License activation


When launching Substance Painter for the first time, you will encounter the activation wizard (even if you are running the trial version).

3 choices are available:

  • Evaluate this product: This will generate a license file based on your hardware which will be valid for the next 30 days.
  • Activate using licence file: If you downloaded a *.key license file from your account page on our website, you will be able to load it in the next step.
  • Activate using your account: If you choose this option, the next step will ask for a login and a password to be able to automatically retrieve a license file.


Make sure you are running the software as admin, and to disable your anti-virus.

Manual activation

It is possible to manually activate Substance Painter by putting the license.key file in the following folder: 

Windows : C:/Program Data/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
MacOS : /Library/Application Support/Allegorithmic/Substance Painter/license.key
Linux : /opt/Allegorithmic/etc/Substance Painter/license.key

Make sure that the file is called license.key

Environment variable

The license location can be changed from its default to a custom one by defining an environment variable. See Environment Variables.

Advanced configuration and installation