Administration - License Management page


This WBM page is accessible with user role:

  • Admin
  • SecurityAdmin (from firmware 2022.0 LTS)

How to get into the WBMHow to get into the WBM

Establishing a connection to the Web-based Management (WBM):

  • Open a web browser on your computer.
  • In the address field, enter the URL https://<IP-address-of-the-controller>/wbm,
    for example:

For further information, see WBM.

View Containers tab

The View Containers tab on the License Management page displays the licenses of apps from the PLCnext Store that are installed on the controller.

From firmware 2021.9 of the AXC F x152 controllers, license containers can be bound to the device or a special SD card type to simplify the exchange of devices. An overview of SD cards suitable for this purpose can be found in section LIC SD cards. Information on how to switch a device with licenses bound to an SD card can be found in section Switch devices with LIC SD card.

The following information is displayed in the View Containers overview:

Column Description
Container Serial number of the container. A container is used to manage licenses.
Storage Location (from 2021.9) Storage location of the license container (file system of the device or SD card).
Firm Code Identification of the licenser (here: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG).
Firm text (from 2021.9) Description of the licenser.
Product Code Unique identification code of the licensed software.
Feature Map The Feature Map specifies with which scope of functions the app is installed.
Product text (from 2021.9) Description of the license.
  • Click the Refresh button to refresh the overview of the licenses on the controller.


  • Click on the Details button to obtain further information on an app license.

In addition to the information given in the View Containers overview, the following fields can be found in the Details window:

Field Description
Activation Time Date when the license is valid.
Expiration Time Date when the license is invalid.
Usage Period Usage period in days
Status Current status of the license (License valid or License invalid)


Offline Activation tab

Available from 2020.0 LTS

On the Offline Activation tab, licenses can be activated and deactivated offline with license files provided by the PLCnext Store. The term "offline" in this context means that the PLCnext device which runs the licensed app does not have to be connected to the PLCnext Store during the license activation. This might be necessary if the PLCnext device is located in an area without proper Internet connection, or for preventing security issues.

  For online license management via the PLCnext Store, see the respective topic in the PLCnext Store Info Center

In the WBM, the Offline Activation Wizard will guide you through the activation process and provides further information.

When buying an app in the PLCnext Store, you will receive a license information file (WibuCmLIF). Save this file on your PC. 

Before installing the app you first have to activate the license: 

  1. Offline Activation step 1 Create license context
Note: There are two options to create a license container. Option 1 is the standard procedure. Option 2 is the alternative approach. Only use Option 2 when you are asked to do so by the Phoenix Contact support.

Option 1

If no container was found, create one directly via the standard procedure:

  • Available from 2021.9:
    At the Device  drop-down menu, select whether you want to create a license container on the PLCnext device or on the SD card.
  • Click on Create container.

Option 2

The advanced option is only needed when you are asked by the licenser to import a specific *.WibuCmLIF file.

 A *.WibuCmRaC license context file will be created. 

  • Download the license context file and save it on your PC.

  1. Switch to the PLCnext Store
  • Upload the *.WibuCmRaC license context file in the PLCnext Store

 The PLCnext Store will generate a *.WibuCmRaU (license update) file based on the information from the uploaded license context file. 

  • Download the generated update file and save it on your PC.


  1. Offline Activation step 2 Upload license update
  • Upload the *.WibuCmRaU license update by clicking on the Browse... button.


  1. Offline Activation step 3 Create license receipt

 A *.WibuCmRaR (license receipt) file is generated and provided for download.

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  • Download the *.WibuCmRaR license receipt file from the WBM and save it on your PC. 


  1. Switch to the PLCnext Store
  • To complete the offline licensing, upload the license receipt file (*.WibuCmRaR) in the PLCnext Store.

Advanced Options

Available from 2021.9

On the Advanced Options tab, the device and SD card bound license containers can be reset in their storage location. 

Note: The deletion of the license containers cannot be reversed. Only perform the action on the instructions of a Phoenix Contact support employee.
  • Click on Delete, to reset the license container.

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The Confirmation dialog opens.

  • Only perform this action if instructed to do so by a Phoenix Contact support employee:
    Enterreset in the input field and click on Confirm

All containers, licenses and files located in the chosen storage location will be deleted permanently.




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• Published/reviewed: 2022-09-14 • Revision 046 •