UiPath Installation and Upgrade

The UiPath Installation and Upgrade Guide

Activating Studio

Online Activation

The first time you run Studio after installation, a wizard helps you activate and get started with your product. You can use one of the following activation options:

  1. Sign in to UiPath - This option is available in the following scenarios:
    • You used UiPathStudioSetup.exe to install the Community Edition of Studio
    • You used UiPathStudio.msi to install the Enterprise Edition of Studio and selected not to register the Robot as a Windows service (the Robot is installed in user mode).
  2. Connect to Orchestrator - Available if you chose not to sign in, or if you used the UiPathStudio.msi installer and selected to register the Robot as a Windows service.
  3. Activate with a license key - Available if you chose not to sign in or connect to Orchestrator.

Activating by Signing in to UiPath

After installing Studio using UiPathStudioSetup.exe or using the UiPathStudio.msi installer with the Robot in user mode, you are prompted to sign in to your UiPath account.

  1. Click Sign in to sign in to your UiPath account. To find out more information about signing in, click Learn more.
    • If you use a custom URL, click Sign in to, and then enter the URL in the Service URL field.
    • If you don't want to sign in, click Sign in to, and then select Use Machine Key to activate by connecting to Orchestrator. You can also sign in later from Studio or from the Assistant.
  2. A new browser window opens. If you are not already logged in, log in with your email or using one of the available providers.
  1. After logging in, your web browser prompts you to open UiPath. Click Open UiPath to return to Studio and continue.
  1. If your user has access to multiple tenants, select which tenant to connect to, and then click Continue. If you have access to a single tenant, you are connected to it with no further input required.
  1. You are signed in to your UiPath account and connected to Orchestrator in both Studio and Assistant, your product is activated, and a quick step-by-step tutorial is displayed to help you start creating automations.

Activating by Connecting to Orchestrator

If you chose not to sign in, or if you installed Studio using the UiPathStudio.msi installer with the Robot registered as a Windows service, you are prompted to connect to Orchestrator with your machine key.

  1. Enter the Orchestrator URL and Machine Key, and then click Continue. Please note that UiPathStudio.msi cannot acquire licenses from a Community Orchestrator.
    • If you don't want to connect to Orchestrator, click Use License Key and activate using a license key.
  2. You are connected to Orchestrator in both Studio and the Assistant, a license key is acquired from Orchestrator, and a quick step-by-step tutorial is displayed to help you start creating automations.

After Studio is licensed via Orchestrator, the Help tab mentions License Provider: Orchestrator. For all other cases, the same text states Internal.

Please bare in mind that any license change is performed only after Studio is restarted.

Activating with a License Key

If you chose not to sign in or connect to Orchestrator, you can activate locally using a license key. A local license can also be activated with the LicenseTool Command Line Utility.

To activate a license key:

  1. Click Add license key.
  2. Select the Automatic option to license online.
  3. Fill in the Add License Key field with the license key you received.
  4. Click the Continue button. Your UiPath license is now activated and you can start creating automation workflows.



An Activation Error might be displayed during the licensing process if an antivirus is installed on the machine. To avoid the error message, Studio has to be whitelisted in both the antivirus and the Firewall.

If Studio is licensed locally, but you still want to connect it to Orchestrator, make sure you select the External license check box when creating its Robot in Orchestrator. This ensures that Orchestrator does not allocate a license from its pool, as Studio defaults to the local one.

Activating Your License While Installing

The UiPath suite can be activated while running the UiPath Platform installer by providing your license code when prompted during the installation.

When using the UiPathStudio.msi installer, activation can also be done using the Command Prompt. To perform this action you must run it with the CODE argument, followed by the license code. For example:
C:\UiPathStudio.msi CODE=1234567890

Also, for an unattended installation, there are some silent parameters that you can use:

  • /quiet - Quiet mode, no user interaction
  • /passive- Unattended mode - progress bar only
  • /q[n|b|r] - Sets user interface level
    • n - No UI
    • b - Basic UI
    • r - Reduced UI

For example:
C:\UiPathStudio.msi CODE=1234567890 /passive - installs all the default features and activates your license, showing a progress bar.

Activating Your License Using a Proxy

Activating your Studio license through a proxy is done the same way as for the Robot. See here the detailed procedure.

Offline Activation



Please note that the offline (manual) activation is not available for the Community Edition.
If you are renewing your license, please first delete the License folder from %ProgramData%/UiPath, then follow the steps described below.

When UiPath Studio is installed on a machine that is not connected to the internet or when your network security software/firewall prevents access to our license validation server, you can manually activate it with the LicenseTool Command Line Utility, or by following the steps below:

  1. Click the Add License Key button. The registration window is displayed.
  2. Fill in the Add License Key field with the license key you received.
  3. Click the Manual activation option.
  4. Click the Continue button. The first step of manual activation is displayed and an Activation Request code is generated and copied to clipboard.
  1. Copy the Activation Request code to an email message or text file, and press the Continue button.



Keep the Activation wizard open until the process is complete.

  1. Send the activation request code to a computer with Internet access.
  2. On the computer with Internet access navigate to
  1. Make sure the Activate Your License tab is selected on the webpage, and paste the Activation Request code in the Activation Request Certificate field and click the Generate License File. The license code is generated.
  1. Choose between Download License File to save the license code to a .txt file on your machine, or copy the license code to clipboard.
  2. Attach the downloaded .txt file or paste the license in an email and send it to the computer with no Internet access or firewall restrictions.
  1. On the machine you want to activate your license on, press the Continue button in the second step of the Manual Activation wizard. The third and last step of the Manual Activation wizard is displayed.
  1. In the Activation field paste the license code obtained during step 10.
  2. Press the Continue button. Your license is now activated.

Updating the License Key

You can change a local license key from Studio by going to Home (Backstage view) > Settings > License and Profile.

Click Change Local License, enter the new license key, and click Continue. Subsequently, you can click View or Change Profile to switch to another user profile, either Studio, StudioX, or Studio Pro.



The Studio Pro profile is available only with a Studio Pro license. If you activated a StudioX license, you can only use the StudioX profile.

Switching between profiles can also be done using the following command-line parameters:

  • -p Development: to switch to Studio profile;
  • -p Business: to switch to StudioX profile;
  • -p StudioPro: to switch to Studio Pro profile.

To do so, open cmd in the directory where Studio is installed, and type in the following command: UiPath\Studio\UiPath.Studio.exe -p Business, then press Enter. Studio opens in the StudioX profile.

The commands are case-sensitive. If an incorrect argument is inputted, the default profile Studio is opened. The list of Recent projects is persisted per profile.

Updated about a month ago

Activating Studio

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