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Command-line activation of FotoWare applications using fwlicensetool


fwlicensetool is a command-line activation utility that can be used to manage the activation of all FotoWare applications via the command line. It can also be used when software deployment requires scripting of the activation sequence.

fwlicensetool replaces the older FotoWare Application Activation wizard (fwappactwiz). 

Where to get it?

You can find the utility in the FotoWare Customer Portal in Utilities in the Downloads section.

Look for the FotoWare License Tool in your list of installed applications.

How to start it?

  1. Once you have installed the utility, open the Windows Start menu and search for FotoWare License Tool.
  2. Select it in the Start menu to open a command prompt and display the utility help text.

Note: You need administrative privileges to run this utility. 


General syntax

fwlicensetool [options]


Flags Description
-?,  -h,  --help Display this help
-v,  --version Display version information
-a,  --activate <license> Activate a license key
-l,  --list List all licenses, pass optional "c" for compact list
-d,  --deactivate <Fulfillment ID | License key | "all"> Deactivate a license
-r,  --remove <Fulfillment ID | License key | "all"> Remove a license
--repair Repair broken licenses. Run the command without additional options to repair all broken licenses on the system
--renew Renew all licenses with less than 30 days to expiry. Note: This option only works if the agreement has been renewed and when the renewed agreement is using the same license keys. 
-p,  --proxy <proxyserver:port> Use HTTP proxy for activating or deactivating
-c, --credentials <username:password> Provide proxy credentials 
--oa,  --offline_activation <License key> Create an offline activation request file. See here.
--or,  --offline_response <Filename> Read and activate the offline activation response file. See here.
--vf,  --validate_feature <Feature> Check if a feature is valid. --version_date is also required
--vd,  --version_date <VersionDate> Specify version date corresponding to app release, <>. This argument is only used with --validate_feature
-i,  --installservice Install FlexNet license service (Windows only)
-u,  --uninstallservice Uninstall FlexNet license service (Windows only)
--ba,  --batch-activate <input file> Activate a batch of license keys from the text file. You can use any text file containing the licenses, for example, the .CSV file from the Customer Portal.


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 the following 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 and the command used to activate the offline response file in step 3 are shown in the Options table above.