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ArchiCAD F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

The following questions are frequently asked by our ArchiCAD Userbase.

Which type of ArchiCAD dongle do I have?

ArchiCAD requires a hardware protection key to run in unlimited "full" or "commercial" mode.
There are two types of protection key, 'WibuKey' and 'Codemeter'.

WibuKey is a green plastic USB key.
WibuKey was introduced with ArchiCAD 7.0. WibuKey licenses are backward compatible, meaning that with an ArchiCAD 13 license you can run anything from ArchiCAD 6.0r5 to ArchiCAD 13.
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Codemeter is a chrome-finish USB key.
Codemeter was introduced with ArchiCAD 13, and is now the standard dongle type for all future ArchiCAD licenses.
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How do I ugrade my ArchiCAD dongle?

Your ArchiCAD Dongle be re-programmed via the Graphisoft remote key upgrade site
This allows your ArchiCAD 15 license to be transferred to the dongle.
When the website is shown, your ArchiCAD dongle number will be shown on screen, click on the "Load/Upgrade Selected Keyplug", and follow the simple steps through the process.

If you are asked for a 10-digit code during the upgrade process, please send an email to with your dongle number, and we will get the code portion of the upgrade removed.

What is the difference between ArchiCAD and ArchiCAD Solo Edition?

ArchiCAD Solo Edition is a low-cost version of ArchiCAD.
Some functionality has been removed, including:

Of course, if you want to take advantage of the entire range of ArchiCAD features and benefits, you can upgrade at any time to the current, full version of ArchiCAD and continue editing your previous projects with it.

Last Updated: 27 August 2012