How do I request a free license on the student portal?

A Vectorworks license is free for students and teachers who are involved in design-oriented study programs. First create an account on the Vectorworks student portal. Then you can request your free license and download your software. 

  • Go to

  • Fill in the details on the right under ‘Get Free Education Software’. Click ‘Create’.

  • You will receive an e-mail to activate your account. Click ‘Activate’.

  • You will be directed to the student portal, where your activation code has already been entered. If not, copy the activation code from your e-mail to the portal. Click ‘Activate’.

  • Please complete your account, accept the terms of use and add your proof of registration*. Click ‘Update’.

  • Choose your Vectorworks version** and add your proof of registration* again. Click ‘Send’.

  • Download your software by selecting ‘Mac’ or ‘Windows’. Your serial number will remain active for 12 months.

Need help? As a student or teacher you get free online support. If your question is urgent, you can also contact us by phone.


Select 'Choose file' and add a valid proof (e.g. a copy of your current student card) with your name, photo, academic year, school and study program clearly visible. Only .jpg or .pdf is accepted. Your file cannot be larger than 4 MB. Incomplete or incorrect requests will be refused. Because of the design of the portal, this action is requested at 2 locations. You can upload the same document both times.


If you are using Vectorworks at school, discuss with your teacher which version and language option you need. Once you have entered your language choice, it is impossible to request another language for the same version. If you requested the most recent version of Vectorworks, you will not be able to request older versions. But files can be saved in such a way that they are compatible with an older version. If you really need an older version, please contact us.

Last update: 30/06/2021
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