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LicenseManager Class

Provides properties and methods to add a license to a component and to manage a LicenseProvider. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ExternalProcessMgmt = true)]
public sealed class LicenseManager


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalProcessMgmt. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The LicenseManager class provides the following static properties: CurrentContext and UsageMode. The class also provides the following static methods: CreateWithContext, IsValid, and Validate.

When you create a component that you want to license, you must do the following:

  1. Specify the LicenseProvider by marking the component with a LicenseProviderAttribute.

  2. Call Validate or IsValid in the constructor of the component. Validate throws a LicenseException when it tries to create an instance without a valid license. IsValid does not throw an exception.

  3. Call Dispose on any license that is granted when the component is disposed or finalized.

For more information on licensing, see How to: License Components and Controls.

The following code example creates a licensed control using the Validate method. It uses a LicenseProvider that is implemented by the LicFileLicenseProvider class.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;

// Adds the LicenseProviderAttribute to the control.
public class MyControl : Control 

   // Creates a new, null license. 
   private License license = null;

   public MyControl () 

      // Adds Validate to the control's constructor.
      license = LicenseManager.Validate(typeof(MyControl), this);

      // Insert code to perform other instance creation tasks here.

   protected override void Dispose(bool disposing) 
         if (license != null) 
            license = null;



Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0