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Licensing & Administration - New in Rhino 6


We have added a new way to license Rhino that will change where and when Rhino is available for you to use. Now there are three ways to license Rhino:

  1. Cloud Zoo (New) - Make your licenses available anywhere in the world through a login.
  2. Single-Computer - License Rhino to one single computer.
  3. Zoo - Float a set of Rhino licenses within your private network.

We believe the new Cloud Zoo method is the best way for most people to license Rhino:

Easy Set Up
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Install. Login. Run.
Install. Validate. Run.
Requires server set up, configuration, and maintenance of a Zoo server.
Run Anywhere
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Occasional internet connection required. You'll have days of warning reminding you to connect.
No network required.
Requires LAN or VPN connection to Zoo server.
License Available Offline
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Occasional internet connection required. You'll have days of warning reminding you to connect.
No network required.
Requires LAN or VPN connection to Zoo server.
License All Your Computers
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Login and run Rhino on all your computers.
Requires LAN or VPN connection to Zoo server.
Share Your Licenses*
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Add your license* to a Rhino Accounts team to share with your teammates.
Requires LAN or VPN connection to Zoo server.
Manage Teams Worldwide
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No configuration required.
Rhino requires a VPN connection to your Zoo server.
Track License Usage
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No Client Configuration
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No configuration required.
Requires license validation.
Requires LAN or VPN connection to Zoo server.
No Servers to Maintain
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We'll manage the licensing servers for you.
Buy and maintain your own server for your Zoo server.
Automated License Provisioning
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Create a domain-linked team. Your teammates will automatically join your team and get licenses.

*Educational single-user and Not For Resale licenses cannot be shared.

Cloud Zoo Licensing

Cloud Zoo Licensing is the newest way to license Rhino. The Cloud Zoo has many benefits:

  • For individual users, use your Rhino Accounts login to use Rhino. This means Rhino can be used on any computer.
  • For corporations and schools, Cloud Zoo can simplify license distribution. Organizations can create a pool of licenses and share the licenses with team members.
  • Work online or offline. No need to check out licenses, so you should not be caught out on the road without a license.
  • Licensing will even work without a constant internet connection.
  • Let McNeel manage the license server infrastructure.

Teams on the Cloud Zoo

For corporations and schools, the Cloud Zoo supports the creation of teams. Teams are groups of people that can use a set of licenses in the Zoo.

Domain Linked Teams

For easier administration of larger teams, accounts linked through a domain can be set up. Anybody with an email address matching that domain can automatically join your domain-linked team and have access to your licenses - no invitation email verification is required. Domain-linked teams support custom authentication providers (Google, Active Directory, or One Login) to keep your user management centralized. Link your team to a domain.

Single-Computer Licensing

Single-Computer licensing will lock a license directly to a specific computer. You can move a license to a different computer. Simply remove it from the old one and install it on the new one, with no need to contact McNeel & Associates. If you want to share your license across multiple computers, add your license to the Cloud Zoo instead.

Zoo Licensing

Zoo server software is free to download and run on a server in a private network. With the Zoo manage all your licenses centrally from the Zoo server, making them available to anybody on your private network. Access from home or satellite offices requires a VPN connection.

See the Zoo website for more details....


We have worked hard to make Rhino easier to install and configure. Please check out the new System Requirements.

Simplified Installation

Rhino's installer engine has been completely rewritten to better detect - and recover from - problems.

Options Editor

All settings are consolidated in a new User Interface making them easier to find, modify, compare, and share.