Software and licenses

Efficient license and update management for SIMATIC software

Efficient license and update management for automation- and drive-software

The constant development of software makes sure that all automation components are integrated at the latest levels. Today’s automation solutions must overcome a vast range of challenges. That calls for high-performance software – as efficient, flexible and reliable as possible, both now and in the future. Choosing the right license for your own application will keep your software cost-effectively up to date.

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The right solution for every use

Up-to-date industrial software is essential if you want to work efficiently and get reliable results. Yet even for software, costs have to remain transparent and explicable. That’s why SIMATIC as well as SINAMICS and SIMOTION software offers you not just a variety of license types, but useful tools to help you manage your licenses conveniently and keep your software up to date.


Licenses, contracts and form of delivery

Always the right license

Whether you need a license for a single workspace, a small team or an international corporation – Siemens has the right license for your application, so you can use your software cost-effectively in just the right way for your needs.


Trial License
Rental License
Single License
Floating License
Scope of functions
Permitted productive use
short, e.g. 21 days
limited, depending on product
Permitted installation units
1 device
1 device
1 device
multiple devices
License storage
local / server
Why not start with a Trial Licence?

TIA Portal Trial License

Automation License Manager


The Automation License Manager (ALM) makes managing all your licenses especially efficient, and as easy as pie. It reduces management effort and expense and provides transparency about the software you’re using, right down to the machine level.


  • Manage licenses locally or with server support
    You can use your licenses within the company network or locally
  • License overview
    ALM gives you a very convenient overview of all the licenses available
  • Get licenses online
    You can download licenses easily via drag & drop from the Siemens Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform

The Automation License Manager is an integral part of the software product or can be downloaded via Online Support. It provides a complete overview of all your available licenses.
It makes it faster and easier than ever before to manage existing licenses and get new ones.

You can download software directly through the Automation License Manager. Transfer licenses directly by drag & drop from the Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform to your hard disk.

Software Update Service (SUS) - Automatically at the latest level

The Software Update Service (SUS) is the fastest, easiest way to keep your software up to date anytime – automatically and at a cost that can fit your budget.

When you order the Software Update Service for your product, you’ll get every upgrade and service pack of your software product, delivered at no charge right to your workplace for a whole year. All you need is a valid software license for the latest available version.


  • Fast and up to date 
    Upgrades and Service Packs are available immediately after they’re released
  • Proactive
    You’ll get the SIMATIC software product delivered at no charge right to your workplace or be notified automatically about updates via e-mail
  • Transparent
    You can check and manage all SUS contracts via the SUS Manager
  • Manageable cost 
    An economical flat annual fee for software maintenance

All updates at your fingertips: the OSD Contract Manager

The OSD Contract Manager gives you complete transparency about your SUS contracts. You can filter, select and edit your contracts easily to suit your own needs.


Besides helping you change your standing delivery address, the OSD Contract Manager also helps you convert the form of delivery for your SUS contract to SUS Download, with no complications.


Just access the OSD Contract Manager using the Industry Mall login you already have. Or launch the SUS Manager directly and conveniently from the Automation License Manager (ALM).


You’ll get notices about your change orders and other orders by e-mail.

Always up to date, at no additional charge

No matter whether you’re making minor adjustments and optimizations, or loading entirely new software versions with higher performance and more functions – when you order an SUS, you’ve made a sustainable decision that will keep you easily and conveniently up to date for the life of your contract.

You have the choice – SUS forms of delivery at a glance (shown at an example of 3 contracts)

SUS Download

Initial delivery

  • 1 email with information on downloading the 3 Certificates Of Contract (COC)

Subsequent delivery (Service Pack)

  • 1 email with information on downloading the software, files

Subsequent delivery (Upgrades)

  • 1 email with information on downloading
  • Software, files
  • 3 license keys
  • 3 Certificates Of License (COL)

SUS Package

Initial delivery

  • 3 packaging units with 1 Certificate Of Contract (COC) each

Subsequent delivery (Service Pack)

  • 3 data storage media sets

Subsequent delivery (Upgrades)

  • 3 packaging units, each with:
  • 1 data storage media set
  • 1 memory stick with 1 license key
  • 1 Certificate Of License (COL)

SUS Compact

Initial delivery

  • 1 packaging unit with 3 Certificates Of Contract (COC)

Subsequent delivery (Service Pack)

  • 1 data storage media set

Subsequent delivery (Upgrades)

  • 1 packaging unit with:
  • 1 data storage media set
  • 1 memory stick with 3 license keys
  • 3 Certificates Of License (COL)

The clever alternative to conventional SUS deliveries – SUS Download

SUS downloads are a new way of delivery that automatically provides all released materials for your software for downloading. That goes for all contract documents, licenses, upgrades and updates. So you can be sure the automation software you’re using will always stay up to date, anytime, right away – and without any of the additional logistical effort and environmental pollution that comes with sending physical data media.

Online Software Delivery – the up-to-date option

You can benefit from the opportunities of the Internet for automation software too, with fast software downloads.


Why wait if it’s faster?


Just download your new software, together with the license keys, from the Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform – no matter where or when. That gives you faster access to software packages and Service Packs.



  • Up-to-date, available anytime 
    You get all released materials for SIMATIC software at the touch of a key
  • Fast
    You can launch the software as soon as you get it
  • As reliable as ever
    As reliable as shipping software via conventional mail – but a lot faster
  • Environmentally friendly
    No environmental pollution from materials or the shipping process


Here’s how Online Software Delivery works

Order the software to be downloaded, along with the Software Update Service and the associated license keys, by way of the Industry Mall. Choose the download version you want for your product by way of the item number there. After that, you’ll get an e-mail with your access information so you can download the license and your software.


Please note that products in the Industry Mall that are available for download are identified like this:


****************** e-mail address required for delivery

⊙↓ This product is downloadable only.