This version of LightWave uses a software-driven licensing scheme, applicable to Windows 64-bit, and Macintosh OS X. This approach facilitates online purchase and prompt delivery, without any need for a physical shipment (although a hardware dongle can be purchased on request when so desired).

Although no longer required, those upgrading from older versions that required a hardware key can continue to use it if they wish (see note in the section Upgrading From a Prior Version). Note that commercial plugins that use the SDK* to reference a dongle will now work without one. Also as before, multiple LightWave instances can be run concurrently on the same machine.

New purchasers of LightWave can purchase a hardware dongle on request but it won’t be necessary, meaning that LightWave can become a completely digital product making purchasing licenses much simpler since no physical product will need to be shipped.

Purchasing and Activation

The website is open 24/7, 365 days a year, so you can you buy a new LightWave license or upgrade to the latest version at your convenience. LightWave is also available through your favorite reseller, if you prefer.

To check out pricing, visit the Store pages at; you don’t need to be logged in to do so. Click Buy Now to display the price, including sales tax, in your local currency. If you wish to make a purchase, enter your payment details and hit next. A confirmation page allows you to review the details and make any necessary edits, and then you can hit next again. After a few moments to process your payment, you will be presented with download options for LightWave and the license.key file.

To apply the license.lwk, just launch either Layout or Modeler, drag the lwk file icon over the window, and drop it. Afterward, to restart LightWave to activate your license.

Note: If you lack Internet access, send a letter containing your address, LightWave serial number, your reseller’s details, and what sort of computer you will use LightWave on to:


Attn: Customer Service

5131 Beckwith Blvd

San Antonio, TX 78249