Did you know that students, teachers, and schools can get a free educational license to access Graphisoft products: Archicad, BIMx, and BIMcloud?
In this article, we will show you how to get your EDU license in some quick steps and explain everything you need to know about an Educational license! 😊
The first step to requesting your student license is to have a Graphisoft ID. If you already have an account, you can skip this step.
On the website: GraphisoftID > Sign up, fill out the registration menu with your personal information:
After you create an account, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on Confirm Registration to finalize the Graphisoft account creation step.
Do you want to know more about Graphisoft ID and its advantages? Take a look at these articles!
This document must have all of the following:
P.s.: These requirements may differ from each country. Some countries request the eligibility document be sent by email, while others request to upload it on Google Drive or One Drive and share the URL in the form. But all this information and steps are specified in the form application.
We know that university projects sometimes have very tight deadlines. We generate a serial number within 30 days of validation so you can start modeling in Archicad and use BIMcloud, and BIMx while you wait for the 1-year license approval.
Once you complete the form and submit it, you will need to wait for the information to get evaluated before getting the 1-year license. Meanwhile, you can log in to the MyArchicad page and use the 30-day serial number that is already available for you:
P.s.: Some countries do not have the 30-day Edu license. Instead, you apply for a 1-year-license right away. If that is your case, your screen will look like this:
Within two weeks, you will receive the approval email requesting you to login into the MyArchicad page to check your 1-year license serial number.
If you got an email Unsuccessful: Request for the Archicad 1-year license, this is probably due to incomplete or incorrect information. You can correct the data and re-apply. Check out and follow Step 2 - Fill out the MyArchicad form.
That is the final step! Log in on the MyArchicad page. You can see that there is available a new serial number with an extended expiration date.
Now, when you start Archicad, and it requests your user and serial number, insert your email address (The same one you have for the Graphisoft ID) and the new serial number.
Here are some tips:
You got your serial number. Now let's install Archicad to start working on it immediately!
On the MyArchicad page, on the right side of the serial number, there is the download button, which is the adequate version of your serial number.
By clicking Download, you get redirected to the page above, where you can find more details about the Archicad version, such as System Requirements, License details, and the link for Downloading on MAC and Windows.
After downloading the Archicad installer, run the installation file and install Archicad.
Start the installer to open the Welcome Screen.
Click Next to continue.
Read the license agreement carefully and accept it. Click Open in Browser to see the Agreement in a new window. Click Next.
On this page, define the file path of the installation. As a rule, you should choose the path suggested by Default to simplify the installation of any future updates.
To confirm the file path, click Next.
Choose Setup Type
With the Typical installation option (recommended), you will install Archicad with all the components (e.g.: Library).
Alternatively, choose the Custom installation option to install only specific program components.
After you make your choice, click Next.
Click Install to begin the installation.
Depending on your Hardware configuration, this process may take several minutes. In addition to other components, CodeMeter, the BIMx Desktop Viewer, and the License Manager Tool are all installed in the background.
Here you can create an Archicad Desktop shortcut.
Review the setting to Enable Archicad to Check for Updates automatically (checked by Default).
Confirm your choices by clicking Next.
Information on ARCHICAD Help
ARCHICAD installation does not automatically install Help files to your computer. ARCHICAD provides up-to-date Help resources online.
You do not need to install Help files on your computer if you work online. Click Next to continue.
If you work offline or your internet connection is unstable, we recommend downloading and installing Offline Help. Click the link to access and download Help files to your computer.
If the installation process includes installing CodeMeter, it is required to restart your computer now.
Click Finish to complete the installation process. You may be requested to restart your computer.
The final step is to activate your Archicad with the serial number you received. By clicking New to start a project, the window above will appear. Select the Trial/Educational Serial number, and then press Continue.
Now complete the fields with your information: User ID (your email registered in Graphisoft ID) and the serial number you received.
If you have issues activating your Archicad, check this article by clicking here.
After your first application, there are two options to continue with us:
Renew your license: You can extend your license for 1-year as long as you are a student/teacher.
Upgrade your license: Request a new License for the latest version of Archicad. This option becomes available always when Graphisoft launches a new version of Archicad. Upgrading guarantees the best version of our software and the most up-to-date features!
You can see that both have similar steps. Take a look at the step-by-step:
When you open Archicad, and the serial number is close to expiry, it sends a warning message to renew it. Click in License Renewal > Click here to obtain a new serial number.
It will redirect to your account on myarchicad.com. Click on "Apply for the 1-year license".
In case you are UPGRADING, your profile on the MyArchicad website will look like this:
As in step 2 of the First time getting an Edu license, you should complete the form with your student's information to confirm your eligibility as a student/teacher/school. Most of the information will be pre-filled, but you should check and update any missing or changed data about you, your university, and your studies, as well as upload the proof/document of affiliation to an academic institution.
You should get an email within two weeks, either Approved or Unsuccessful. If the email is approved, you will be oriented to log on to myarchicad.com to check your serial number.
Always check if the new serial number is for the same Archicad version you have installed on your computer.
If it is not, you should download the updated version or contact your local partner.
If you got the unsuccessful email, it must probably be because of incorrect or incomplete information. You can correct and re-apply directly after the email. Or you can also contact your local partner (Get in touch) to acknowledge why you got an unsuccessful reply.
If you still have questions or want to learn more about Educational licenses, you can access our article Educational License - Frequently Asked Questions.
You can contact our local representatives in your region. On your profile on the MyArchicad webpage > Get in touch. As shown in the image below: