Who Uses This Software?

Small- to medium-businesses and indie developers which build desktop apps, server software, and other digital products.


Average Ratings

6 reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service
  • 4.5 / 5
    Features
  • 5 / 5
    Value for Money

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $19/month
  • Free Version
    No
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Live Online
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Keygen
  • https://keygen.sh
  • Founded 2016

About This Software

Keygen is a cloud-based software licensing and distribution service for desktop apps, server software, and other digital products. Keygen's developer-focused APIs can handle everything from identity management, license keys, machine activations, as well as distribution via download links and auto-updates. With support for licensing models such as: node-locked, floating, timed trials, feature-licenses, etc., Keygen is able to handle licensing for just about any software product.


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Keygen Features

  • Automatic SKU Recognition
  • Central LM Server
  • Copy Protection
  • History Tracking
  • Node Management
  • Online Activation
  • Portable License
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Timing Rights
  • Trial License

Keygen Most Helpful Reviews

Keygen is tremendous, being easy to work with, flexible, and well documented.

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5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Using Keygen saved me the trouble of building and maintaining my own licensing server and strategy. It is easy to work with, reliable, and affoardable.

Pros: Keygen is one of the rare products that is legitimately satisfying to work with. It's obvious that the creator cares deeply about the quality of the product. From my own experience there are so many things that work well: - the interface is well designed
- the API is flexible, logical and easy to work with
- the documentation is clear and comprehensive
- there are a wide array of well documented implementation examples on GitHub
- the product is in active development
- support is responsive and unusually helpful
I'm the solo designer/developer of a well known design tool. When I decided to switch to subscription pricing, I began building my own licensing server. Part way through the process I learned about Keygen. After reading through the documentation and speaking to support about my goals, I immediately abandoned my own licensing server in favor of cloud functions and Keygen. I have zero regrets.

Cons: Since Keygen is billed monthly, it's most viable for services that also have some sort of recurring billing, or that have a reliable revenue stream. Hobbyist developers will probably have a hard time justifying the cost, despite how good the product is. I mention this more as a heads-up to those investigating than as a negative, as I don't think there would be any other way for Keygen to make money that would also be useful for one-time-purchase software.

Software licensing made simple, professionally and at a reasonable cost

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5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have a great product for a specific market. We did not want to develop an entire licensing solution from scratch. As we though that thousands of other companies required software licencing too, there had to be a generic solution out there that addresses the problem. So we can invest our time developing our core software, and not the licensing for the product. Keygen resolved this problem beyond our expectations. Allowing us to have even more granularity that originally thought possible.

Pros: Keygen has a price point that works for our business model. Flexible thanks to metadata fields for each object that you can use to customize your product features and requirements. Credit card integration to automate sale workflows. Simple to implement, super strong security and multiple licensing models supported. I've never been so happy to find a new product/service since I discovered Amazon!

Cons: I spend weeks Googling for software licensing solutions on the cloud. I was only finding very expensive solutions, some of which try to charge you a percentage of the price of your product. Just ridiculous, it's more like a VAT charge proposition than anything else. But finding Keygen was really difficult. Maybe because the word Keygen is too generic for search engines, or maybe because we were not using the proper tags. But we found Keygen on a forum comment, not on Google. First time ever that this happens to us!