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AutoCAD License Types

There are many ways to purchase your seat of AutoCAD. The license you buy plays an important role in how you can use the license, the flexibility with which you can transfer licenses between workstations, the method of deployment, and whether usage tracking is possible. The following table from the Autodesk website summarizes the three license types and their distinct benefits.

Click on the link to go to the Adesk site to see more info on each type.


Type Usage Flexibility Usage Tracking Control
Individual Stand-Alone License [1] One license and one serial number installed on one computer One license to one computer


Per individual
Multi-seat Stand-Alone License [2] Multiple licenses tied to one serial number for products installed on multiple computers One serial number for licenses on many computers; preallocated usage


By deployment
Network License [3] Multiple licenses tied to one serial number and dynamically allocated to multiple computers One license for many computers; dynamic license pool; license borrowing for remote use


By deployment

Multi-seat Stand-Alone licensing and Network licensing appear to be the best way to approach firmwide installs.

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11 Comments To "AutoCAD License Types"

#1 Comment By Gabriel Sosa On March 10, 2008 @ 6:36 AM

I need to a purchase AutoCad 2008 license for 50 users can you please assist me with which license type fit my demand

#2 Comment By CADDManager On March 10, 2008 @ 8:12 AM

This is not an easy answer. It depends on your environment.

I recommend Network Licensing. It is not that hard to set up and control. It allows you to install more than 50 seats and share them between 50 concurrent users (which means that only 50 users max can access the software).

There is a price increase to do this. It cost more to buy network copies.

#3 Comment By Leon Contreras On September 16, 2009 @ 6:29 AM

I have a stand alone license of autocad lt 2009. Can I purchase another license online and use the same CD to install it onto another computer?

#4 Comment By CADDManager On September 19, 2009 @ 7:56 PM


You should contact a reseller in your area about this.

#5 Comment By Bob On November 2, 2009 @ 3:58 AM

I have AutoCAD 2006 installed on a standalone system, can the license be “borrowed” so I can install it and work from home?

#6 Comment By mohd On January 2, 2012 @ 12:15 AM


i need license for 13user, i am not sure what license type is the suitable for me but 13 users are working on stand alone systems and they are concurrent users.
i need to know where from to buy these licenses and the price for each type as well if possible.

thank you

#7 Comment By Chau On February 25, 2012 @ 10:14 PM


I’m looking to buy a copy of autocad program from autodesk. What exactly do i need to know? because i look online the price is a lot cheaper than from Autodesk. I just want to make sure i buy the right and legal/license copy.

Thank you

#8 Comment By CADDManager On February 27, 2012 @ 8:38 AM


Autodesk only sells licenses to use their software either via local resellers, the Autodesk online store or sometimes LT via retail outlets. Any purchases other than via these outlets are usually illegal.


#9 Comment By Jud On September 25, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

i was wondering about the student licenses. is it still free when you update the license after the three years are up?

#10 Comment By MAK On December 21, 2012 @ 3:35 AM

i need to buy autocad for 6 users……what shld i do
plzzz assist me wid the cost nd process……….

#11 Comment By CADDManager On December 21, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

Contact a reseller in your area. Autodesk sells via resellers.