ARCHICAD License Details

ARCHICAD License Types

  Commercial License

ARCHICAD International Commercial Single License and NET License- With a Full license you can use the fully functional GRAPHISOFT product with unlimited usage. You will be able to run older versions as well. To run the commercial license of ARCHICAD in full mode, you need either a hardware key (CodeMeter) or a software key.

ARCHICAD Licenses for Young Architects- Young Architect Program- The program YAP (Young Architect Program) is the small help from GRAPHISOFT to undergraduate or graduate students who are entering the world of work: for 3 years from the date of diploma or graduation.

ARCHICAD Rental Licenses- With the rental option you can buy a license for a certain time period (1, 3, 6 and 12 months). Within the purchased time period you can use ARCHICAD without any limitation e.g. running multiple sessions all day. The usage of this starts when you first start ARCHICAD using a rental license – so not on the day when you purchase it. When starting up ARCHICAD you will be prompted with a dialog stating the remaining days of your license availability.

ARCHICAD Start Edition Licenses- Based on the industry-leading Building Information Modeling technology of ARCHICAD 20, ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2017 has been tailored to the needs of smaller architectural practices. The feature set in STAR(T) Edition 2017 includes all the necessary tools to create a BIM that is data-rich and able to produce all floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views and details for a project. Now, serious workflow, productivity and documentation enhancements are also included within STAR(T) Edition 2017.

ARCHICAD License Upgrades- You Can Any time upgrade your Archicad License from old version to latest version of ARCHICAD.

Software Service Agreement- this comes along with the license and license upgrades. Benefits of SSA Free upgrade of the Product ArchiCAD to the latest version, LPM Insurance, Additional Products and other products to ArchiCAD at promotional terms and so on.

  Educational (EDU) License

Education version is a fully functional version that can be installed with a serial number. Registration: A serial number can be obtained by registering at The first step of registration gives you a personal temporary serial number and a download link. The process at this level is completely automatic, so you will receive your serial number and the link immediately after you register. This temporary serial number will give you 30-days usage.After your registration your given credentials go through an approval stage, where RIPL validates and approves your records local When the 1 year license expires you can renew it for free of charge.

  Trial License

A Trial License can be used to run a fully functional version for 30 days. The license works with a serial number that can be obtained with a simple registration.

Registration: A serial number can be obtained by registering at

File Format and Compatibility: Files written by the trial version are encrypted and can only be opened on the computer where they were created. After the 30 days period the save function is disabled, but it is still possible to print. The files can be converted to full files by purchasing a commercial license and opening with the protection key on the computer they were written.

As trial files can only be opened on the same machine where they were saved TeamWork functionality is available – but limited.