Multiple simultaneous AutoCAD versions

Discussion created by Mikko.Summala on Oct 31, 2017

We come often across clients running multiple versions of autodesk software. This can cause issues in license compliance as different versions, installation types and bundle/not bundled software may and usually do require each their own license. It is quite common to have several versions of the same software installed and used regularly. E.g.

  • AutoCAD 2014
  • AutoCAD 2015
  • AutoCAD 2018


In order for this to be 1. legally compliant and 2. accurately and reported, all the installations need to be:

  1. Same type of license (i.e. stand-alone or network; perpetual or term-extendable (rental/subscription))
  2. Same metric (in this case networked perpetual licenses; concurrent users)
  3. Under continuous software maintenance agreement. Single year maintenance gives right use install and use current + 3x versions) - otherwise the 2014 version would no longer be permitted and need to be removed within 120 days of installing the 2018 version
  4. The license downgrade rights need to have been updated to each year of the application version in the period covered, i.e. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


If you add bundles, suites and/or industrial collections to this it gets even more detailed and complicated. Each of the component applications need to either installed from appropriate image downloaded from your Autodesk online license management portal OR be assigned to the same user. As before the downgrade and cross-edition rights need to be updated for each of the applications and bundles/suites.


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