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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 in situations where software deployment requires scripting of the activation sequence.

fwlicensetool replaces the older FotoWare Application Activation wizard (fwappactwiz) that is still bundled with some of FotoWare's on-premises software installers. For managing activations going forward, we recommend switching to the fwlicensetool utility described in this article. 

Where to get it?

You can find the utility in the FotoWare Customer Portal, under Utilities in the Downloads section (opens in new tab).

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

How to start it?

Once you have installed the utility, open the Windows Start menu and search for FotoWare License Tool.

Selecting it in the Start menu opens a command prompt and displays the utility help text.

Note: This utility must be run under administrative privileges. Make sure to elevate.


General syntax

fwlicensetool [options]


Flags Description
-?,  -h,  --help Displays this help
-v,  --version Displays 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. Simply run command without additional options to repair all broken licenses on the system
-p,  --proxy <proxyserver:port> Use HTTP proxy for activating or deactivating
-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.