SciChart WPF SDK User Manual > Licensing

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Trial License

After downloading and installing SciChart, the first time you run a SciChart application, the trial license will start. The trial is a fully featured 30-day trial with no limitation in functionality.

The trial license displays a watermark “Powered by SciChart” but this is not shown in the full licensed version of SciChart.

At the end of your 30-day trial, applications you have built with SciChart will cease to work and you will not be able to keep working on them.

Once you purchase licenses, the license is perpetual with optional renewal to keep up to date (get support and get later builds).

Activating a Purchased License

If you have purchased licenses to SciChart, full instructions to license can be found on the web at

The SciChart Licensing is two step. First you need to apply a developer license. Without this you won't be able to compile & debug applications built with SciChart.

  1. Windows Start Menu -> Type SciChart Licensing Wizard -> Start the wizard
  2. Select ‘I would like to Activate a License Via the Internet’
  3. Enter your Username (not email), Password and Serial Key.
  4. Click ‘Activate’ to claim your license


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Secondly, you need to apply a runtime license key, which removes the 30-day trial restriction on end-user computers. The runtime key can be found in your License Certificate email. To apply the runtime key, you need to call SciChartSurface.SetRuntimeLicenseKey() once before any SciChartSurface is instantiated. A good place to do this is in App.xaml.cs, e.g.

Activating a Purchased License
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/// <summary>
/// Interaction logic for App.xaml
/// </summary>
public partial class App : Application
    public App()
        // Ensure SetLicenseKey is called once, before any SciChartSurface instance is created
        // Check this code into your version-control and it will enable SciChart
        // for end-users of your application.
        // You can test the Runtime Key is installed correctly by Running your application
        // OUTSIDE Of Visual Studio (no debugger attached). Trial watermarks should be removed.
          <Customer>My Company</Customer>
          <SupportExpires>07/06/2013 00:00:00</SupportExpires>

If your license has been applied correctly, you should be able to run your application on other PCs (without developer activation) and without seeing the "Powered by SciChart" watermark.

Troubleshooting Licensing & Activation

If you have trouble with licensing or activation, we have trouble-shooting steps online at 


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