Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

Upgrade an Existing License

This topic explains how to upgrade your installation of Enterprise Architect to a more powerful edition.



See also


There are six Enterprise Architect editions:

Business and Software Engineering
Systems Engineering

The installation file provides the facilities of all editions; your registration key gives access to the facilities of the edition you have purchased.


Editions Available


If you have purchased a less powerful edition, such as Professional or Desktop, you can subsequently upgrade your existing license to a more powerful edition by purchasing a special upgrade key from Sparx Systems.

Once you have purchased and received the appropriate key, use the procedure below to gain access to the additional features.


Enterprise Architect Purchase Details

Trial and Lite Editions

The Lite edition and the Trial version cannot be registered or upgraded.

If you have used either of these versions and then purchased Enterprise Architect, you must download the registered version from:

Then you can enter your registration key.


The Trial Version

The Read-only 'Lite' Edition

Registered User software download site


This topic is mainly applicable to users with private keys.

If you are an end-user with a shared key, you would simply be allocated the relevant key next time you requested one.

If, however, you want to upgrade while using a shared key on a long lease, you would simply click on the Release Key button and then the Add Key button.


Adding License Keys

Access    Help | Register and Manage License Key(s) > License Management: Add Key

How to

To upgrade from one license edition to another



See also


Make sure you have a valid upgrade key purchased from Sparx Systems; you typically receive this in an email or PDF format.




On the Add Registration Key dialog, in the Name and Company fields, type your name and company name.


License Management


Copy the key you received for the upgraded edition of Enterprise Architect - including the { and } bracket characters - from the email.




Paste the key into the Copy registration key field.




Click on the OK button.

Enterprise Architect displays the message:

Registration succeeded – Thank you for purchasing Enterprise Architect xxxx Edition




Click on the OK button, and then on the Close button to continue working in Enterprise Architect.




Select the Help | About EA menu option.

Copy the registration key shown and store it somewhere safe; this is a key to the full license of the edition you have upgraded to.

If you ever have to reinstall Enterprise Architect, you can register it with this key, so you won't have to go through the upgrade process again.