Intel FPGA Software Licensing Support

Intel® FPGA Software Licensing

Most Intel FPGA (formerly Altera® FPGA) software requires you to use a license to enable the software. The license is provided in a file named license.dat. This page describes how to get a license file, set up a license, solve a license problem, change license information, and learn about software and intellectual property (IP) licensing options.

  • Use the Licensing Quick Start to learn how to license one copy of software on one computer.
  • The free Quartus® Prime Lite Edition, Quartus II Web Edition, and ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition software do not require a license.

An Intel FPGA software subscription enables the Quartus Prime Pro Edition, Quartus Prime Standard Edition, or Quartus II subscription edition software (including the Intel FPGA IP Library) and the ModelSim‑Intel FPGAEdition software. When you purchase a software subscription, the license file supports the version of software you purchase, all previous versions, and all versions released within a year of the purchase date. You can use the version of the Quartus Prime or Quartus II software you purchase, and all related software, including the ModelSim‑Intel FPGA Edition software and the IP Library, indefinitely.

We also use licenses to enable additional software, such as purchased MegaCore functions, the Intel FPGA SDK for OpenCL, and the Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Design Suite (EDS).

For detailed information on licensing Intel FPGA software, refer to:

Use the Self-Service Licensing Center to Get and Manage Licenses

If you have a license that is on active maintenance or has a maintenance expiration date after January 1, 2009, please login to myAltera and go to the Self-Service Licensing Center to get and manage your software and/or IP licenses.

Common Licensing Actions

Set Up a License

Solve a License Problem

Use the licensing troubleshooter to solve Quartus Prime, ModelSim-Intel FPGA, and DSP Builder for Intel FPGAs software licensing problems.

For other troubleshooting tips, refer to Intel FPGA Software Installation and Licensing (PDF).

Learn About Software and IP Licensing Options

Licenses for Legacy Software

Get the license file for software, IP, and development kits with a maintenance expiration date before January 1, 2009 at our Legacy License Generator page.