Short-Term Licenses

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Maxon’s short-term licenses for Cinema 4D makes it possible for you to integrate Cinema 4D’s complete, diverse and powerful toolset into your workflow for as long – or short – as you want.


Short-term licenses for Cinema 4D Studio are available for 3 or 6 months. Download delivery only. Short-term licenses can be used with plugins that have their own serial numbers and can be purchased as single or multi-seat floating licenses. This makes it easy to quickly integrate them into existing production environments.

A short-term license can be extended by 3 or 6 months. You can use a new Release version or an existing version of the previous Release, whichever fits your workflow best.


Switching from short-term to perpetual licenses is easy and can be done whenever you want – and we help pave the way by crediting 75% of the short-term license fees you’ve already paid towards the purchase of a perpetual license!

Details and terms for switching can be found in the FAQs below. You have more questions? Then contact us or your nearest reseller for answers!


No. These are short-term licenses for Cinema 4D which are restricted to a pre-defined time period.

No. Maxon remains committed to offering perpetual licenses. Short-term licensing is a solution to make it easier for individuals to acquire Cinema 4D and for larger companies to adjust licensing counts to satisfy short-term production needs.

Short-term licenses are available via download only. No physical shipment of short-term licenses is available.

Short-term licenses are available for terms of 3 or 6 months.

When the purchased time period ends, the license expires. A prompt will be displayed 14 days before the Cinema 4D license is due to expire.

Yes. Licenses can be extended or reactivated by purchasing another 3- or 6-month term. Breaks between licensing periods are possible. When extending your short-term license you will automatically receive the latest version of Cinema 4D. You can, upon request, opt to extend your existing license instead.

No. Because this is not a subscription, short-term licenses will not automatically renew.

Maxon offers short-term licenses for Cinema 4D Studio only.

The short-term license requires 2 serial numbers - one Cinema 4D serial number and one runtime number that defines the time period. Licenses can be verified in the Cinema 4D registration dialogue, which also shows how many days remain before the license expires.

Yes. Floating or Multi-licensing is possible. In this case a third serial number defines the number of licenses that can be used concurrently. The Maxon License Server (MLS) required to administer short-term floating licenses is not included. However, a previously purchased Maxon License Server can be used. Please note that due to technical limitations the number of licenses linked to one serial number cannot be changed within the defined term. Adding i.e. purchasing additional floating licenses to the same linked serial number after expiration is possible. Reducing the number of licenses requires a new and additional serial number, runtime number and multi-licensing number.

Yes, you can purchase and use serialized plugins with the short-term license. When extending a short-term license, you can still keep the same Cinema 4D serial number to which the plugin serial number is linked. As a result, there should be no problems with plugins linked to your Cinema 4D serial number.

A short-term license is entitled to the same installation support as perpetual licenses. No additional services are included.

Short-term licenses are not eligible for automatic upgrades within the defined runtime period. If customers order shortly before a new release comes to market, they continue with the release that was purchased. Service updates (service packs) are available as they are for perpetual licenses. However, once a short-term license has expired a new short-term license of the latest release can be purchased.

Yes. If you later wish to upgrade to a perpetual license, 75% of the short-term fees you have paid will go towards your purchase of a perpetual license.An MSA (Maxon Service Agreement) must be purchased at the the time of upgrade. In order to receive credit for multiple terms, your short-term license must be active and the terms concurrent (no breaks between terms). Credits cannot exceed the cost of the perpetual Studio license and only one-to-one license credits can be applied to an upgrade. Short-term license credits cannot be refunded or used for purchases other than an upgrade to a perpetual license.

Short-term licenses are available through Maxon offices and authorized distributors only.

A runtime license can only be issued when it is fully registered in our database with a complete customer record, including name, company, address and a valid email.

For additional information about all available Cinema 4D licenses, contact Maxon or one of our qualified partners.

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