How to implement cloud-based floating licenses for cross-platform applications


If you are developing a cross-platform application and are using the QLM REST API to protect your non-Windows application, you can implement a cloud-based floating license mechanism by following the approach outlined in this article.

First-run workflow

When your application is launched for the first time from a system, follow the same approach as you would do for a normal node-locked license. Prompt the user for an Activation Key and use the ValidateLicenseHttp API to activate the license. If the activation is successful, a digitally signed license file is returned and stored on the end-user system (you must store the file).

Additionally, you must store the Activation Key so that you can retrieve it later.

When your application exits, you must do the following:

  • Call Releaselicensehttp to deactivate the license from the server.

  • Delete the license file stored in the previous step.

Subsequent runs

When your application is subsequently launched on the same system, you must do the following:

  • Retrieve the Activation Key stored in the previous step.

  • Call ValidateLicenseHttp API to activate the license with the Activation Key retrieved in the previous step. There should be no need to prompt the user.

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