SPSS License Codes

If you do a manual Site License installation of SPSS, you will need a current authorization code to activate it.

Every year after that in September you will need to enter a new code authorize the software for the next academic year.

For SPSS installed through a managed desktop package, the license should update automatically via the license server and you need take no action. Also Network Installation will connect to a license server directly, so you won't need annual codes.

Requesting the latest license code

We distribute codes to whoever pays for the license, so contact whoever paid for your license in the first place.

Staff and students in HSS and MVM colleges have already been paid for, so use the following link to request the latest code from Software Services.


Please take care of the codes

Never email authorization codes or license codes to the main Software Services email address, IS help services or to unidesk but rather always use the specific IS.software.codes address.

Adding the latest license code

Either during the installation or at the annual renewal time you need to add the latest license code using SPSS Licence Authorization Wizard.

Guides to updating the license, please use the following set of instructions:

Checking your SPSS license

You can check the date when your copy of SPSS is licensed until and what modules you have available using the SPSS syntax command SHOW LIC. or SHOW LICENSE.

Use the following steps to run the command:

  • Launch SPSS.
  • Choose 'File' > 'New' > 'Syntax' from the menu to open a new SPSS syntax window.
  • Type in the command SHOW LIC. into the syntax window (including the full stop).
  • Choose 'Run' > 'All' from the menu.

The output window should contain a table similar to the example below from 2013 renewal. Not all these modules will be available under different operating systems.

Show License command output

SPSS license code examples

There are three different sorts of code referred to by SPSS:

Authorization Codes are about 20 characters long and look like: 4a581exxxxxxd5869609. They should not be confused with License Codes

License Codes are much longer, about 92 characters and look like: YJWIPNMC6CR4NMAKZKB2CTCFSJC38GHHKSXXXXXXXFMA6TJMYJIEK7KS7DFVPQNEFMO5YB269PNSWSTZJDXE27TFOJ8BK.

Lock Codes are unique to your computer and are used to generate the long license codes. Lock Codes look like 4-22222 or 10-22222

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