Setting up PSCAD and Lock-Based (Network) Licensing

In this setup, lock-based licensing will be set up on your server, for sharing licensing with client machines over your Network. The PSCAD software and compiler will be set up on your client machines.

1. For the Server Machine

     What You Will Need

  • The associated USB lock and License.txt file

  • The License Manager software
    The latest download is posted here
  • The server must meet the system requirements for network lock-based licensing and using the License Manager, as listed in Charts 4.2, 4.4 and 5 of the posted document


  • Install the License Manager as per the instructions listed in this article.

  • If you chose to not install the license database file as part of the above step, install the file as per instructions in this article.

  • Securely plug in the USB lock on the server.
    If the server is virtual, the Passthru Mode or USB Server can be used.

  • The server should now be set up and ready to share licensing with PSCAD client machines over the Network.

2. For the PSCAD Client Machines

     What You Will Need

  • The PSCAD software:

    The download is normally obtained through the user's MyCentre user account.
    If not, please send an email from your facility's domain to the MHI Sales Desk to request that the download be added to your account.

  • The server machine IP address or name:

    This information will be entered into the PSCAD application, when activating a license.

  • Third-party Fortran compiling software:

    Compiling software is required, for building your PSCAD projects before they can be run.
    Two free GFortran compilers come bundled with the PSCAD installer, and separately as per this article.
    Or, you can use an Intel compiler/Microsoft Visual Studio combination to build your projects.
    Further details are available from this article.

  • System requirements:

    The PSCAD client machine must meet the system requirements for running PSCAD and for network lock-based licensing, as listed in Charts 1, 2, 3, 4.2, and 4.4 of the posted document.


  • Install and license your software as per the Quick Start document posted to this article.

  • Test your compiler setup as per this article.

If you have any setup questions, please contact