 30 days).

  • Free software for students and educators

    Students, teachers, and academic institutions worldwide are eligible for free access to Autodesk software. Yes, free. We genuinely believe in education. 

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I renew my license?

    Get all the information you need to know to help you renew your Autodesk software—including your options to switch products and terms.

  • What happened to perpetual licenses?

    As of January 2016, Autodesk stopped selling new perpetual licenses. In May 2017, we stopped selling maintenance plans. All Autodesk software is available to buy as a subscription on a plan.

  • Can I switch to subscription from a maintenance plan?

    Yes! At time of renewal, you can switch to subscription, including switching to an industry collection.

  • How do I request a license to use software at home?

    If you are a subscriber with single-user access or have a maintenance plan for a stand-alone license, you can use your existing serial numbers or Autodesk ID to activate and access software on any device you choose, including home devices.

    If you are a subscriber with multi-user access or have a maintenance plan for a network license, you can request a companion license or borrow a license from the server for employees to activate and use software at home.

  • How do I download, install, and activate products?

    Downloading, installing, and activating your Autodesk software differ depending on your license type, product, and installation environment.

  • How do I manage my software?

    Autodesk Account is your home for everything Autodesk, where you can manage your profile, products, users, and payments.

  • How can I be sure my license is compliant?

    See how you can track your software licenses, control and protect your software assets, and avoid noncompliance risks.

  • Where do I find details on software license agreements and terms of use?

    For subscriptions purchased after May 18, 2018, see software license agreements and terms of use. For subscriptions purchased prior to May 18, 2018 and all maintenance plans, see software license agreements and terms of use.