This article explains how lớn locate, clayên ổn, và export sản phẩm keys from For more information about activating a sản phẩm with a key, retail & volume license versions of keys, & daily hàng hóa key claim limits, visit the sản phẩm keys overview.

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Locating and claiming hàng hóa keys

You must be signed in khổng lồ your Visual Studio subscription to lớn view your hàng hóa keys. Individual sản phẩm keys are found by selecting the xanh Get Key link for a particular sản phẩm on the Downloads page as shown below. All keys are also available in aggregate on the Product Keys page. When multiple keys exist for a single hàng hóa, notes will be displayed on the Notes column for the tải về khổng lồ assist you in identifying which key should be used.


Some products bundle multiple editions of the sản phẩm inkhổng lồ a single download. In these cases, the hàng hóa key entered determines which edition of the hàng hóa is installed.Some keys are provided automatically, such as “static” keys, which you can use as many times as needed because activation is not required. Other keys must be claimed by selecting the Get Key links for the sản phẩm.

Various key types are available, depending on the hàng hóa.

Product key types

Key TypeDescription
Not ApplicableNo key is needed khổng lồ install this hàng hóa.
RetailRetail keys allow multiple activations & are used for retail builds of the sản phẩm. In many cases, 10 activations are allowed per key, though often more are allowed on the same machine.
Multiple ActivationA Multiple Activation Key (MAK) enables you to lớn activate multiple installations of a sản phẩm with the same key. MAKs are used with Volume Licensing versions of products. Typically, only one MAK key is provided per subscription.
Static Activation KeyStatic activation keys are provided for products that bởi vì not require activation. They can be used for any number of installations.
Custom KeyCustom keys provide special actions or information khổng lồ activate or install the hàng hóa.
VA 1.0Multiple activation keys, similar khổng lồ a MAK.
OEM KeyOriginal Equipment Manufacturer keys that allow multiple activations.

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DreamSpark Retail KeyRetail keys for DreamSpark allow one activation. DreamSpark Retail keys are issued in batches and are primarily intended for student consumption.
DreamSpark Lab KeyLab use keys for DreamSpark programs that allow multiple activations. DreamSpark Lab Keys are intended for use in university computer lab scenarquả táo.
DreamSpark MAK KeyMAK keys for DreamSpark program customers.

You can clayên ổn a key from the tải về page for the sản phẩm, or you can tìm kiếm for the key you need on the Product Keys page.

Claiming sản phẩm keys

Only subscribers with active subscriptions can tải về products & clalặng hàng hóa keys. You can export your claimed keys from the Product Keys page while your subscription is active.

To clayên a sản phẩm key:

Sign in to lớn your Visual Studio subscription. You must be signed in to lớn download products or clayên hàng hóa keys.Product keys are listed alphabetically by the name of the sản phẩm. You can either scroll down lớn the name of the desired sản phẩm, or tìm kiếm for it using the search bar at the top of the page.


In this example, we’ve used the search bar khổng lồ locate a hàng hóa key for Visual Studio Enterprise 2019.As you can see, there are several versions listed. One key each has already been claimed for Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 versions 16.0 và 16.1. Additional keys of different types are still available for both versions. Notice that you can record a brief note about claimed keys in the Notes column. You can use this with the date in the Claimed column to lớn keep traông chồng of the keys you’ve claimed. You might, for example, make notes when you activate an installation of the sản phẩm using the key.

Exporting your claimed keys

You can export a danh mục of the keys you have sầu claimed. This includes a large selection of static và other keys that are automatically marked as “claimed” for you.


If your subscription expires, you will no longer be able to clayên new keys or export your claimed keys.

To export your keys, select the Export all keys link at the far right of the Product Keys page. An .xml tệp tin entitled KeysExport.xml will be created, and you can choose lớn open or save sầu the file. You will need to lớn open the file with an application capable of handling .xml files. For example, you can open the file as a read-only workbook in Excel.


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Next steps

When you"re ready lớn tải về software & use keys, visit For more information about downloading software, see the downloading overview.