Are licenses tied to specific domains?

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  • rmarcano
    New Member
    • Apr 2008
    • 2

    Are licenses tied to specific domains?

    I am thinking about buying vBulletin but I have a couple of questions regarding the license:

    -If I install vBulletin in one domain and then decide I want to move it to another domain, can I just delete the first install and perform a new install on my new domain with the same license? Is the license tied in any way to a particular domain?

    -If I buy an owned license is it transferable? For example, if I wanted to sell my site can I just sell the site with the license included?

  • Steve Machol
    Former Customer Support Manager
    • Jul 2000
    • 154488

    1. You can move your license to another domain as long as you are only running one copy at a time.

    2. Because of a large amount of fraud relating to license transfers, we have a policy regarding the transfer of vBulletin licenses. We regret if this causes a problem, but this is necessary to protect not only ourselves, but the purchasers of licenses who are victims of these scams.

    The policy states:

    Jelsoft may, in its discretion, allow you to transfer your license to another party, providing the license:
    - has not already been transferred in the previous 12 months; and
    - was purchased more than 3 months in the past.
    -is an active owned license
    *Please note, leased licenses are not eligible for transfer

    You can read this policy under the license agreement here:

    Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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    • rmarcano
      New Member
      • Apr 2008
      • 2

      Awesome, just what I needed to make my decision.
      I´ll be buying now. Thanks for the quick response Steve.


      • pewa
        • Jan 2008
        • 92
        • 5.5.x

        I have a question on this subject so I will borrow your thread a bit

        Can I move my vBulletin installation to another folder without changing the license? Lets say I want to change directory from "" to only ""?


        • Reeve of Shinra
          Senior Member
          • Sep 2001
          • 4325
          • 4.0.0

          Yes so long as only one copy is active at a time.

          You will need to edit your license details to reflect the current URL of the forum installation.
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