Vidispine requires a valid license in order to run. The license controls how many items and storages may exist in the system, and controls which encoders and decoders are available when transcoding.
License keys can be obtained here: http://www.vidispine.com/license
The license is a physical file which must reside in the Java application server
domain folder. The file is either called
depending on if the licensing is standalone/master or a slave setup.
The Vidispine license is tied to your systems MAC address(es). For Cloud-based systems with non-persistent MAC-address allocation (such as Microsoft Azure), a master-slave license setup can be used to ensure proper licensing of a Cloud based Vidispine instance.
Standalone Vidispine transcoder nodes are licensed through the API and do not need a local license file.
- Development/test/demo license
- This type of license allows for unlimited numbers of everything, for a certain period of time. All transcoded content will be watermarked.
- Production license
- This type of license will allow for a certain number of users, assets, storages, transcoders and codecs according to what’s purchased. Transcoded content will not be watermarked.
- Deployment license
- When installing Vidispine using the installer, a non-MAC bound deployment license will be installed. This license will allow you to verify that your system was properly installed. The license will allow for 2 users, 100 assets, 1 transcoder, 1 storage area, and encoding/decoding of all codecs supported by Vidispine. All transcoded content will be watermarked.
If the license file is missing or if you have exceeded the license limits, a
HTTP response 402 Payment Required will be returned. Details on what limit(s)
have been exceeded can be found from
The response will also display the version numbers for the various installed Vidispine components.
(Also called Cloud licensing)
This license model was introduced in order to license Vidispine instances running in environments with non-persistent MAC-address allocation, such as on virtual hosts, Microsoft Azure etc. The model allows you to set up your own license master to sublicense your Vidispine instances, i.e. slaves. Vidispine also offers a hosted master license service for such environments.
The terms master and slave only refer to how the licensing is policed and has no relation to the actual role of your Vidispine instance.
Vidispine hosted license service¶
Vidispine offers a redundant online master license service for licensing of
Vidispine systems in environments with non-persistent MAC-addresses. All you
need is a
slaveAuth.lic file for your server - contact us
at email@example.com for further information.
Configure your own master-slave setup¶
In order to set up your own license master, the master node(s) must reside on a server with a persistent MAC-address.
You need the following files:
- A master license key (
License.lic) to license your master node.
- A slave license key (
Slave.lic) to be installed on your master node (via the API) in order to allow slaves to connect to the master.
- A slave connection string file (
slaveAuth.lic) on the slave node(s) in order for the slave(s) to find the master.
The master and slave licenses are paired together by the property
MasterIdentifier, which needs to be equal in both files. The slave license
and the slave connection string files are paired together by the property
SlaveIdentifier, which needs to be identical in both files.
Your master node needs to run the full Vidispine middleware (API) to enable the license master service.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a master & slave license key pair.
Install master license on master node¶
Copy the master license key
License.lic to your Java application server
domain root folder on the master node.
License validity and status can be seen in the response from
Install slave license on master node¶
Copy the slave license key
Slave.lic (corresponding to the master key) to the
license directory (
/etc/vidispine/) on the master node (do not rename the slave
license file to
License.lic, as this will overwrite the master node license file).
PUT /license/slave request on the master node to install
the slave license:.
If the slave license is called
Slave.lic (and located under
the request should be:
$ curl -X PUT -uadmin:admin http://localhost:8080/API/license/slave?path=Slave.lic
Install slave connection string file on slave (manual)¶
Create a file named
slaveAuth.lic containing the
IP-numbers of your master node(s). Copy the file to your Java application
server domain root folder on the slave node.
SlaveIdentifier property value must be equal to the
value in your slave license key installed on the master. The
property value must equal the IP numbers or DNS addresses of your master
SlaveIdentifier=your-slave-id MasterIP=http://192.168.0.1:8080/, http://my.other.server:8080/
Multiple IPs (comma separated) are supported for redundancy. A slave will automatically fail over to the secondary master if the primary master goes down, and vice versa.
License validity and status can be seen from
Install or update slave connection string (via the API)¶
The slave connection string can also be installed using
PUT /APInoauth/license/auth-info Content-Type: application/xml <SlaveAuthInfoDocument xmlns="http://xml.vidispine.com/schema/vidispine"> <masterHost>http://192.168.0.1:8080/</masterHost> <masterHost>http://my.other.server:8080/</masterHost> <slaveId>your-slave-id</slaveId> </SlaveAuthInfoDocument>
License validity and status can be seen from
See Slave management and monitoring on how to manage and monitor the connected slaves.
A heartbeat request is performed from the slaves towards the master every 60
seconds. A slave will automatically fail over to the secondary master if the
primary master goes down, and vice versa. If the slave does not receive a valid
license from any master within 180 minutes, the slave goes into read-only-mode
and it’s entry will be deleted from the list of slaves on the masters. A
GET /version on the slave will report “License status invalid”.
The slave will go back to normal operation as soon as any of the masters
become available again.