Desktop Subscription

The new way to buy for ultimate flexibility

Desktop Subscription gives you access to Autodesk software "the same full version you get with a perpetual license" but with a flexible, pay-as-you-go approach for a software budget that’s easier to manage.

What does Autodesk Desktop Subscription offer?

Desktop Subscription provides access to desktop software at the lowest cost of entry. Choose from quarterly, annual and multi-year options for using Autodesk Design and Creation Suites software and selected software products.

Stay competitive with Desktop Subscription

When you decide to purchase an Autodesk Desktop Subscription, you’re maximizing the power of your design tools while gaining control over your costs and the length of your commitment. Your software tools will always be up to date with the latest releases and enhancements, while your workflow will benefit from increased capabilities—from licensing options to more capabilities with Autodesk cloud services


  • Desktop Subscription supports a variety of licensing options designed to allow you to work the way you want, including:
    • Full functionality—access to the same software you get perpetual Autodesk software licenses
    • Install your software on multiple machines
    • Global Use Rights so you can work seamlessly from afar*
    • Previous Version Rights*
    • Access files stored locally on your computer, even without an active subscription
    • Use free Autodesk tools to view your files in Autodesk file formats
    • Start a new subscription and seamlessly pick up where you left off
  • Whether your projects are temporary or ongoing, you can keep software costs manageable and predictable. Pay only for the access you need, without a large up-front investment.
  • Stay current and competitive with the latest Autodesk technology. With Desktop Subscription, you know that you’re working with the most up-to-date software releases with the level of support you need.
  • Be prepared for whatever changes come your way with licensing that scales to meet your organization’s needs.
    • Companies grow
    • Projects expand
    • Employees move
  • With an Autodesk Subscription to a commercial product or suite you gain access to a collection of cloud services. The virtually infinite computing capacity of the cloud allows you to run tasks without tying up your desktop or the need for expensive hardware. Now you can test the performance of multiple design options and rapidly increase the number of visualizations as an integrated part of your workflow.
  • With Desktop Subscription you always have the latest and most powerful tools on hand. You can gain immediate access to software releases and product enhancements that can help you maintain a competitive edge all year long. Desktop Subscription keeps your software current while its short-term commitments help you maintain a predictable software budget.
  • Basic Support provides access to a package of Autodesk online support services such as:
    • One-on-one Autodesk web support
    • Expedited support in community forums

    Desktop Subscription customers can also choose to purchase the premium offerings with Advanced Support or Enterprise Priority Support to help implement solutions faster, maximize productivity, and minimize downtime.

  • When collaborating across internal and external teams, you need the right software on hand at the right time and place. With the following Subscription licensing rights,* Desktop Subscription gives you more freedom with your software:
    • Previous Version Rights
    • Home Use
    • Global Use Right

*Global Use Rights, Previous Version Rights and Access to Cloud Services may not be available in all countries and for all Desktop Subscriptions, and where available are subject to the Desktop Subscription Terms and Conditions and applicable Cloud Services Terms of Service.