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Authorize SketchUp with a Network License

Authorizing SketchUp as a User

You need to have Internet access to authorize SketchUp Pro 2015 or later. For you techie types, when you authorize SketchUp Pro, SketchUp communicates with the authorization server via the standard ports 80 en 443. If you have a proxy or firewall in place, please allow SketchUp Pro to communicate on those ports to the * .sketchup.com domain.

Authorizing SketchUp with a network license is no different than authorizing it with a single user license. Though a network license can be authorized the same way as a single-user license, there is one important caveat for successful use of the network license: Ports 5053 and 50530 must be open while actively using a network license. See your Network administrator if these ports are not open.

Authorizing SketchUp on a Network as an Administrator

If you're distributing SketchUp across a larger network, you may wish to use the MSI file) or to use a disk imaging package such as Norton Ghost or Deep Freeze. In the case of either distributed installation strategies, you can simplify the licensing process by including a file which will pre-populate the serial number and authorization code for users so they won’t need to type it in themselves, and SketchUp Pro will automatically attempt to authorize on the user's behalf.

To use this procedure:

  1. Ensure that SketchUp Pro 2015 or later is installed on all computers.
  2. Create a file named activation_info.txt. You will need to use a plain text editor, such as Notepad(Microsoft Windows) or TextMate (Mac OS X).
  3. In that file, add your network serial number and authorization code in the following format:
    {"serial_number":"YOUR SERIAL NUMBER", "auth_code":"YOUR AUTHORIZATION CODE", "allow_reactivation":true}
  4. Save the file and distribute it to the following location on each machine:

    Windows - C:\ProgramData\SketchUp\SketchUp 201x
    Note that it's the hidden ProgramData ProgramData folder, not the common Program Files folder.

    OS X - /Library/Application Support/SketchUp 201x
    Note that this is the root-level Library folder, not the user-level Library folder. You will need to create the SketchUp 201x folder. There is no SketchUp 201x folder in the root-level /Library/Application Support folder by default.

  5. Launch SketchUp on each machine or ask your users to open SketchUp Pro.
  6. In the Welcome to SketchUp dialog, click the License tab. The serial number and authorization code should be pre-populated in the fields with * symbols, saving the user from typing anything. SketchUp Pro will then automatically send the obscured license information to the Authorization server. Once the license information is validated, SketchUp will download a unique license file to the user's computer.


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