PhraseExpress must be licensed for professional use and to disable license notifications for advanced features.

You can register, deregister and review the status of your license key(s).


If using PhraseExpress with a SQL server, client licensing is managed centrally by the PhraseExpress SQL Client Manager.

To register a stand-alone installation:
  1. Copy the entire license key (begins with "PEX…".) into the clipboard.
  2. Open the PhraseExpress main program window and select Help » Register for professional use in the main menu.
  3. Paste the clipboard into the license key input field.
  4. Press the Register button to register the license key.

After successful registration, the program window title changes to either "Standard", "Pro" or "Enterprise Edition" depending on your purchased license.

If multiple persons share the same Mac account name, each person needs a separate license.

License keys can be transferred between Windows and Mac (but not used simultaneously).

A desktop version license does not include a license for iOS. The iOS version is a separate purchase in the Apple Appstore.

The license registration requires a short-time internet connection (Privacy policy).

If PhraseExpress is installed on a computer, the license key is tied to your Mac account name. You can register the license on up to three Macs on which you use the same Mac account name. Example: "Jon" and "Jonny" are not the same Mac account name. Those are different and the software cannot identify, whether it belongs to the same person. The Mac account name of your Mac which is used by PhraseExpress can be reviewed in the window "About PhraseExpress":

The name started here must be the same to use the same license key. Otherwise, you would need separate license keys. If you need to change the account name, please read the Apple support information.


To remove the license key association from the specific user name:
  1. Make sure to be logged in with the user name you have been logged in when you registered PhraseExpress.
  2. Open the PhraseExpress program window and click Help » About PhraseExpress.
  3. Check if the user name is shown you wish to remove the license key from.
  4. Select Remove license.

After successful deregistration, you can use the license key to register a PhraseExpress with another Mac account name or on a Windows PC.

This operation requires an internet connection to remove the license key association (Privacy policy).

You must not continue to use a deregistered PhraseExpress installation for professional activities anymore.

Maintenance renewal

The end of maintenance is encoded in the first set of four digits of the license key: For example, "0620" stands for a maintenance expiration in June, 2020. If you renew maintenance, you will receive a new license key and the old license key becomes invalid.

To renew maintenance for an existing, registered software installation:
  1. De-register the current license key.
  2. Register the new license key.

License status

To review the current license status and maintenance time left, select Help » About PhraseExpress in the main program window.

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