This article explains how lớn locate, clayên, and export product keys from For more information about activating a product with a key, retail và volume license versions of keys, và daily product key clalặng limits, visit the hàng hóa keys overview.

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Locating và claiming sản phẩm keys

You must be signed in to your Visual Studio subscription to lớn view your sản phẩm keys. Individual hàng hóa keys are found by selecting the blue Get Key liên kết for a particular product on the Downloads page as shown below. All keys are also available in aggregate on the Product Keys page. When multiple keys exist for a single hàng hóa, notes will be displayed on the Notes column for the download to lớn assist you in identifying which key should be used.


Some products bundle multiple editions of the product inkhổng lồ a single tải về. In these cases, the hàng hóa key entered determines which edition of the hàng hóa is installed.Some keys are provided automatically, such as “static” keys, which you can use as many times as needed because activation is not required. Other keys must be claimed by selecting the Get Key link for the product.

Various key types are available, depending on the sản phẩm.

Product key types

Key TypeDescription
Not ApplicableNo key is needed to install this hàng hóa.
RetailRetail keys allow multiple activations and are used for retail builds of the hàng hóa. In many cases, 10 activations are allowed per key, though often more are allowed on the same machine.
Multiple ActivationA Multiple Activation Key (MAK) enables you lớn activate multiple installations of a product with the same key. MAKs are used with Volume Licensing versions of products. Typically, only one MAK key is provided per subscription.
Static Activation KeyStatic activation keys are provided for products that vì chưng not require activation. They can be used for any number of installations.
Custom KeyCustom keys provide special actions or information lớn activate or install the product.
VA 1.0Multiple activation keys, similar to lớn a MAK.
OEM KeyOriginal Equipment Manufacturer keys that allow multiple activations.

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DreamSpark Retail KeyRetail keys for DreamSpark allow one activation. DreamSpark Retail keys are issued in batches và are primarily intended for student consumption.
DreamSpark Lab KeyLab use keys for DreamSpark programs that allow multiple activations. DreamSpark Lab Keys are intended for use in university computer lab scenarios.
DreamSpark MAK KeyMAK keys for DreamSpark program customers.

You can claim a key from the download page for the hàng hóa, or you can tìm kiếm for the key you need on the Product Keys page.

Claiming product keys

Only subscribers with active sầu subscriptions can tải về products và claim hàng hóa keys. You can export your claimed keys from the Product Keys page while your subscription is active sầu.

To claim a product key:

Sign in to lớn your Visual Studio subscription. You must be signed in to lớn tải về products or clayên sản phẩm keys.Product keys are listed alphabetically by the name of the sản phẩm. You can either scroll down lớn the name of the desired product, or tìm kiếm for it using the search bar at the top of the page.


In this example, we’ve sầu used the tìm kiếm bar to lớn locate a product key for Visual Studio Enterprise 2019.As you can see, there are several versions listed. One key each has already been claimed for Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 versions 16.0 and 16.1. Additional keys of different types are still available for both versions. Notice that you can record a brief note about claimed keys in the Notes column. You can use this with the date in the Claimed column khổng lồ keep track of the keys you’ve claimed. You might, for example, make notes when you activate an installation of the sản phẩm using the key.

Exporting your claimed keys

You can export a danh mục of the keys you have claimed. This includes a large selection of static and other keys that are automatically marked as “claimed” for you.


If your subscription expires, you will no longer be able khổng lồ clayên ổn new keys or export your claimed keys.

To export your keys, select the Export all keys link at the far right of the Product Keys page. An .xml tệp tin entitled KeysExport.xml will be created, & you can choose lớn open or save sầu the tệp tin. You will need lớn open the file with an application capable of handling .xml files. For example, you can open the tệp tin as a read-only workbook in Excel.


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Next steps

When you"re ready to lớn tải về software and use keys, visit For more information about downloading software, see the downloading overview.