Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

5 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
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  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $19.00/month
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Keygen
  • keygen.sh
  • Founded 2016
  • United States

About Keygen

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 Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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.

Software licensing made simple, professionally and at a reasonable cost

Aug 27, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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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!

Overall: 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.

Very good documentation & support

Sep 10, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Documentation & support is really nice. Rest api documentation lives up to the newest standards, just like Stripe and WooCommerce. Easy integration with almost any type of software.

Cons: Reports endpoint is not yet available at this time, but developers said they collected data and would make available later & that was good news for uss. Also the website dashboard could need a better look & feel, but api is most important to uss & works well.

Overall: We have an up & running licensing system for our dekstop application (https://storepilot.com) with minimal work thx to keygen.

Keygen has flexible license management options backed by great customer support

Jul 27, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Keygen is enabling us to very quickly get licensing off the ground for a reasonable price and with great customer support to answer any questions.

It is easy to use with a well documented API and great examples, particularly for web applications. The documentation is available with examples for multiple programming languages and clearly walks through getting set up. The user control panel is very intuitive to use and manage users and licenses directly!

Cons: There are a few more web application examples than desktop examples. This is not a problem as the documentation is very easy to read for a desktop developer! Do not be afraid to dive into it!

Overall: Overall a great product that enables quick license integration with a very easy to use API!

Fantastic solution all-round. Highly Recommend it

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The sheer simplicity of it brings to licensing software. We were issuing licensing and validating them in minutes

Cons: I can't really say I've experienced an issues with the solution. I would like to see more features like the ability to add metadata though the UI, however it's already on the roadmap!

Overall: Saved time, money and made our customers happy. My staff are able to manage licenses with ease