Unless activated, dbForge Documenter for SQL Server works on the trial basis for 30 days. When this time period expires, dbForge Documenter for SQL Server must be activated with the purchased activation key.

dbForge Documenter for SQL Server can be activated either online, or offline.

Online activation

This activation method requires an active Internet connection.

To activate dbForge Documenter for SQL Server online:

  1. If you have not purchased dbForge Documenter for SQL Server, click Buy Now… on the pop-up window that appears at the start of dbForge Documenter for SQL Server. If you already have your activation key, click Activate…*. Alternatively, click Activate Product on the Help menu.


  2. The Activation window opens. Copy your activation key from the e-mail that was sent to you after your purchase, and paste it into the edit box. The activation key looks like a long sequence of letters and digits.

    Activation window

    Note: If you do not see the e-mail with the activation key, be advised to check your Junk/ Spam/Bulk folders. You can always retrieve your activation key at your Customer Portal page.

  3. Click Activate.

Offline activation

Offline activation allows activating dbForge Documenter for SQL Server right at the Devart web site. This activation method helps activating the product when the online activation fails.

To activate dbForge Documenter for SQL Server offline:

  1. Click the Manual Activation button on the Activation window. It opens when online activation fails.

    Activation failed

  2. Copy the activation request text with the Copy to Clipboard button, or save it to a text file with the Save to File… button.

    Manual Activation

  3. Open the Manual Product Activation page of the Devart web site, and paste the copied text in the text box. Click Download license. The license file with the .lic extension is downloaded to your computer.

    Activation page

  4. Return back to the Activation window of dbForge Documenter for SQL Server and click the Load license… button.
  5. Specify the location of the downloaded .lic file and click Open.