Purchasing licenses

You can purchase new licenses if your current product license is about to expire or to acquire additional product licenses for team members.


  1. Determine the type of license to purchase.
  2. Go to ibm.com® or contact your IBM® sales representative to purchase the product license. For details, visit the IBM® web page on How to buy software.
  3. Depending on the type of license you purchase, use the Proof of Entitlement that you receive and complete one of these steps to enable your product:
    • If you purchase Authorized User licenses for your product, go to Passport Advantage, and follow the instructions there for downloading your product activation kit. After you have downloaded the activation kit, import the product activation .jar file by using IBM® Installation Manager.

      Back up the product activation .jar file. If you uninstall the product and then install the product again, you might need to use the product activation .jar file to license the product again.

    • If you purchase floating licenses for your product, go to the IBM® Rational® Licensing and Download Center , and then click the link to connect to the IBM® Rational® License Key Center. There you can use your Proof of Entitlement to obtain floating license keys for your license server.

      Optionally, you can go to IBM® Passport Advantage® to download the activation kit for your product. After importing the activation kit, you can switch from a floating to a permanent license type if you use your computer offline for long periods.

What to do next

To import the activation kit or enable floating license support for your product, use the Manage Licenses wizard in IBM® Installation Manager.