Product Activation

After downloading PHP Tools for Visual Studio, and installing it, the product license needs to be activated.

Trial License

PHP Tools for Visual Studio comes with a free 30-day trial license, allowing to use all the features. The trial license is enabled automatically once Visual Studio starts.

Trial License Notification

You can check the state of the license in Help / About PHP Tools menu.

Note, enabling the trial license requires an Internet connection.

Obtain License Key

The license key can be purchased online from our purchase page. For detailed information about licence types, licensing model, purchase, upgrades and renewal, see our FAQ section.

The license key is sent by email immediately after the payment.

Enter License Key

Once you have a obtained the license key, activate your copy of PHP Tools for Visual Studio. The product can be activated from the Visual Studio menu.

  • Go to Help/Activate PHP Tools, and the Activation Dialog will open.
  • Paste the license key
  • Click Activate

    Enter license key

Note, when you're offline, the offline activation window will appear, guiding you through the process of offline activation.

To check the status of your maintenance and support subscription, go to Help/About PHP Tools. What's the maintenance and support subscription?

License status

This window gives you information about your license status, product version and the option to renew your subscription.

User Seats

Licenses are assigned to individual users and computers upon first activation. In the case a computer is no longer in use, or a user is no longer actively using the license, you can unregister them to free up their seat for another user. Visit the Dashboard in the upper right corner of this web site to do so.

  1. Create a new user account in the dashboard, or login using available social login.
  2. In case there is no License Key listed in your Dashnoard, Associate License Key first.
  3. Navigate to Subscriptions and adjust number of seats, or disable associated seats to free them for new users.

Related Links

  • Offline Activation: How to activate the product license with a blocked Internet connection.
  • Licenses FAQ: More information about licenses and purchases.