Autodesk Licensing


Autodesk licenses are designed to make using our products easier, no matter what project you’re working on. Whether you’re in school, a small design team or a multi-national corporation; choosing the right license is an important step in getting the most out of our products. Take advantage of our free trial licenses, so you can see first-hand how our products can help you imagine, design and create a better world.

Learn more about all Autodesk licensing options below or if you need help with a license you’ve already purchased, contact us at +64 9 302 4028.


Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Named User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists


Autodesk Licensing Compliance

Visit license compliance to learn how to keep track of your software licenses, control and protect your software assets and avoid unnecessary noncompliance risks.

Named User Licenses

A named user is a person who has been assigned to a product or service by an administrator. The number of named users you can assign per product is determined by the total number of seats purchased for that product. Administrators assign named users to products and manage their permissions in Autodesk Account.

How named users access their products
Named users manage products and services in their own Autodesk Account. When an administrator assigns a user to a product, they receive a confirmation email explaining how to create their own account.

Note: The email address used to create a user account must be the same email address that the administrator used to assign access. 

Students & educators

Student and Educational licensing is available to help students build valuable workplace skills and to prepare them for rewarding careers in architecture, engineering, and the digital arts.


Student license

Students and faculty can download free* Autodesk software for personal educational purposes. Student licenses incorporate all the software functionality of our professional licenses, but include a print banner or watermark on output indicating the design was created using a student license version. Autodesk student licenses are available as Stand-Alone only and may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes, or for commercial or for-profit purposes.

For more information, visit our Education Community.


Educational (EDU) / Institution

Educational institutions, students and faculty can receive affordable pricing on a variety of Educational licensing options. Autodesk® Education Suites can be purchased as Stand-Alone, Multi-seat Stand-Alone or Network licenses and give academic institutions access to comprehensive software products and tools. Educational licenses cannot be used for commercial, professional or for-profit purposes.

For more information, visit our Educators page.


*Free Autodesk software is for personal use for education purposes and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies download of the software.

Autodesk Virtualisation Policy Update

Autodesk introduces a virtualisation right for certain offering types, and updating the documentation to clarify what is permitted, recommended, and supported when running Autodesk software in virtualised environments.

Here’s a summary of what’s changing: 

  • Customers using products as individual users (i.e. subscriptions with single-user access, Enterprise Business Agreements) are permitted to virtualise, based on new terms and conditions contained in Autodesk Terms of Use or other applicable terms governing access and use of products
  • If authorised under these new terms, customers should follow documented System Requirements (available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network) to see if a virtual set up is recommended for their product
  • If a customer follows the recommended system requirements and has a technical issue with Autodesk software in their virtual environment, Autodesk will ask you to replicate it in a physical environment in order to help if it cannot be replicated, the customers’ virtualisation provider is best equipped to solve the issue

How this change affects you? 

  • Customers with a subscription with single-user access
    Permitted to virtualise subscription software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is assigned to me by my administrator, and I can use it on my virtual desktop, no matter which physical device I’m using to access my virtual desktop.
  • Customers with a subscription with multi-user access
    Not permitted to virtualise subscription software. These customers are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is shared between me and other users, and I can only use it on the physical device I have it checked out on. The server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.
  • Customers who have a maintenance plan
    Not permitted to virtualise. Switch to subscription with single-user access to virtualise subscription software. For customers with network/multi-user licenses on maintenance, they are allowed to host or virtualise their Network/Multi-User License Servers off-premises – learn more.
    Example: AutoCAD is installed as a perpetual license on my physical device, and cannot be run on different virtual desktop. For network licenses, the server I’m checking out from can be virtualised locally or with a 3rd party cloud provider.
  • Customers on Token Flex Enterprise Business Agreements
    Permitted to virtualise Autodesk software, under the recommended System Requirements.
    Example: AutoCAD is burning tokens when I use it each day, and my administrator can see my token usage across any device I’m working on, physical or virtual.