FlexNet Licensing

Launch new business models. Protect your IP. Reduce the risk of revenue loss.

FlexNet Licensing

Launch new business models. Protect your IP. Reduce the risk of revenue loss.

FlexNet Licensing supports the widest range of monetization models in the industry, including: node locked, floating, named-user, subscription, capacity, metered, pay-for-use, pay-for-overage, time-limited and many more. It works across all platforms, standalone, as an SDK built into your application technology, or as a flexible web services framework. FlexNet Licensing enables you to easily configure your compliance model. You can implement anything from strict enforcement to trust-but-verify programs. FlexNet Licensing makes it very easy to define features, packages, bundles and suites. In fact, you can:

  • React to customer’s needs and create different product options
  • Switch features on and off electronically
  • Change pricing and licensing options quickly to match market demand
  • Differentiate your products through efficient licensing technology

FlexNet Licensing enables usage-based monetization or compliance models. You gain insight on what products and features customers are using and to what extent. Armed with this valuable insight, you can implement usage-based monetization models, detect overuse, manage compliance and gather actual user data to guide future product development.

FlexNet Licensing protects your products against revenue loss by ensuring only licensed and credentialed users can access your products. You can implement and enforce your software licensing terms without impacting usability and customer satisfaction. 

FlexNet Licensing provides multiple layers of application protection. You can add tamper-resistance to your code, install safeguards against  unauthorized access to your software, use secure activation mechanisms, detect hacking and overuse and react accordingly. 

Revenera has collaborated with cloud and virtualization platform providers to provide the richest set of licensing capabilities in these environments. FlexNet Licensing detects virtual machine cloning and will react as defined in your compliance model (deny or report). 

With activation processes, you can not only protect your applications but also establish a direct connection to your product’s users. Device manufacturers in the Internet of Things make a direct connection to their end users and can ensure that only original devices can be activated, which stops grey market abuse. 


  • Grow revenue when you support the full software monetization spectrum—from strict enforcement to usage-based trust-but-verify
  • Protect and monetize all your IP— cloud, SaaS, virtualized, on-premises and embedded— without negatively impacting usability
  • Change pricing and licensing terms quickly to match market demand
  • Improve the customer experience when you make it easy for customers to activate and manage features
Diagram showing how Revenera's software licensing solutions integrate into your product line.

FlexNet Licensing provides options all deployment options – on-premises, embedded, SaaS and Cloud


FlexNet Embedded

Benefit from Revenera’s flexible software licensing solutions with support for all platforms and monetization models. FlexNet Embedded is a small footprint SDK that works with software applications – on-premises, cloud, virtualized or mobile – as well as with embedded software on devices.

  • Implement all modern monetization models out-of-the-box for packaged, embedded and cloud software.
  • Provide in-product and volume license activation support.
  • Protect software with tamper-resistant application technology (code obfuscation and sophisticated identification of unauthorized use).
  • Broad platform support for a wide range of operating systems, including embedded and mobile.
  • Detect virtual machine cloning and manage compliance according to your policies.
  • Detect if your applications are running in Docker containers, and support concurrent and consumption-based licensing models in container environments.

FlexNet Publisher

FlexNet Publisher is the de facto standard in software licensing solutions, used by thousands of publishers to license and protect their applications. It supports a variety of software monetization models, captures usage, and offers advanced protection like tamper-resistance.

  • Manage all license models out-of-the-box, including pay-for-overage support.
  • Provide efficient in-product and volume license activation support.
  • Prevent unauthorized copying and piracy.
  • Support flexible machine fingerprinting.
  • Support a wide variety of platforms including all major operating systems and virtualization technologies.

Cloud Monetization API

The Cloud Monetization API provides access to FlexNet Embedded capabilities in use cases where an SDK is not the preferred implementation:

  • Small-footprint IoT devices that can’t accommodate an SDK and already use JSON/REST for other functions
  • Security requirements that restrict the use of third-party software on a device
  • SaaS implementations where the underlying hardware is trusted and on-device security is not required
  • Quick deployment implementations prior to migrating to FlexNet Embedded SDKs with trusted storage
  • Situations requiring control on cryptographic libraries for regulatory reasons, such as FIPS compliance.

For these implementations, the Cloud Monetization API provides a standard web services framework to connect your application to FlexNet Operations.

FlexNet ID Dongle

Today’s state-of-the-art software-based licensing is the choice for most suppliers, offering more flexibility than any hardware-based approach.

However, dongles are still a solution for some use cases, providing software protection by limiting or locking software access to your system.

The FlexNet ID dongle works in conjunction with FlexNet Licensing (FlexNet Embedded or FlexNet Publisher) to enhance security as a form of hostid.

The dongle is a serialized hardware key that attaches to a parallel or USB port and is automatically supported as a valid hostid by any FlexNet Licensing-enabled application.

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