Managing ActivePDF Licenses

Information for installing licenses and extension keys.

License types

  • Perpetual license

    You can run a product build number up to the build number attached to the serial number. Installing a build version greater than the “valid through” build number requires an extension key or a new serial number.

  • Term-limited license

    You can run any build through the date attached to the serial number. Installing after the “valid through” date requires either the entry of an extension key or a new serial number.

To enter your license key

  1. Obtain your serial number, verification data, and/or extension key from your product order.
  2. Download your purchased product from
  3. Run the product .exe installer.
  4. Enter your serial number when prompted.
  5. Activate your license using one of the following methods.
    Note: Some license types do not require Activation but do require ‘Verification Data’ entry.
    • Via the Internet–Activates using your Internet connection.
    • Manual method–Includes the following activation methods:
      • Web-based activation–Activate using a URL.
      • Email activation–Email to obtain an activation code
      • Telephone activation–Call to obtain an activation code
  6. Follow the screen prompts.

Product-specific installation instructions

You can find the installation instructions in the online Quick Start Guide for your ActivePDF product.
Links to all product manuals can be found at:

Quick links to installation instructions:

To add extension keys

An extension key is used to increase the build date of a perpetual license or the time period of a term-limited license.

  1. Select Start > All Programs > ActivePDF License Manager > ActivePDF License Manager.
  2. Click Add, and then select Extension Key.
  3. Enter the Extension Key from your product order.

To convert an evaluation license to a production license

The best practice is to remove the evaluation key prior to installing the product key.

  1. Select Start > All Programs > ActivePDF License Manager > ActivePDF License Manager.
  2. Select the evaluation key.
  3. Select “Remove”.
  4. Select Add… serial number.
  5. Enter your serial number.

To build a Licensed Installer

Some licenses allow you to build a custom installer that has the license information embedded within the installer.

  1. Sign In and download the License Manager (found on the main downloads page under "Utilities"):
  2. Copy both the installer and the License Manager to the desktop (must be from the desktop).
  3. Open the License Manager and enter in your Serial Number and Verification Data.
  4. Select the newly entered license.
  5. A "Build" button appears if your license supports this option.
  6. Select the "Build" button and a new dialogue box will appear.
  7. Click on the "Browse" button for the first box and browse to the installer on your desktop.
  8. In the second box enter the filename ("NewInstaller.exe").
  9. Check the boxes for either of the additional options if desired.
  10. Click the "Build" button to build the new installer (it will be created on your desktop).

You may now distribute the NewInstaller.exe per your license agreement.