When launching Substance Painter 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 license file based on your hardware which will be valid for the next 30 days.
- Activate using licence file: If you 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 a password to be able to automatically retrieve a license file.
It is possible to manually activate Substance Painter by putting the license.key file in the following folder:
Windows : C:/ProgramData/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
MacOS : /Library/Application Support/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
Linux : /opt/Allegorithmic/etc/Substance Painter/license.key
Make sure that the file is called license.key
The license location can be changed from its default to a custom one by defining an environment variable. See Environment Variables.