Set up License

The Ontotext Platform is available under a commercial time-based license. It is neither free, nor open source. To purchase a license or obtain a copy for evaluation, please contact the Ontotext sales team.

The Platform can be started without a license, but all requests will fail until one is provided.

Set Up License in the Workbench

The easiest wey to set up an Ontotext Platform License is to use the Workbench. Detailed information can be found in the Workbench documentation page section Set Up License

Set Up License Through a File

The Platform will look for a license file at a location set by the platform.license.file property. There are two ways to set this property:

  • Inside the file

  • As an environment variable

The format of this property is the following:



Example for setting the property within semantic-objects service volumes configuration in a docker-compose file:


# Replace /path/to/the/file/license_name.license with the path to the saved license

# - /path/to/the/file/license_name.license:/PLATFORM.license:ro

# Example: license saved in a folder ‘license’, created where the docker-compose file is saved

- ./license/EVALUATION_ONTOTEXT_PLATFORM_expires-dd-mm-yyyy.license:/PLATFORM.license:ro

Order of Preference

When looking for a license, the Platform will use the first license it finds in this order:

  • The environment variable platform.license.file.

  • The file set by the property platform.license.file within

License Information

License information, such as licensee, version, and expiry date will be printed out upon Platform startup. The same information can be found in the Platform Workbench home screen.