Authorizing Portal for ArcGIS

Each installation of Portal for ArcGIS needs to be authorized for use. You can visit to obtain your authorization numbers (similar in format to ECP123456789) for use in the software or to create a provisioning file which can be used to complete the authorization process.

Once you've obtained your authorization, you can launch the Software Authorization Wizard from your desktop or you can authorize Portal for ArcGIS silently from the command line. For instructions, see the sections below.

From the desktop

The instructions for launching the Software Authorization Wizard vary depending on your operating system:

Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

Navigate to the Apps page and choose ArcGIS > Software Authorization.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/R2

Choose Programs > ArcGIS > Portal for ArcGIS > Software Authorization.

Silent authorization

Run the command below to silently authorize Portal for ArcGIS:

<System disk drive>\Program Files\Common Files\ArcGIS\bin\SoftwareAuthorization.exe -s -ver 10.2 -lif <path to authorization file>

Choose the authorization option

You can authorize Portal for ArcGIS by choosing one of two options: