Cannot check out floating license, but have borrowed a license recently

Liz Sanderson
Liz Sanderson
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FME Version

  • FME 2016.x


Sometimes FME may tell you to return a borrowed license when you do not have one, or you simply cannot get a floating license after borrowing one.


Your machine may think it has a borrowed license when it does not. This can happen if you force a restart of the license server, uninstall/reinstall FME, or edit FME license files, while FME has a borrowed license.

The fact that a license is borrowed is stored in the Windows registry. If you have been editing FME in some way while a license is borrowed, this registry key may not have been updated properly.


On the FME machine that cannot obtain a license, please do the following:

1. Please open the registry by going to Start -> Run -> regedit

Look for the key here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager\Borrow\

Delete any keys that have borrow in the name and infoborrow.
Delete Borrowing license.png

2. Please delete the following files under the folder \FME\licenses\

  • flexlm_config.dat
  • flexlm_plugins.dat
  • fme_license.dat

3. Open FME Assistant and connect to the license server.

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