Installation and licensing workflow

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Installation and licensing workflow

To use Tekla Structures, you need to have a license. The installation steps you need to take are different depending on the type of license you have: for on-premises licensing, you need to install additional tools, which are not necessary when using online licenses.

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Tekla Structures license types

Tekla Structures cannot be used without a valid license. There are two types of licenses: online licenses and on-premises licenses.

  • An online license is connected to your Trimble Identity. The license is delivered directly to the Tekla Online Admin tool, where your company's Tekla Online account administrators can assign the online licenses to individual users. When Tekla Structures starts, you log in to Trimble's cloud to reserve your license.

    • For a free online learning license for Tekla Structures, visit the Tekla Campus site. Note that you are not allowed to use this configuration for commercial work.

  • If you have on-premises or on-demand licenses, you need to install a license server on your computer or on a separate server in your internal network. Tekla Structures connects to your local license server to check your license.

If you manage your own installation of Tekla Structures

Note: To ensure a good experience using our software, make sure your computer meets the Tekla Structures 2021 hardware recommendations .
If your organization has no main user who manages Tekla Structures for you, your installation proceeds like this:
  1. Make sure you have your Trimble Identity set up:

    1. If you have received an email invitation from Trimble to create a Trimble Identity, follow the instructions in the email to create your account to ensure you have the correct access rights.

      If you wish to use a different email address for this account, create the account using your invitation first and then change the email address.

    2. If you have not received an invitation, you can create a new Trimble Identity to download the software. Click here to create a new Trimble Identity.

      To have access to your online licenses, you must be added to a Tekla Online organization group by your company's account administrator. For more information, see Create your Trimble Identity.

  2. Go to your email, and click the activation link in the email you receive from

  3. After confirming your email, Log in at, fill in all the required profile information, and click Save.

  4. Download the installation package for Tekla Structures and at least one of the Tekla Structures environments from Tekla Downloads. At the site, click Download for a guided experience that ensures you have all necessary files.

  5. Install the software:

    1. Run the Tekla Structures installer and make sure the installation finishes successfully.

      See Install the Tekla Structures software if you need more detailed instructions.

    2. Run the environment installer(s).

      If you do not install any environment, only the Blank environment is available. Do not use the Blank environment to edit models or drawings; it is only a starting point meant as a basis for building your own full customized environment and does not contain all of the tools and configurations you need to work efficiently.

After you have completed the Tekla Structures and environment installation:
  1. If you have an online license, you can now start Tekla Structures and select the default Use your Tekla online license licensing option.

    After you log in, you can select from the licensed configurations that have been activated for you. Licenses can be from your Tekla Online organization, or assigned to you as an external license user in some other organization. If you purchase your own licenses, you can manage them in the Admin tool.

    For more information on the Admin tool and online licenses, see Manage user accounts for Tekla products.

  2. If you have on-premises licenses, install the license server software on your computer and activate your license before starting Tekla Structures.

    For details, see Tekla Structures on-premises licensing.

  3. Start learning how to use Tekla Structures:

If someone manages Tekla Structures for you

If your organization has a Tekla Structures administrator (IT administrator or main user), you should follow their instructions for installation and licensing. You may still need to consider the following points:
  • You need an account to access Tekla online services and online licenses. If your company's administrator has not invited you to your organization and assigned online licenses to you, ask to join so that you have access to all Tekla online services and licenses:

    Create your Trimble Identity

  • In most cases, your company's Tekla Structures administrator will prepare a customized installation package for you or install the software for you. Ask your administrator for further instructions.

Start learning how to use Tekla Structures:

If you manage Tekla Structures for other users

The general workflow for a new Tekla Structures deployment can go for example like this:
  1. Make sure you have your Trimble Identity set up. For instructions, see Create your Trimble Identity.

  2. Install Tekla Structures for your own use and start customizing it for your organization. See Install the Tekla Structures software.

  3. If you are responsible for managing Tekla Structures users and online licenses, add users to your organization group in the Tekla Online Admin tool to give them full access to Tekla online services and the necessary online licenses.

    For more information on the Admin tool and online licenses, see Manage user accounts for Tekla products.

  4. Deploy Tekla Structures to the users in your organization.

  5. Continue developing your organization's customizations and redeploy as needed.

For administrator instructions, see the Manage Tekla Structures section of our product guides.

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