Activate/Evaluate Substance Designer


When launching Substance Designer for the first time, you will encounter the activation wizard (even if you are running the trial version).

3 choices are available:

  • Evaluate this product: this will generate a licence file based on your hardware which will be valid for the next 30 days.
  • Activate using licence file: if you have downloaded a *.key license file from your account page on our website, you will be able to load it in the next step
  • Activate using your account: if you choose this option, the next step will ask for a login and password in order to be able to automatically retrieve a license file.


Make sure you are running the software as an administrator, and to disable your antivirus.


Manual Activation

It is possible to manually activate Substance Designer by placing the license.key file in this folder: C:/Program Data/Allegorithmic/Substance Designer/license.key

Make sure that the file is called license.key


Environment Variable

The license location can be changed from its default to a custom location by defining an environment variable.This variable must be a direct path to the file itself.

The environment variable is: SUBSTANCE_DESIGNER_LICENSE