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Knowledge Base

This section outlines the standard installation process for Lumerical products on macOS.


Administrator privilege is required

A supported operating system from our Supported Systems page is required.

For floating licenses, the Lumerical license manager must be installed on one computer in your network. See the license manager installation guide for instructions.



Installation process

1.Download installation package

2.Run the installer

3.Lumerical launcher


Activate node license

Obtain a Floating license

5.Launch the Simulator

Installation process

Download the installation package

The Lumerical products installation package can be downloaded from the Download Center (registration required).


Run the installer

1.Locate the dmg file that you have downloaded.

2.Double click the disk image (.dmg file) to mount the installer.

3.Double click the installer (.pkg file) and follow the instructions on the installation wizard.


4.Choose to Uninstall other versions or Continue without uninstall on your machine when prompted and complete the installation.


Lumerical launcher

Open Lumerical Launcher using the Lumerical icon from within LaunchPad.

Launcher opens with the Examples screen. Click on an application example for more information or to download and run the application example.



On the Licenses section, it will show all activated licenses that are available for checkout from the current license source, shown at the bottom left corner.

If the license is not available or not activated on the current license source, it will show as Unavailable.

Otherwise for licenses that are available, the 'Checkout' will be shown. Opening the Product will automatically Checkout and obtain the license.


Node license activation

1.To Activate your Node locked trusted storage license, Click on the Node locked tab.

2.Goto the Activate tab and Enter your activation code on space provided and Click the 'Activate' button.


Online vs Offline activation

Two license activation modes are available: Online Mode and Offline Mode.

Online activation is generally faster and easier, so this is the recommended method for all users.

Offline activation is a backup solution for customers who are unable to activate license through the internet.
License activation will be done by sending a "requestXML file" to Lumerical Support, and a "responseXML file" will be provided.
For more information, see the Offline Activation page.


Offline activation is only available for paid licenses. Trial or CUE program licenses must be activated using the online method.


Save your activation code

Please keep your Activation Code for your records. If you need to change your license server, you can "de-activate" the license and re-use the Activation Code on the new server.


See also

Protecting your license

Obtain a Floating license

1.To obtain license from a different machine where the FlexNet license manager is hosted, goto the Floating tab and enter the HostName or IP address of the machine where your FlexLM is hosted.

2.Specify the port number if this has been changed. If you have a managed network or license server, consult with your IT department of System Administrator for this information.

3.If you have the FlexNet license manager on the same machine, use localhost.

4.Click on the Apply button to save and commit your settings.

5.Hit Restart Now when prompted by the launcher.


See also

FlexNet license manager installation

Floating license activation

Launch the Simulator

Select Products on the left column then Click New.

Choose the Product or Simulator to open from the list or use the New Project button on the right of the simulator list



If you do not have the license for a Simulator it will be greyed out on the list and will have the Evaluate button on the right of the Product's list.

To request for a trial license for the a Simulator or Interoperability feature, simply click on the Evaluate button.

It will open a new dialog to submit your request online or email you request to Lumerical.

Online request will let you try and obtain a trial license and activate this right away.


See also

Lumerical Suite Launcher

Next steps

Getting started examples

Work through one of the introductory Getting Started examples.

More product licensing information

See the Product Licensing chapter.

Advanced setup and configuration

See the Setup and Configuration section for information on advanced configuration of Lumerical's software.

Running simulations

See the Advanced Configuration section for information on running simulations, including from the command line.

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