LightWave 2020 Full Feature Trial

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Want to try before you buy? Download the full version of LightWave and use it for 30 days, free.

Read more about LightWave here.

Getting Started Videos

For those new to LightWave, check out these getting started videos.


More training videos can be found on the Learn page.

Obtaining a 30 Day Full Trial License

In order to unlock LightWave for the 30 day full demo, you will need a valid trial license key. To obtain a trial license key you will need to:

  • Create an account if you don't already have one
  • Download and install LightWave following the installer instructions
  • Run Layout and copy or write down the trial serial number from the lower left of the splash screen that appears on first run:

  • Next Sign In to your account
  • If using the 'Quick Sign In' icon at the top right of the website, click the 'User Icon' to access your account page

  • Once signed in, you will be able to Register the trial serial number that LightWave gave you
  • When the serial is registered, the trial product will appear in your Account. Download the 30 day trial license to install it

Installing a Trial License

Once you have created an account, installed LightWave and registered the trial serial to obtain the 30 day license key. You can now install the license to unlock the full version of LightWave for 30 days:

  • Download the license key (LICENSE.LWK) from the link listed under the relevant trial product on your Account page
  • Run LightWave again (if you closed the Splash screen)
  • Drag the LICENSE.LWK onto the Splash screen (download it first) that appears when you first start the application

  • Restart LightWave to activate the 30 day trial mode
  • Enjoy!

Please Note:

  • Existing owners can also use their hardware dongle for plugins that are still tied to it
  • The new software based licensing is only available for LightWave 11.0.3 and higher
  • Download the license file first, you cannot drag and drop directly from the webpage
  • Drag and drop activation is available in LightWave 11.0.3 and higher
  • To avoid license key problems under Windows, run the installer with Admin rights

Minimum System Specifications



  • 64-bit Intel® Core™ 2 or better or AMD64 with SSE4 instruction set (Bulldozer onwards)
  • System RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Available USB Port (for users with existing hardware dongles)
  • Operating System

  • 64-bit: Windows 7 64-bit through Windows 10 64-bit

Mac OS®


  • 64-bit Intel® Processor
  • System RAM: 4GB minimum
  • Available USB Port (for users with existing hardware dongles)
  • Operating System

  • Sierra 10.12 or better


  • Minimum Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9 series or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series
  • Minimum Screen Resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixels
  • Recommended Graphics Card: GeForce® 10 series or newer at 1920 x 1080 or better

Installation Requirements

  • Storage: All systems require 750MB available hard drive space (excluding content).