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

dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server can be activated either online or offline.

Online activation

This activation method requires an active Internet connection.

To activate dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server online:

1. If you have not purchased dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server, click Buy Now… on the pop-up window that appears at the launch of the product after the trial period expires. If you have your activation key already, click Activate…

Trial expired

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 key


If you do not see the e-mail with the activation key, check your Junk/ Spam/Bulk folders. You can always retrieve your activation key at your CustomerPortal page.

3. Click Activate.

Offline activation

Offline activation allows activating dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server right at the Devart website. This activation method helps activate the product if the online activation fails.

To activate dbForge Schema Compare 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.


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

Activation page

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

Activating using the command line

It is also possible to activate Schema Compare via the command line:

1. Open a command prompt.

2. Navigate to the folder where your product executable file is located.

3. Run a command with the following syntax:

schemacompare /activate /key: