Offline activation pdfaPilot CLI

How to activate your callas pdfaPilot CLI license on a system that is not connected to the internet.


To use any callas product on a computer, you need to activate it first. This is true if you have bought a license key but also if you want to run the trial software. This article explains how the normal activation procedure for callas pdfaPilot CLI works and which steps you have to go through.


Activation code request

Open a terminal window and change to your pdfaPilot CLI installation directory.


pdfaPilot --keycode <name> <company> <licenceCode>


  • name: Name of license (e.g. "Registered User").
  • company: Name of company (e.g. "User's company").
  • licenceCode: Licence key obtained from the registration card.

To make a request for a trial version, please use the keyword "trial” instead of the licenseCode (for a pdfaPilot trial version).
You will see a textual output which contains several lines starting with '@@‘.

These lines starting with '@@‘ have to be sent by email to the callas activation server. The mail address to use is mentioned in the first line of the output.
You can use your standard mail client on any system that is connected to the internet.

In reply to this email you will receive an activation file. Place this file on a location on the system you’re attempting to activate.


After having received the automatical reply e-mail to the activation request, save the attached licence file to the file system.


pdfaPilot --activate <licence file>


licence file: Full path to licence file.



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