iLok Licensing Platform

PACE provides application and plug-in licensing solutions that allow software publishers to sell their products securely.

License Types

We support a wide range of license types: perpetual or restricted (by time) along with the ability to specify specific behavioral constraints. Below are the most common.
perpetual license


Full license without time limits

trial license


Limited, timed license

subsription license


Recurring payment collection and authorization

shareable or network license


Multi-seat license over a network

rental license


Limited, timed license

rent to own license

Rent to Own

Recurring payment collection for a period of time, then converts to a perpetual license

Activation Locations

Choose the license locations best suited for your user base. You can permit your end users to store their licenses in any combination of authorized storage locations.

Host computer (aka machine) license

Host Computer

Allows activation to a computer with no requirements for extra hardware or Internet connection.
iLok USB

iLok USB

Our hardware is secure, convenient, and portable. Users who operate from several workstations find the portability a necessity. 
iLok Cloud

iLok Cloud

With a constant Internet connection, our cloud solution allows secure flexibility without a hardware requirement.
iLok Cloud
Licensing with the iLok Cloud is simple and convenient. Many users prefer not to need licensing hardware. 

iLok Cloud Licensing

We give the end user the option to activate to the iLok Cloud or the iLok USB. The iLok Cloud was designed to stay out of the way of the launch experience, meaning if a Cloud Session is open and the license is valid, the product will launch without asking the end user for any credentials.
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iLok License Manager

iLok License Manager is free to end users of products protected by PACE’s software licensing management platform. It is a desktop application for macOS and Windows that makes license management as easy as drag-and-drop.

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iLok License Manager
PACE Central

How It Works

Publishers use PACE Central to build their catalog of products and bundles. We offer many customization options, from look and feel to security level. All options are explained clearly within our easy to use publisher portal.

iLok License Delivery App for Shopify

Using your Shopify store, your customers can directly deposit licenses into their iLok accounts - no fuss, no hassle.

PACE plus Shopify

Activating Your Software

Customize and build your customer's launch experience.


Add custom graphics and select a color scheme.

Demos and Trials

On Demand Trial

Automatically deliver a demo to a qualified account.

Convert trials to sales

Sales Opportunity

Offer a purchasing opportunity post demo or when your software is un-licensed. 

Software license activation

Quick Activation

Streamlined and easy access for first time users.

Customize your Software Licensing

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Level of Security

Apply your own protection per product - from easy to implement code signing and license checks on launch, to best in class code obfuscation and white-box cryptography. 

license type

License Types

Offer the types of licenses that work for your customers: perpetual, subscription, rent-to-own, multi-seat, trial, NFR, or time-based.

activation flow


Choose which locations to allow your customers to activate to, including: iLok USB, iLok Cloud, or machine (CPU).

software distribution


Use our built-in activation code system to create and distribute licenses on any standard e-commerce plaform, or connect directly to our API. 

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iLok Licensing brochure

Download the iLok Licensing product brochure to learn more about how PACE's software licensing platform protects your IP and allows you to maximize your value.
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Strong Security

Leave software protection and license management to us - that's what we do. Your focus can be on developing great products.

Custom Settings

We put the control in your hands. Design your security and licensing model to work for your business.

Multiple License Types

Offer the type of licenses that meet your business needs: perpetual, subscription, network-based, trial, or timed.

Flexible Activations

You define when a license is required, and how it can be activated.

Subscription Support

Expand your user base with a lower entry cost. Subscriptions are easy to distribute and manage.

Demo at Launch Time

Hook your customer at first launch - choose to allow a trial period and specify what the user's options will be once the demonstration period is over.

Fast, Secure Database

Speed and security are serious business - we take care of that for you, processing millions of license activations a week.

Encrypted Communications

Our system uses encrypted channels to protect your software locally; you will never need to send us unprotected source files.


Request and download custom reports - even track usage in real-time.

Customer Support

Our customers receive full documentation, quality support, and access to our engineering team.

Proven Track Record

Our protection stands strong for years, not hours or days.

Our Clients

PACE’s products are used by an ever growing number of world-class software publishers around the world. 

  • Avid
    Slate Digital
  • Softube
  • Sonnox
    Nugen Audio
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