License Transfer Utility

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This function deactivates the OCAD license on your computer (User A) and allows you to activate this license on another device (User B).

Hint.jpgThis function is only available when all ocd files are closed in the OCAD program. Otherwise this function is disabled in the Help menu.

License Transfer

Fill in the fields for Current User and New user. Leave the New user field empty, if the new user is unknown or the same as the current.

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Click the Transfer button. You will read License unblocked for new user.

OCAD sends a confirmation email to the entered email addresses of User A and User B. The license can now get activated by User B.
For the first activation, User B needs the order email from User A with the installation information.

OCAD for Single User: The request will be proceeded manually at the latest within 2 working days.
OCAD for Teams: The request will be proceeded automatically and the license can be activated immediately by the new user.
Hint.jpgRead here about the difference between OCAD Single User and OCAD for Teams.

Click the Close button. OCAD closes.

Until now, it's not possible that an club administrator is doing the License Transfer. The users with the activated license need to transfer their licenses by their own.
If the users do not have access to their licenses anymore (e.g. PC crash), please contact us at


Automatic License Deactivation

In the License Manager tool in the Help menu, you have the possibility to set the option Deactivate this license automatically when closing OCAD for OCAD Team licenses.
If this option is set, the license will be deactivated on your computer and released for a new user as soon as you close OCAD.
This option will help you not to have any license blocked by an inactive user, if you transfer licenses often within a team.


License Activation

Activate the License

If the license is deactivated and User A or User B starts OCAD, for both of them the License Activation dialog appears.


You have the following options:

  • Click Reactivate this License to start the Activation Wizard. This is what User B is supposed to do.
This button is not active, if the license is activated by another user. In this case, you will see who has activated the license last and you can ask this person to transfer the license.
  • Click Open OCAD Viewer to open the OCAD Viewer. It is possible to view and print map, but not to edit. This is probably what User A is supposed to do.
  • Click Cancel to cancel the dialog.

Activate a different License

Use the License Manager

Applies to OCAD Team licenses.

  • Open the License Manager in Help menu and click on Add additional Team licenses.
  • Paste the complete text with the license data of all licenses from your order email here.

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  • You will get a confirmation when the licenses have been added successfully.

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It is only possible to add licenses for the same OCAD edition. It is the Course Setting edition in your example.
Also, you need to run OCAD as administrator to be able to add the additional licenses.

Once again you transfer your license to another user.
When you start OCAD next time, you will see a list with all licenses, that you have added before. Now you can choose a license and activate it.

Hint.jpg See also the page OCAD as Cloudable App to learn how to install OCAD on clouds like Dropbox or OneDrive.
Hint.jpg See also our FAQ to learn how a possible example for OCAD Team licenses looks like.

Install the license manually

Applies to OCAD Single User and OCAD Team licenses.

Example: Your club has two licenses 20000 and 20004. You have installed and activated license 20000 from your club. Now you have transferred this license back and next time you like to use OCAD, only license 20004 is available.

You can also install and activate this license (request the license data from your club). It will generate an additional license file in your C:\Program Files\OCAD\OCAD 2018 Orienteering folder.
Once again you transfer your license to another user.
When you start OCAD next time, you see two licenses. If a license is available, you can activate it without any further installation.


Product Activation Error

If you like to activate OCAD and get a Product Activation Error, please see this page

License Management

The License Manager tool shows an overview about the OCAD licenses which are assigned to your organization, including Subscription end date or Last activated by.