Arnold NLM Licensing Guide


Arnold uses the Autodesk Network License Manager


What is NLM?

NLM is the Autodesk Network License Manager.

You have NLM licenses if:

  • You have an annual subscription for Arnold purchased from a reseller or directly from Autodesk
  • You kept your maintenance plan (instead of switching to subscription)

NLM licenses are also known as

  • FlexLM licenses
  • multi-user licenses

An NLM license looks like this:

Example Autodesk network license  Expand source


What versions of Arnold use NLM?

Arnold 5.0.1 and later use Arnold 2018 NLM licenses.

Only monthly subscription licenses still use RLM.

To use an Autodesk license with an Arnold plug-in, you need:

  • MtoA 2.0.1 or later
  • C4DtoA 2.0.3 or later
  • HtoA 2.1.0 or later
  • MAXtoA 1.0.832 or later
  • KtoA 2.0.2 or later

An ARNOLD 2018 license works with any version of Maya, 3ds Max, CINEMA 4D, Houdini, or Katana, as long as you have at least the version listed above.


Monthly subscription licenses purchased from use RLM.







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