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


To check the current status of your trial period or the status of your license, on the SQL Complete menu, point to Help, and then click About.
Trial Status

dbForge SQL Complete can be activated either online or offline.

Online activation

This activation method requires an active Internet connection.

To activate dbForge SQL Complete online:

  1. On the SQL Complete menu, point to Help, and then click Activate Product. 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

  2. Click Activate.


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.

Offline activation

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

To activate dbForge SQL Complete offline:

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

    Manual Activation

  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 SQL Complete and click the Load license… button. Specify the location of the downloaded .lic file and click Open.


To learn how to activate and use SQL Complete Express Edition, feel free to refer to this blog article.