Q100584: How to roam a Nuke license from a server



License roaming is when a floating license is checked out for a number of days so you can keep running the program when off the network or offline.  This functionality is available for the Nuke family from Nuke 12.2v1 and above (earlier versions cannot roam a license) for customers with roaming enabled floating licenses.

By default any new floating licenses for new purchases or maintenance renewals will be generated as roaming enabled.  Existing customers with activate maintenance and floating licenses for Nuke, NukeX or NukeStudio can request an early upgrade to roaming enabled licenses by completing an online form at https://www.foundry.com/nuke-roaming-license.

More information about how license roaming works is available in Q100047: License roaming - how to use a floating licenses off your network


How to check if roaming is enabled for your licenses

The Licensing window in Nuke (available from Help > License from the menu) will have a "Roaming" button if Nuke is using a roaming enabled floating license (see first image below).  If it is not enabled it will just display info about the license (see the second image below).


How to roam a Nuke license 

NOTE: Before you roam a license, make sure you are running the mode of Nuke you need to roam a license for - e.g. if you need to use NukeX when off the network then launch Nuke in NukeX mode before you roam a license.




  1. Launch Nuke, NukeX or NukeStudio using a roaming enabled floating license
  2. From the Nuke menu click on Help > License and then on Roaming
  3. On the roaming window, enter a number of days you need to roam for and click on Roam
  4. Nuke will confirm if the roam was successful. 

You can then take the machine off the network and continue to use Nuke.  When you launch Nuke using a roamed license you will see a warning about the temporary license and how many days of roaming you have left.  Click on Launch to run Nuke.



How to return a roamed license

By default your machine will keep the license checked out for the full roaming period.  Once the roam times out the license will be available again on the license server and the machine cannot run Nuke until it reconnects to the network and license server.

If you want to return a roamed license you need to do this from the machine that checked the license out, it isn't possible to reclaim it from the license server itself. 

NOTE: Make sure you use the same mode of Nuke to return the roamed license that you used to take out the roam.  For example, if you roamed a full Nuke Studio license then launch Nuke Studio when you return the roamed license.

If you return the license in standard Nuke mode only the nuke_i license will return. You will then need to roam standard Nuke again then return the full license from Nuke Studio.



  1. Launch Nuke and click on Help > License from the menu, then click on Roaming on the Licensing window
  2. Click on Return Roam on the License Roaming window
  3. Nuke will confirm that the roamed license has been returned.  Exit the Nuke and the roamed license will go back to the server.



Q100047: Using a floating Modo license off the license server's network - roaming licenses

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