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About QNAP Licenses

QNAP offers a wide variety of licenses. Some basic licenses are provided free of charge. You can purchase premium licenses to further enhance the functionality of your QNAP products. QNAP also provides multiple management portals, flexible subscription plans, and various activation options to meet your different needs.

License Types and Plans

The licensing mechanisms and available plans of QNAP licenses vary depending on corresponding software products. They can be divided into the following categories.

Table 1. License Types

License Types



  • Allows users to use a software product installed on hardware devices, such as applications.

  • Multi-seat licenses can be activated and used on multiple devices.


  • Allows users to use a software product in the cloud or on a virtual platform, such as QuTScloud and applications in QuTScloud.

  • Can be activated and used on a limited number of devices at a time


  • Allows a limited number of authorized users to access a web-based service, such as Qmiix.

Table 2. License Plans

License Plans



Authorizes users to use a software product with a recurring monthly or annual fee


Authorizes users to use a software product indefinitely


Authorizes users to use a software product within a predefined period of time

Validity Period

The validity period of a QNAP subscription-based license starts from the date of purchase, not from the date of activation.

For example, if a user starts the subscription of an annual license on January 1, 2020, the next billing date will be January 1, 2021, regardless of the date of activation. If the user cancels the subscription, the license will still remain valid until January 1, 2021.

If the user unsubscribes from a license but subscribes to the same product later, the validity period and billing cycle will begin from the date of the new subscription.