How do I license Houdini Apprentice?

By starting Houdini for the first time or without an active license, you will be prompted with two options:

Apprentice License Prompt

Choose the first option: Install (or reinstall) my free Houdini Apprentice license and click Next.

You will be prompted to accept the Side Effects Software License Agreement to continue.

An Internet connection is required.

You should now be able to view the non-commercial Apprentice licenses with the License Administrator.

Apprentice Licenses Installed


While Apprentice users are able to log into the License Administrator, non-commercial Apprentice licenses cannot be installed here. Installing licenses through License Administrator is reserved for Indie and Commercial users only.

Apprentice License Login