NI Licensing Offline Activation - Activation Error or Invalid Activation Code

Updated Apr 16, 2020

Reported In


  • NI License Manager

Issue Details

I have a system that is completely offline and cannot connect to the internet. I found my NI specific computer ID and generated a 20-character activation code online. However, when I go to activate using the activation code, I receive one of these errors:

Invalid Activation Code!

That appears at the bottom right of the following window:

Activation Error

That appears at the result blank space of the following window:


Invalid Activation Code:

Make sure that the activation code is 20 alphanumeric characters separated by a hyphen between every 4 characters.

Example of valid activation code: 
  • ABCD-1234-A1B2-XYZA-789J
Examples of invalid activation codes:
  • Not 20 characters: 
    • ABCD-1234-A1B2-XYZA-789 
    • ABCD-1234-A1B2-XYZA-789J-QDHX
  • Missing hyphens:
    • ABCD1234A1B2XYZA789J
  • Extra symbols/hyphens:
    • ABCD-1234-A1B2-XYZA--789J
    • ABCD~1234~A1B2~XYZA~789J
    • ABCD-1234-A1B2-XYZA-789J.

Activation Error: