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AR# 61661

Licensing - Can Certificate based licenses and Activation based licenses be used together?


Can Certificate and Activation based licenses be used together?

For Example:

A company wants to use both ISE and Vivado for different projects. 

They have a certificate based license for ISE.

When they purchased a Vivado license in 2014, they received an activation based license for Vivado. 

Can these licenses be used on the same machine?

Can the two types of licenses be served from the same server?


Yes, activation and certificate based licenses will work together, on or from, the same machine.  

Both license types are created and administered using FlexLM licensing.

Beginning in June 2014, a new Vivado edition license purchase will grant the user two license entitlements.

  • One is a certificate based license to use with ISE 14.7 and earlier versions.
  • The other is an Activation based license for Vivado tools.

See the Activation Licensing Transition section (page 34 in the 2014.2 edition) of the Release notes, License and Install guide for further information. 


AR# 61661
Date Created 07/31/2014
Last Updated 08/25/2014
Status Active
Type General Article
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