License Activation

When launching Substance Painter for the first time, you will encounter the activation wizard (even when running the trial version). This page describes how to activate the software or how to install a license file.

Activating Substance Painter

Wizard activation

Three 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.
To install the license file during the wizard process, make sure you are running the software as an administrator and to temporary disable your anti-virus.

Manual activation

It is possible to manually activate Substance Painter by putting the license.key file in the following folder: 

  • C:/Users/username/AppData/Local/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
  • C:/ProgramData/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key (Legacy)
  • $HOME/Library/Application Support/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
  • /Library/Application Support/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key (Legacy)
  • $HOME/.local/share/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
  • /opt/Allegorithmic/etc/Substance Painter/license.key (Legacy)

Make sure that the file is called license.key

Environment variable

The license location can be changed from its default to a custom one by defining an environment variable. See Environment Variables.

Advanced configuration and installation