Choosing a Licensing Model

When first starting out, choosing a licensing model for your software can be a bit daunting. There are so many choices, how do you choose which one is best for your application or business? A quick internet search is likely to confuse you more than educate you, thanks to a plethora of enterprise jargon and buzzwords. We built Keygen to escape that mess.

Today, we'll take a short dive into the most popular licensing models for software applications and how they can be created using Keygen's software licensing API.

Licensing terminology

Below is a quick dive into some of the most commonly used API resources. For a reference on software licensing terms, check out our Beginner's Guide to Software Licensing.

License Licenses represent an entitlement, i.e. you grant a licensee permission to use something.
Machine Machines represent a device or node that a license is allowed to be used with.
Policy Policies define behavior for different license types, e.g. Timed Trial, Basic and Pro types.
User Users represent an identity for an end-user, or licensee, of your software.

Licensing models

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