Software Licensing


Software Licensing for Easy Digital Downloads provides a complete license key generation, activation, and checking system. It allows you to provide license keys along with your digital products that can then be used to properly license and activate the buyer’s copy of the software. Whether you are selling WordPress plugins, themes, or any other kind of software, including video games and desktop applications, the Software Licensing add-on will become a huge asset for you that also helps to take your business to the next level.

The licensing admin

The licensing admin

With a complete API that can be used for activating, checking, and validating license keys, this is the perfect addition to any digital store selling software, whether that software is WordPress plugins or themes, video games, applications, or any other kind of software.

For WordPress and Non-WordPress Products

The add-on has been built specifically with WordPress theme and plugin developers in mind, but can be used for any kind of software licensing through the included API. Included with the add-on are complete samples that illustrate how to implement license activation and checking in your theme or plugin, and how to setup automatic upgrades for your theme or plugin that are delivered through the licensing system.

Complete documentation for both WordPress and non-WordPress implementations are available. View documentation.

License key generation can be enabled on a per-product basis, giving you the full ability to sell and track license keys for some products, but not all.

Key Features

  • License key generation
  • Remote license activation
  • Remote license deactivation
  • Remote license checking
  • Ability to manually add / remove sites
  • Simple setup
  • Complete API for custom solutions
  • Automatic upgrade system for WP plugins and themes
  • Limit number of activations
  • License activation logs
  • Automatic license expiration
  • Automatic license renewal reminders
  • License upgrades system
  • Integrates with Recurring Payments for automatic license renewals
  • Integrates with Git Download Updater to update zip files from GitHub or BitBucket
  • Extensive documentation

Add Automatic Upgrades to Your WordPress Products

With the complete API for providing automatic upgrades for WordPress plugins and themes to valid license key holders, this add-on will not only make your life as a distributor of products easier, but it will also thrill your customers by allowing them to upgrade their themes and plugins to the latest version with only one click.

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The automatic upgrade system included with the add-on for both themes and plugins follows all of the core WordPress UI standards, so users won’t even know the difference.

Implementing the automatic upgrades into your theme or plugin is a easy as including a couple lines of code (all provided) in your theme or plugin files.

Includes Complete License Renewal System

Software Licensing includes a complete renewal system to allow customers to renew their license keys when they are nearing expiration. Included with the renewal system is an automated email that can be sent to customers when a license is about to expire, and from the email customers can, with a single click, go directly to your store and renew their license key. There are also options to manually renew licenses and also manually send renewal notices. Also included with the renewal system is a complete reporting view that shows a graph of license renewals and earnings from those renewals over time.

Includes License Upgrade System

Do you sell multiple versions of a product or perhaps sell a single product with varying license activation limits? Software Licensing includes a complete upgrade system to allow your customers to upgrade from one license level to the next. Upgrade paths can be configured separately for each product you sell. You can even create upgrade paths that allow customers to upgrade to different products or even bundles of products.


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