How to set the INTEL_LICENSE_FILE environment variable

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Updated 10/12/2016
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Once you have installed the Intel® Software License Manager and installed the client application, the INTEL_LICENSE_FILE environment variable must be set. Most Intel® Software Development Products have an environment variables file (e.g. for the Intel C++ Compiler for Linux*) that can be run to set up the INTEL_LICENSE_FILE variable correctly. This environment variable must be set for proper authentication of the product license file.

Other ways to set up the INTEL_LICENSE_FILE environment variable:

On Windows* systems, follow these steps:

1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Environment Variables

2. Under system variables click New.

3. Enter INTEL_LICENSE_FILE in the text box for Variable Name.

4. In the Variable value text box, input the port#@host for the license server. Or to use a license file, enter the full path to the folder where one or more licenses reside. You may provide multiple path values separated by semicolons “;”.

5. Click OK > OK > OK.

On Linux* and OS X* systems, use following commands:

  • Bash shell, Bourne shell (sh), and Korn shell (ksh) use the export and assignment commands:

$ export INTEL_LICENSE_FILE=port#@host


$ export INTEL_LICENSE_FILE=</path/to/license/file>

where </path/to/license/file> is the folder in which one or more license files reside. You can provide multiple path values to the INTEL_LICENSE_FILE variable by using “:” as a separator. For example,

$ export INTEL_LICENSE_FILE=/opt/intel/licenses:$HOME/intel/licenses

  • C shell (csh), use the setenv command:

% setenv INTEL_LICENSE_FILE port#@host


% setenv INTEL_LICENSE_FILE </path/to/license/file>

For more details, please refer to Chapter 4.2, Intel® Software License Manager User's Guide.