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Article KB00020: Activating Pro Tools academic version

Summary:

How to activate your new Pro Tools academic version (students and teachers)

Applies to:

Pro Tools 10 and later, including academic (student/teacher) upgrade and support plans..

Details:

Activating Pro Tools and obtaining your license for academic versions involves 3 steps

  1. Verifying your educational eligibility
  2. Obtaining a license key from Avid (you must have or create an Avid account)
  3. Downloading your license to your iLok USB key (you must have or create an iLok account)

IMPORTANT: The eligibility process usually takes up to 2 business days. Steps 2 and 3 are completed on line after you receive approval of your academic status and an activation code via email.

Am I eligible for an academic licence?

In order to be eligible to use Pro Tools (for students or teachers) you must fulfil Avid's educational eligibility terms and conditions. These can be found here.
 

Verifying your educational eligibility

Identit-e

When you purchase an academic copy of Pro Tools you are not provided with an iLok license directly. You must first provide Avid with proof of your educational eligibility, which is done as follows:

  1. Find your educational verification code, which will be included on the Activation card. The Activation card is supplied with a new iLok USB key (v2) when you purchase a new Pro Tools licence (or cross grade from an older version of Pro Tools LE). NOTE: Upgrades do NOT include an iLok key. Upgrades are available from version 9 or later.
  2. Go to www.identit-e.com/avid and enter your educational verification code, proof of eligibility and other details as requested (see below)
  3. Identit-E will then process your case, and provide you with your new Pro Tools Activation code via e-mail. This is usually completed within 2 business days.

Academic Verification

Your Pro Tools Activation code allows you to obtain a Pro Tools License for your iLok.

Obtaining your Pro Tools license

When you receive your educational eligibility approval you will also receive an Activation code.  This is the code that allows you to obtain your Pro Tools license from Avid.
However, before you obtain your license you must first have an iLok account. The iLok account is where your Pro Tools licenses (and other software licenses that use iLok security) are stored.

Creating an iLok account (if you don't already have one)

iLok accountGo to www.iLok.com and create a new account. Note that your Username is what you will use to allocate your Pro Tools licenses from Avid.
Download and install the iLok License Manager. This is the application that will manage your licenses and transfer them to your iLok USB key when connected to your computer.

Obtain your Pro Tools license and transfer it to your iLok account

Go to https://account.avid.com and login to your Avid account. If you do not yet have an Avid account you will need to create one.
Avid account login

After login, enter the Activation Code received in your eligibility confirmation email.
Activation code entry
After you enter the Activation Code and click Download Now you will be asked to enter your iLok Username so that Avid can transfer the Pro Tools License. You will also have links to your software downloads. Download your Pro Tools installers now.

Downloading the Pro Tools license to your iLok key.

Your Pro Tools license will be available in your iLok account within a few minutes after completing your Avid activation.
Connect your iLok USB key to your computer (drivers will be installed automatically if required and you have already installed the iLok License Manager).
Open the iLok License Manager and login to your iLok account.
iLok License Manager
Click on your Username and you should see the licenses that have been allocated to your iLok account by Avid.
Right-click on the license in the right hand window and choose "Activate".
In the next window, select the iLok to download the license.
iLok selection
You can now close the iLok License Manager.

You should now have your Pro Tools license on the iLok and can open Pro Tools.

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