License Vault Help

Automatic server discovery

Automatic server discovery makes the license activation process easier for your users. Instead of manually copying and pasting the License Vault URL into the License Activation dialog, they can simply click the Discover Server button and have the link inserted automatically.

Set up automatic server discovery

You can use any of the following methods to set up automatic discovery:

DNS TXT record

Add a DNS TXT record with the name _jetbrains-license-server to the DNS zone (domain) that the users' machines belong to (for example,

If the machines are distributed across several DNS zones, add a separate TXT record to each zone.

For the record's text, provide url=<your-license-vault-url>.

Record example

Let's say your machines belong to the DNS zone, and your License Vault URL is

In this case, you'll need to add the following record to the zone:

with this text:

How to verify your record

To make sure that your record works, run the following command on a user's machine:

dig _jetbrains-license-server.<your-dns-zone> TXT
dig _jetbrains-license-server.<your-dns-zone> TXT
nslookup -type=TXT _jetbrains-license-server.<your-dns-zone>

If everything is working correctly, the response will look like this:

_jetbrains-license-server.<your-dns-zone> 3600 IN TXT "url=<your-license-vault-url>"

Environment variable

Add the JETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER environment variable to the local profile on the users' machines. For its value, provide the License Vault URL.

JVM option

For JetBrains products that can be configured using JVM options, you can use the -DJETBRAINS_LICENSE_SERVER option. For its value, provide the License Vault URL.

To check if your product supports JVM options and how to specify them, refer to your product's documentation. For example, here are the instructions for IntelliJ IDEA.

Check your configuration

To make sure that your configuration works correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Open a JetBrains product and go to the License Activation dialog.

  2. In the Get license from section, select License server.

  3. Click Discover Server. If your configuration is correct, the License Vault URL will appear in the Server address field.

    The Discover Server button in the License Activation dialog
Last modified: 02 February 2024