LicenseChecker Scenario

This topic outlines the steps required to license a custom transformer or workspace (author/publisher), and download the custom transformer or workspace to use (end-user).

Author/Publisher Steps

Company ABC has created an FME custom transformer called XTransformer, which performs geometry manipulations. ABC wants to publish XTransformer to the FME Store and protect this transformer by licensing.

Step 1: Register with Safe Software

First, the author (company ABC) needs to register with Safe Software Inc. in order to publish transformers to FME Store. Upon registration, the author will receive its unique registration code (for example, 45671111) from Safe Software.

Step 2: Validate Using the LicenseChecker

The author creates the XTransformer in FME Workbench and adds the LicenseChecker transformer to the data flow so that the translation succeeds only if the LicenseChecker transformer passes. Within the LicenseChecker, the author needs to specify the Vendor Registration received in step 1 and assign a custom key specifically for this XTransformer product.

A license file name needs to be specified in LicenseChecker. This file name will remain the same for all the licenses issued to the future end-users. To avoid possible conflict with other licenses, the license file name should be as unique as possible and include the publisher name. For example, xtransformer_com_abc.fmelic.

Step 3: Password Protect Transformer and Publish to FME Server

The author saves the XTransformer with password protection. (Open the Navigator and click Transformer Properties > Advanced > Password). The author then publishes the XTransformer to the FME_Store repository.

Step 4: Licensing the Transformer for an End-User

If an FME user wants to download and use the XTransformer, the user will contact the author by sending an e-mail with his or her FME registration key. Upon receiving the user’s key, the author will run the LicenseGenerator tool provided by Safe and generate a license file for the user. The license file should be named the same as the one specified in the LicenseChecker in Step 2.

A license file may support licensing single or multiple products. If the author has more than one product (for example, custom transformers or workspaces), these product names can be included in one license file and validated by separate LicenseChecker transformers.

For example, if the author has another custom transformer called YTransformer that does some attribute manipulations, ABC can use the LicenseGenerator tool to add both XTransformer and YTransformer to the same license file:


End-User Steps

Step 1: User Downloads Transformer from the FME Store

An FME user sees the XTransformer published by company ABC in the FME Store and downloads it to his local computer.

Step 2: Create and Run Workspace

The user creates an FME workspace that includes the newly downloaded XTransformer.

When running this workspace, the FME translation fails and gives an error message that says something like XTransformer is not licensed. Please contact for purchasing.

Step 3: Send License Request

The user will send a license request to the author, along with their FME registration key.

Step 4: License the Transformer

If the license request is granted by company ABC, the user will receive a license file xtransformer_com_abc.fmelic by e-mail. The user needs to copy this license file to the licenses subfolder of the FME installation folder (for example, C:\Program Files\FME\licenses).

Step 5: Run the Workspace with the Licensed Transformer

When the user runs the workspace with XTransformer again, the translation will succeed.