A dead-simple software licensing API built for developers

License and protect your business's desktop apps, on-premise software, and other digital products.


"Using Keygen saved me the trouble of building and maintaining my own licensing server and strategy. It is easy to work with, reliable, and affordable." – GuideGuide

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Developer time is expensive

Making it more productive is a no-brainer

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  • checkGet to market faster. Quickly and securely integrate with our developer APIs in any OS to manage the licensing and distribution of your software products.
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# Create a new license for a user of the “ecorp” account
curl https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/ecorp/licenses -X POST \
  -H 'Authorization: Bearer prod-2ddd064509b6bcaa356958dcce6da3a538919e13ddbc26b359fb374ff89dfacav3' \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/vnd.api+json' \
  -H 'Accept: application/vnd.api+json' \
  -d '{
        "data": {
          "type": "licenses",
          "attributes": {
            "key": "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3",
            "expiry": "2021-10-31T00:00:00.000Z"
          },
          "relationships": {
            "policy": {
              "data: { "type": "policies", "id": "0b4b1a9a-e25a-4f14-a95e-d9dd378d6065" }
            }
          }
        }
      }'
security

Licensing Policies

Control what types of licenses each product offers using Keygen's powerful license policies. From node-locked licenses to timed trials, we have your licensing needs covered.

people

Identity Management

Utilize Keygen's identity management features to support multiple licenses per-user, and allow users to perform self-management actions for their licenses and machines.

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Machine Activations

Enforce where your products can and cannot be used by managing each license's machine activations. Our policies enforce everything from node-locked to floating licenses.

Bring your own programming language

Quickly implement Keygen's API in any programming language.

const fetch = require('node-fetch')

const res = await fetch('https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key', {
  method: 'POST',
  headers: {
    'Content-Type': 'application/vnd.api+json',
    'Accept': 'application/vnd.api+json'
  },
  body: JSON.stringify({
    meta: {
      key: 'C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3'
    }
  })
})

const { meta } = await res.json()

if (meta.valid) {
  // Do something
} else {
  // Do something else
}
import SwiftyJSON
import Alamofire

Alamofire.request("https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key",
  method: .post,
  headers: [
    "Content-Type": "application/vnd.api+json",
    "Accept": "application/vnd.api+json"
  ],
  parameters: [
    "meta": [
      "key": "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3"
    ]
  ],
  encoding: JSONEncoding.default
).responseJSON { response in
  let json = JSON(data: response.data!)
  let valid = json["meta"]["valid"].bool

  if valid {
    // Do something
  } else {
    // Do something else
  }
}
using RestSharp;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

var client = new RestClient("https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo");
var request = new RestRequest(
  "licenses/actions/validate-key",
  Method.POST
);

request.AddHeader("Content-Type", "application/vnd.api+json");
request.AddHeader("Accept", "application/vnd.api+json");
request.AddJsonBody(new {
  meta = new {
    key = "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3"
  }
});

var response = client.Execute<Dictionary<string, object>>(request);
var meta = (Dictionary<string, object>) response.Data["meta"];

if ((bool) meta["valid"])
{
  // Do something
}
else
{
  // Do something else
}
import com.mashape.unirest.http.exceptions.*
import com.mashape.unirest.http.*
import org.json.*

val body = JSONObject(mapOf(
  "meta" to mapOf(
    "key" to "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3"
  )
))

val res = Unirest.post("https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key")
  .header("Content-Type", "application/vnd.api+json")
  .header("Accept", "application/vnd.api+json")
  .body(body)
  .asJson()

val data = res.getBody().getObject()
val meta = data.getJSONObject("meta")

if (meta.getBoolean("valid")) {
  // Do something
} else {
  // Do something else
}
import com.mashape.unirest.http.exceptions.*;
import com.mashape.unirest.http.*;
import org.json.*;

import static java.util.Map.ofEntries;
import static java.util.Map.entry;

JSONObject body = new JSONObject(ofEntries(
  entry("meta", ofEntries(
    entry("key", "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3")
  ))
));

HttpResponse<JsonNode> res = Unirest.post("https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key")
  .header("Content-Type", "application/vnd.api+json")
  .header("Accept", "application/vnd.api+json")
  .body(body)
  .asJson();

JSONObject data = res.getBody().getObject();
JSONObject meta = data.getJSONObject("meta");

if (meta.getBoolean("valid"))
{
  // Do something
}
else
{
  // Do something else
}
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <cpprest/http_client.h>
#include <cpprest/filestream.h>

using namespace std;
using namespace web;
using namespace web::http;
using namespace web::http::client;
using namespace web::json;
using namespace utility;

http_client client("https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo");
http_request req;

value meta;
meta["key"] = value::string("C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3");

value body;
body["meta"] = meta;

req.headers().add("Content-Type", "application/vnd.api+json");
req.headers().add("Accept", "application/json");

req.set_request_uri("/licenses/actions/validate-key");
req.set_method(methods::POST);
req.set_body(body.serialize());

client.request(req)
  .then([](http_response res)
  {
    auto data = res.extract_json().get();
    auto meta = data.at("meta");

    if (meta.at("valid").as_bool())
    {
      // Do something
    }
    else
    {
      // Do something else
    }
  })
  .wait();
import requests
import json

data = requests.post(
  "https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key",
  headers={
    "Content-Type": "application/vnd.api+json",
    "Accept": "application/vnd.api+json"
  },
  data=json.dumps({
    "meta": {
      "key": "C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3"
    }
  })
).json()

if data["meta"]["valid"]:
  # Do something
else:
  # Do something else
require 'httparty'

data = HTTParty.post(
  'https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key',
  headers: {
    'Content-Type' => 'application/vnd.api+json',
    'Accept' => 'application/vnd.api+json'
  },
  body: {
    meta: {
      key: 'C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3'
    }
  }
)

if data['meta']['valid']
  # Do something
else
  # Do something else
end
<?php

$url = 'https://api.keygen.sh/v1/accounts/demo/licenses/actions/validate-key';
$ch = curl_init($url);

$body = json_encode([
  'meta' => [
    'key' => 'C1B6DE-39A6E3-DE1529-8559A0-4AF593-V3'
  ]
]);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $body);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, [
  'Content-Type: application/json',
  'Accept: application/json'
]);

$json = curl_exec($ch);
$data = json_decode($json);

if ($data->meta->valid) {
  // Do something
} else {
  // Do something else
}

A better answer to Build vs. Buy

Businesses of all sizes face the question of whether to build or buy a product licensing solution. Keygen's developer APIs give you a better option that will save your business time and money.

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    Reduce the up-front development and ongoing maintenance costs of an in-house solution.

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    Maintain the flexibility of an in-house solution, but leave the hard stuff to us.

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    Developer support and integration services by our licensing experts.

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    Building blocks for implementing countless licensing models.

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    Clear developer documentation covering how to integrate Keygen.


"The API documentation lives up to the newest standards, just like Stripe and WooCommerce. Easy integration with almost any type of software." – StorePilot

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"Saved time, money and made our customers happy. My staff are able to manage licenses with ease." – Anthony O.


FAQs

  • What licensing models are supported?

    Keygen supports almost any licensing model: perpetual licenses, machine and VM leasing, subscription-based models, concurrency-based models, single machine-locked licenses, floating licenses with and without strict machine limits, feature-based licensing, and even a combination of most of those.

  • Is data within Keygen secure?

    Yes. We strive to ensure that the data stored within Keygen is as secure as possible. We never store passwords as plain text—they are always hashed and salted securely using bcrypt. All connections to our APIs are encrypted over TLS, i.e. we encrypt "in transit", our databases are encrypted, i.e. we encrypt "at rest", and all of our data backups are encrypted. Want to learn more? Check out our security page.

  • Where can I monitor Keygen's uptime?

    We strive to provide the highest uptime possible for our customers through a distributed system hosted on battle-tested infrastructure. You can monitor uptime and average response time for each of Keygen's services from our status page.

  • Does Keygen handle distribution?

    Yes! Using Keygen Dist, you can distribute your products to licensed users and even provide auto-updates using industry standard frameworks such as Sparkle, NSIS, Squirrel.Mac, Squirrel.Windows, and even updates for WordPress plugins and themes.

  • Does Keygen work offline?

    Yes, we support several methods of cryptographically signing or encrypting license keys, which can be verified in offline environments. For more information, check out our API reference, or reach out to our technical support.

  • Can I ask a question?

    Of course. Ask away.


"Keygen has flexible license management options backed by great customer support. Keygen is enabling us to very quickly get licensing off the ground for a reasonable price." – Mining & Metals