Floating License Installation

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License Installation

**These steps are for studio licenses and academic floating licenses. If you are using an evaluation licenses, indie licenses, or academic node-locked license, please visit the Node-Locked License instructions page instead.

1. Install the Ziva VFX Maya Plugin

For Windows users, the easiest way to install the plugin is to use the Windows Installer. All you have to do is download the installer and run the .exe file.

If you are using Linux or would like more control over your Windows installation process you can:

  1. Download the .zip file making sure to specify the correct OS and Maya version
  2. Extract the .zip file content into your Maya module directory
  3. Load ziva.mll into Maya: Go to Windows → Settings/Preferences → Plug-in Manager in Maya and load ziva.mll. If ziva.mll does not show up in the list by default, you can locate it using “Browse”. Once the plugin is loaded, you will see Ziva and Ziva Tools in your top menu bar. These menus contain all of the Ziva VFX functionalities, but can only be used once the license file has been set up.


Floating licenses are licenses that can be shared by users on the same network. Unlike Node-Locked licenses, Ziva VFX Floating licenses must be managed by the RLM license server software (64-bit, v.12 or later) made by Reprise Software. You can find an RLM server in your Ziva installation files (RLM-server-linux.zip or RLM-server-windows.zip) or downloaded directly from RLM. Please follow these steps to set up your floating license:  

  1. If you already have a 64-bit RLM server running (e.g. for Arnold renderer), just add the license file (e.g. ziva.lic) and our server settings ‘zivadyn.set’ to your existing server’s directory and have it read the license. When a server is running, simple management can be done by http://localhost:5053.
  2. If you are accessing the license file from another workstation, you will need to define an environment variable “zivadyn_LICENSE” containing the server address and port number so that the workstation will know where to look for the license server. On Windows, you can do this by going to My Computer -> System Settings -> Environment Variables. Here, you can add the variable zivadyn_LICENSE with value port@host (e.g. 12345@licenseserver or 54442@ On Linux, you’ll want to use the 'setenv' command to do this.


As mentioned earlier, Ziva VFX uses the RLM license management tool made by Reprise Software. Should you encounter problems with authenticating your license, a good place to start is by defining an environment variable ‘RLM_DIAGNOSTICS’ and setting its value to a filepath of your choice, for example: C:\rlm_log.txt.

The diagnostic test will prompted detailed information about your licensing environment to be written to the log file you specified. Please include the contents of this diagnostic log file when asking for licensing support on the Ziva Community Forum.

If you are not well acquainted with RLM, please see the support for using RLM licenses provided by Reprise for all inquiries including server and tool downloads.

Having troubles? Need help?

You can always visit the Ziva Community Installation section for FAQs and solutions from the Ziva Team or reach out to our Installation Support Team. If you wish to contact us via e-mail, please provide information in your initial e-mail:

  1. Is this the first time you have run this license?
  2. Are you on the same computer as before?
  3. What OS are you using?
  4. Are you using a Node-Locked or Floating license?
  5. If running a Floating license, is the license server hosted on another machine?
  6. If running a floating license, are you running a firewall or is the port that the license is trying to use being occupied by another service?
  7. Do you have an environment variable, MAYA_MODULE_PATH, and what is it set to?
  8. Do you have an environment variable, zivadyn_LICENSE, and what is it set to?
  9. In your Program Files directory, is there a Ziva folder? What's in it?
Updates & Integrations
  • Downloading Ziva VFX update is simple. Just return to your License page and click on your Ziva VFX License and follow Step 1 again.
  • For a more comprehensive integration, you can use your custom Ziva Access URL to track your Ziva VFX license data and versions and setup an automatic installation scripts. Just visit your Ziva Profile and click 'Integrations'. Instantly, you'll receive a unique URL that will house all of your active Ziva VFX license and version details in JSON format. Use this no-sign-on-necessary page to stay updated on your licenses with ease.

Ziva VFX Software requirements are as followed:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8.1 or Windows® 10 Pro OS
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6.5 WS OS (and up)
  • CentOS 6.5 Linux operating system (and up)
  • RLM Server 12+ (for floating licenses)

Ziva VFX Hardware requirements are as followed:

  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • Minimum RAM: 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
August 20, 2017

I have just bought Ziva VFX Authoring Studio Local Floating license.I downloaded the plugin installation file for Linux and the license file, but I don't know where to download the ISV module for the RLM server. The documentation states that I should have received a RLM server package from you (containing the ISV module I suppose) but I have not received it.

December 5, 2017

Hi, is there a MEL/Python command available in Maya to return the currently checked out license from an active Maya session? As for now we have to close Maya to release the license in use.