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Activating FotoStation for Mac using the Terminal utility

​About the FotoWare license tool

When rolling out a number of FotoStation in a network environment it will often be useful to automate the activation of the license on each computer using a logon script. This can be done by creating a logon script that runs on every computer where FotoStation has been installed.

​FotoStation includes an executable file that can be run in a logon script with additional parameters to activate and deactivate the software, to repair an activation, and to dump activation information to a text file.

This executable file is located in the FotoStation app bundle, located in /Applications/FotoStation

When scripting installation of FotoStation, the license tool can be run to perform a regular online activation of a volume product key. 

The utility can also be used to troubleshoot activation problems, as the parameters below illustrate.

Learn more about FotoStation deployment on Mac.


General syntax

./fwlicensetool [options]


Flags Description
-?,  -h,  --help Displays help text with all possible options
-v,  --version Displays the current version of the utility
-a,  --activate <license> Activate a license key
-l,  --list List all activated licenses 
-d,  --deactivate <Fulfillment ID | License key> Deactivate a license
-r,  --remove <Fulfillment ID | License key | "all"> Remove a license
--repair Repair a BROKEN license. Simply run command without additional options to repair all broken licenses on the system
-p,  --proxy <proxyserver:port> Use HTTP proxy server during activation or deactivation
-c, --credentials <username:password> Provide proxy credentials (Currently Mac only)
--oa,  --offline_activation <License key> Create an offline activation request file*
--or,  --offline_response <Filename> Read and activate the offline activation response file*
-i,  --installservice Install FlexNET license service (Windows only)
-u,  --uninstallservice Uninstall FlexNET license service (Windows only)


Offline activation notes

Offline activation is used when the computer where the FotoWare software is activated does not have a working Internet connection.

An offline activation consists of these steps:

  1. Generating an offline activation request file on the computer that's intended to run the software.
  2. Uploading the activation request file to FotoWare: Go to (requires a FotoWare Customer Portal account) to upload the file.
  3. Using the response file received in the previous step to activate the software on the computer.

The command used to create the activation request file in step 2 above and the command to activate the offline response file in step 3 are shown in the table above.