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Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 15 Aug 2019, 11:32
by rednoah
agoodpub wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 10:35
Hi I purchased a licence a couple of years ago through the windows store.
If you have purchased FileBot via the Microsoft Store, then you will need to install FileBot via the Microsoft Store. Your Microsoft Account remembers your purchase, so you neither have, nor need, a license file.

agoodpub wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 10:35
I downloaded the latest version from your website and it is saying I need to get a licence.
The standalone installer requires a standalone license purchased via Paddle. Microsoft Store / Mac App Store / Paddle purchases are distinct and not to be confused with each other.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 15 Aug 2019, 16:25
by agoodpub
rednoah wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 11:32
agoodpub wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 10:35
Hi I purchased a licence a couple of years ago through the windows store.
If you have purchased FileBot via the Microsoft Store, then you will need to install FileBot via the Microsoft Store. Your Microsoft Account remembers your purchase, so you neither have, nor need, a license file.



That's what I thought, but it only gives me the option to buy it for £33.49 - even though I bought it 2 years ago. Maybe the option I bought was only a fixed-time licence? Except that it was working until I had to do the restore.

If I go to the "Purchased" tab in my account it shows up as been purchased on July 7th 2017.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 15 Aug 2019, 19:09
by rednoah
agoodpub wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 16:25
Maybe the option I bought was only a fixed-time licence?
The Microsoft Store / Mac App Store / iOS App Store / Google Play Store all universally only support a simple life-time purchase model. There is no such thing as a fixed-time license, upgrade license, etc. There's no way to cancel or refund a purchase either (for developers at least).

agoodpub wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 16:25
If I go to the "Purchased" tab in my account it shows up as been purchased on July 7th 2017.
Please contact Microsoft Support so they can check your account to figure out whats wrong.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 16 Aug 2019, 09:08
by agoodpub
I’ll check with them as you suggest.

Thanks for the clarification that it was a one-off payment rather than a yearly subscription.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 16 Aug 2019, 09:47
by rednoah
agoodpub wrote:
16 Aug 2019, 09:08
Thanks for the clarification that it was a one-off payment rather than a yearly subscription.
Yes, I can confirm that, and not just for FileBot, but for ever single application on every single app store platform.

:idea: The yearly subscription license model is something that FileBot introduced as an alternative for the store (which is disliked by many) in general, and as a low-cost option for new users that just need FileBot for a few days.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 16 Aug 2019, 21:17
by sblack55
I just purchased a new 1-year license, but am getting the following messages when installing on my Synology NAS as directed:

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sudo -H -u sc-tvheadend filebot --license *.psm
Password:
Activate License <....….>
Write [FileBot License <....….> (Valid-Until: 2020-08-23)] to [/volume1/@appstore/filebot/data/.license]
License Error: /volume1/@appstore/filebot/data/.license

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 16 Aug 2019, 22:08
by sblack55
Removed "-u sc-tvheadend" from the command and it worked. admin is the owner of the .license file, so I guess sc-tvheadend doesn't have permissions to overwrite it. Perhaps I should chown it to sc-tvheadend???

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 17 Aug 2019, 05:22
by rednoah
Yes, the order of log entries would suggest that it couldn't write the license file in its own application home folder. If the application home folder is not readable / writable, then FileBot can fail in strange an unexpected ways.

On Synology, it's configured to use the same license file by default for all users, and I presume that default location is only writable to the default admin user, but should be readable by all users that execute filebot.

On Synology, there will be a unique application data sub-folder for caches and such for each user, so I don't think you have to change any permissions.


EDIT:

I've updated the Synology package scripts to make sure the .license file is initialized with world-read-writable permissions.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 18:03
by graveangel
I can't activate my license under my VPS, tested on my local machine and it worked but not on the VPS.. command used filebot --license licensefile.psm
I am on Zorin which is an ubuntu base distribution.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 00:23
by rednoah
graveangel wrote:
21 Aug 2019, 18:03
I can't activate my license under my VPS
What does the console output say?

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 00:42
by graveangel
rednoah wrote:
22 Aug 2019, 00:23
graveangel wrote:
21 Aug 2019, 18:03
I can't activate my license under my VPS
What does the console output say?
I get License Error: null

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 00:46
by rednoah
What is the exact command you're using to install the license? Are you sure that you're using a file that is actually a license file? Please PM me the exact license text you're trying to install. You can use the cat /path/to/file.psm command to display the license text.

:arrow: How did you install FileBot? What version of FileBot are you using? Run filebot -script fn:sysinfo for details.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 02:02
by graveangel
PM sent

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 03:01
by rednoah
graveangel wrote:
22 Aug 2019, 02:02
PM sent
You're using an HTML document as license. How? Why? :lol:


A license key looks like this:

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-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA256

Product: FileBot
Name: …
Email: …
Order: …
Issue-Date: …
Valid-Until: …
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----

…
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
e.g.
Image

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 03:13
by graveangel
When I run the command cat /path/to/file.psm that's what I get.. but if I open the .psm file with a text editor it looks like the picture you posted.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 03:39
by rednoah
graveangel wrote:
22 Aug 2019, 03:13
When I run the command cat /path/to/file.psm that's what I get.. but if I open the .psm file with a text editor it looks like the picture you posted.
cat is the absolute truth to what the file content is. That is what FileBot sees. That is what all programs see.


:idea: You're most likely being confused by some special web interface. You can ask your VPS provider how to upload files, or you can just use scp, or copy & paste into your SSH session.


e.g. paste license file via SSH:

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echo '
<paste license>
' > /path/to/license.psm

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 04:16
by graveangel
Yes, that worked, transferring the license file using scp via ssh... thank you very much.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 28 Aug 2019, 13:49
by BigSAR
(Posting here so I can send a PM.)

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 31 Aug 2019, 19:42
by jp42
Hi - I just tried to run Filebot and it says my license is expired (v4.8.5 on MacOS 10.14.6)

I tried searching for my original receipt (because I can't recall how or when I purchased the license). I thought I bought a lifetime license?

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 01 Sep 2019, 05:24
by rednoah
You have most likely purchased a 1 year license. If you give me your order number, then I can double check for you.

:idea: You can open the license file with a text editor to see order number / purchase date / valid-until date.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 07 Sep 2019, 22:41
by md1010
Need to post before PM?

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 10 Sep 2019, 06:54
by rednoah
md1010 wrote:
07 Sep 2019, 22:41
Need to post before PM?
Your license has been re-issued and re-sent to your correct email address.

Re: [FAQ] How do I activate my license?

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 23:11
by BrandedTamarasu
posting so i can PM