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Licensing InDesign Server


InDesign Server is sold as an annual term licence and includes all updates during the term and installation support. Licensing is per server and there is no limit to the number of users but different models are required for internal and external audiences. Licence types are described below. 


Cost associated

Premium licence

For use with automated publishing solutions made accessible to customers or users other than the Licensee’s employees via the Internet in addition to rights to use corporate wide within an intranet. There is no limit on the number of users for this licence.  Partners or end-users are permitted to use the Premium licence model in hosted or SaaS based offerings but InDesign Server must be an integrated component of a solution, not as a stand-alone service.

$13,500 every year

€13,500 every year

¥1,353,000 every year


Limited licence

For use with automated solutions that are made accessible only within a company’s internal network only, limited to employees of Licensee

$5,000 every year

€5,000 every year

¥491,700 every year


Development Licence

For testing or staging InDesign Server solutions, not for Production use. Produces same output as a Production licence with no watermark

$2,100 every year

€2,100 every year

¥254,100 every year

Developer licence

Developer licence will generate a watermark on all pages output. Release and debug versions of InDesign Server software for developers, which enable them to evaluate the software, prototype and build the solution. 


Free with Exchange membership 

Trial licence

90-day trial version of InDesign Server. Can be converted to Production if licence is purchased

Free, available at prerelease site

Licensing FAQs


Is InDesign Server multi-threaded?

InDesign Server is not a multi-threaded application. However, it is possible to use multiple cores and CPUs and thus scale InDesign Server by running more than one instance of InDesign Server on a single server. Running two instances of InDesign Server on a server approximately doubles the throughput.

Are separate licences needed for backup or disaster recovery?

No. Copies of InDesign Server can be made for disaster recovery and/or backup in accordance with the End-User Licence Agreement (EULA), but they cannot be used for live production unless the production server fails. These copies should not be confused with cluster or load-balancing configurations.

How does Adobe define an internal network?

An internal network is a local corporate network or intranet behind a firewall within a single primary domain. It can encompass Cloud based platforms if access is restricted to employees of the licensee


How does Adobe treat Cloud or VPN usage into an internal network?

Cloud or VPN usage is acceptable within an internal network and therefore does not require any special licensing, as long as it does not violate the terms of the licensing model. Installation on Cloud Servers requires a licence for every virtual server the software is installed on. 

How do I gain access to the developer version of InDesign Server?

A developer version that watermarks output is available free of charge through the debug version of InDesign Server is available to members of the Exchange programme. Solution partners and developers can enrol on that site and request those versions through the Help Desk

Do I need to license different language versions of InDesign Server?

No. There is a single version of InDesign Server that supports document creation and composition in more than 20 languages just as InDesign desktop does.

Is InDesign Server sold under any other Adobe licensing programme other than the Forms Licensing Programme (FLP)?

If you are buying the InDesign Server component directly from Adobe, it can be included on Enterprise Term Licence Agreement. If purchasing through a reseller, it is available only through the FLP licensing programme.


Is it possible to virtualise or partition a hardware server in order to run single or multiple instances of InDesign Server within individual virtualised operating systems?

Software partitioning is a model of configuration in which multiple instances of operating systems execute cooperatively on a single computer. With either hardware or software partitioning, each instance of the Adobe software requires a separate licence. The EULA makes it clear that a licence is required for each CPU that is enabled to run the software. The customer must be able to provide proof of partitioning upon request via Adobe’s standard audit rights. A multi-instance licence cannot be distributed and installed across multiple virtual partitions, as each virtual partition is considered a unique server requiring a new licence.

Can InDesign Server be used in hosted or SaaS-based solutions? 

The Premium licence model may be used in hosted or SaaS solutions as long as InDesign Server is an integrated component of a solution, not stand-alone.

What is the difference between a single- and multi-instance licence?

The default installation for InDesign Server is to run as a single-instance licence. All InDesign licences have the rights to run multiple instances but requires additional programming or to be purchased from Adobe partners. Each licence can only be used on a single physical (or virtual) server. That means you cannot distribute a licence across multiple virtual servers--each requires it's own Server. Customers are pemitted to run InDesign Server on Cloud platforms and must purchase a licence for each Cloud server.


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