Intel® FPGA Software License Types

The following table lists Intel FPGA software licenses, information you need to obtain licenses, and the software and tools each license supports. To obtain a license, login to My Intel and use the Self-Service License Generator.

License Types



Required Information

Software and Tools

Fixed license

A stand-alone (node-locked, single-user) license tied to the computer on which you run the software.

Network interface card (NIC) IDhard disk serial number, or software guard ID1

· Intel® Quartus® Prime or Quartus® II software

· Qsys

· ModelSim*-Intel FPGA Edition software2,3

· MAX+PLUS® II software

Floating license

Floating network license5

NIC ID for Windows or Redhat Linux* license servers5

Host ID for UNIX license server5

Intel Quartus Prime or Quartus II
1-year license

1-year license available in some development kits

Activation code to activate the software6

· Intel Quartus Prime or Quartus II software

· Qsys

Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition or Quartus II Web Edition

No-cost, entry-level version of software that you can download from; supports selected devices

No license required

· Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition or Quartus II Web Edition software

· ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition software3

DSP Builder for Intel FPGAs

A digital signal processing (DSP) development tool that interfaces between the Intel Quartus Prime or Quartus II software and MATLAB*/Simulink tools

NIC ID, or host ID, or software guard ID1

· DSP Builder for Intel FPGAs

IP Megacore Functions

Off-the-shelf megafunctions optimized for our devices


· IP MegaCore functions


No-cost, entry-level version of MAX+PLUS II software that can be downloaded from; supports selected low-density devices

NIC ID or hard-disk serial number7


MAX+PLUS II Student Edition

Available for legacy class materials

Hard-disk serial number7

· MAX+PLUS II Student Edition software

Notes to Table

  1. Legacy versions of Quartus II software prior to version 8.0 used a fixed license that was tied to a USB software guard (a T-guard or dongle). We continue to support software guards for licensing.
  2. The ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software requires a valid license. The ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software license expires 12 months after the date of purchase. Every 12 months you must regenerate your license file in the Self-Service Licensing Center to renew your license for the specific ModelSim-Intel FPGA Edition software version that you purchased.
  3. The Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition, Quartus II Web Edition, and ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition versions 8.1 and later do not require license files.
  4. The legacy FLOATPC, FLOATNET, and FLOATLNX network licenses also require an Intel FPGA ID, NIC ID, or host ID.
  5. The FLEXlm license manager allows up to three redundant license servers to serve a network license. The first server specified is the host; use the host's NIC ID or host ID when obtaining a license.
  6. Because IP cores and development kits are added as feature lines in the software license file, the licensing requirement depend on the software type.
  7. If the PC has more than one hard disk, select the hard disk where the Windows operating system is installed.

IDs Used for Licensing

ID Type


Software serial number or activation code

Your serial number comprises 14 alphanumeric characters beginning with an "A." This serial number serves as a license activation code to activate your software license via the Self-Service Licensing Center. The serial number is printed on a small sticker located in the center of the letter you received as well as on the external shipping envelope. The sticker has three bar codes with numbers underneath. The serial number is the bottom-most number.


The NIC ID is a 12-character hexadecimal string embedded in the network interface card.

Host ID

The server Host ID is an 8-character hexadecimal string that identifies a UNIX workstation.

Software guard ID

The software guard ID is a 10-character ID. Software guards (or dongles) connect to a USB port and have an ID that begins with a “T” followed by 9 numbers.

Hard disk serial number

The hard-disk serial number is an 8-character hexadecimal ID that identifies the hard disk.