Topic ID 2085

Can I change the default location where my software looks for the License Manager?

Applies to:
  • Minitab® Statistical Software
  • Minitab Workspace®

Yes, you can change the values that your software uses at startup to look for the location of the License Manager.


On a Windows computer, the location of the License Manager is stored in three locations. To modify these values, you need to modify an environment variable, the registry, and the license.ini file.

Modify the environment variable, MINITAB_LICENSE_FILE:
  • Type environment variables in the search box and press Enter.
  • In the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables and click OK.
Edit the registry key MINITAB LICENSE FILE using regedit.exe:
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager and update the value for the key named MINITAB_LICENSE_FILE.
Edit the license.ini file:
  • Go to C:\ProgramData\Minitab\ and open the file in Notepad.
  • Delete the line that references the license file. For example, in a license file located on MTBServer1: License File=@MTBServer1
  • Save the file and close it.

ProgramData is a hidden folder, by default.

For more detailed information, go to Topic ID 2112.