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

Locating & claiming hàng hóa keys

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


Some products bundle multiple editions of the hàng hóa into a single download. In these cases, the hàng hóa key entered determines which edition of the sản phẩm 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 product.

Product key types

Key TypeDescription
Not ApplicableNo key is needed to lớn install this product.
RetailRetail keys allow multiple activations & are used for retail builds of the product. 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 sản phẩm 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 not require activation. They can be used for any number of installations.
Custom KeyCustom keys provide special actions or information khổng lồ activate or install the product.
VA 1.0Multiple activation keys, similar to a MAK.
OEM KeyOriginal Equipment Manufacturer keys that allow multiple activations.
DreamSpark Retail KeyRetail keys for DreamSpark allow one activation. DreamSpark Retail keys are issued in batches and 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 tải về page for the product, or you can tìm kiếm for the key you need on the product Keys page.

Claiming product keys

Only subscribers with active subscriptions can download products & claim product keys. You can export your claimed keys from the product Keys page while your subscription is active.

To claim a hàng hóa key:

Sign in lớn your Visual Studio subscription. You must be signed in to tải về products or claim hàng hóa keys.Product keys are listed alphabetically by the name of the product. You can either scroll down to lớn the name of the desired product, or search for it using the tìm kiếm bar at the vị trí cao nhất of the page.


In this example, we’ve used the tìm kiếm bar khổng lồ locate a sản phẩm 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 & 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 hàng hóa using the key.

Exporting your claimed keys

You can export a các 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 to claim new keys or export your claimed keys.

To export your keys, select the Export all keys liên kết at the far right of the hàng hóa Keys page. An .xml tệp tin entitled KeysExport.xml will be created. You can choose to mở cửa or save the file. You will need to xuất hiện the file with an application capable of handling .xml files. For example, you can mở cửa the file as a read-only workbook in Excel.

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Next steps

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