Starting with the v1.2.8 release, the Portworx products support the following license types:

License typeDescription
PX-DeveloperEmbedded into px-developer, free license that supports limited functionality.
TrialAutomatically installed w/ px-enterprise, enables full functionality for 30 days.
PX-Enterprise VM BasicCommercial license, suitable for medium-sized VM/cloud based installs (see Features)
PX-Enterprise VM PlusEnterprise license, suitable for large VM/cloud -based installs (see Features)
PX-Enterprise MetalEnterprise license, suitable for large installs on any hardware (see Features)

Depending on the type of the container you are installing, a different license will be automatically activated:

  • px-developer container activates free “PX-Developer” license, and
  • px-enterprise automatically activates the “Trial” license (limited to 30 days), which can be upgraded to one of the “PX-Enterprise” licenses at any time.

Checking your License

A brief license summary is provided with the pxctl status command:

# pxctl status
Status: PX is operational
License: Trial license (expires in 30 days)

More details about each individual licensed feature is displayed via pxctl license list command, ie.:

# pxctl license list
Number of nodes maximum         1000
Number of volumes maximum       1024 [...]
Virtual machine hosts            yes
Product SKU                     Trial    expires in 30 days

Licensed features

In the table below, we can see the overview of features that are controlled via licensing as of PX v1.2.8.

Number of nodes maximumnumberDefines the maximum number of nodes in a cluster
Number of volumes maximumnumberDefines max number of volues on a single node
Volume capacity [TB] maximumnumberDefines max size of a single volume
Storage aggregationyes/noDefines if volumes may be aggregated across multiple nodes
Shared volumesyes/noDefines if volumes may be shared w/ other nodes
Volume setsyes/noDefines if volumes may be scaled
BYOK data encryptionyes/noDefines if volumes may be encrypted
Snapshot to object storeyes/noDefines if volumes may be snapshotted to Amazon S3, MS Azure and Google storage
Virtual machine hostsyes/noSoftware may be deployed on VMs (including Amazon EC2, OpenStack Nova, etc…)
Bare-metal hostsyes/noSoftware may be deployed on commodity hardware

Type of Licenses

PX-Developer License

The “PX-Developer” license is a default license for px-developer containers. The “PX-Developer” license is permanent and free, and provides a limited set of functionality, with unrestricted use. It supports the following features:

# pxctl license list
Number of nodes maximum             3
Number of volumes maximum         256
Volume capacity [TB] maximum        1
Storage aggregation                no      feature upgrade needed
Shared volumes                    yes
Volume sets                       yes
BYOK data encryption               no      feature upgrade needed
Resize volumes on demand           no      feature upgrade needed
Snapshot to object store           no      feature upgrade needed
Bare-metal hosts                  yes
Virtual machine hosts             yes
Product SKU                  PX-Developer  permanent

Trial License

The “Trial” license activates automatically when the px-enterprise container is installed. The trial license provides the full product functionality for 30 days.

Number of nodes maximum         1000
Number of volumes maximum       1024
Volume capacity [TB] maximum      40
Storage aggregation              yes
Shared volumes                   yes
Volume sets                      yes
BYOK data encryption             yes
Resize volumes on demand         yes
Snapshot to object store         yes
Bare-metal hosts                 yes
Virtual machine hosts            yes
Product SKU                     Trial    expires in 6 days, 20:40


When the trial period expires, one will no longer be able to create new volumes or volume snapshots. The normal functionality may be restored at any time, by purchasing and installing the “PX-Enterprise” license.


  • The “Trial” license can be upgraded into a “PX-Enterprise” license by contacting, and activating via the “activation code” or via the license file (see PX-Enterprise below for details)
  • The “Trial” license itself cannot be upgraded or extended with another “Trial”, or downgraded into “PX-Developer” license.

PX-Enterprise License

The “PX-Enterprise” license is our most flexible license, which comes with a number of options. Please refer to Features page to determine which type of “PX-Enterprise” license will work best for your needs.


Once installed, the PX-Enterprise license is “locked” to a single PX-Cluster via the unique UUID identifier of the cluster. Such license (or, license-file) will not work on other clusters.


The easiest way to install the “PX-Enterprise” license, is via the “Activation ID” (reach out to us at for purchasing licenses), ie:

# pxctl license activate c0ffe-fefe-activation-123

Note that the “license activation” process will require active Internet connection from the PX-nodes to the license-server, as the activation process automatically registers the cluster UUID, generates and installs the license on the cluster. Upon activating the license on one PX-node, all remaining PX-nodes will automatically update to the new license.

INSTALL ON AIR-GAPPED ENVIRONMENTS: Customers that do not have an active Internet connection on their PX-cloud, will need to be guided by the Portworx support (can be reached at , and will follow a slightly different process.

Customers will be asked to provide the Cluster UUID information (available via pxctl cluster list command):

# pxctl cluster list
Cluster UUID: f987ad4b-987c-4e7e-a8bd-788c89cc40f1
Status: OK [...]

Upon supplying the “Cluster UUID”, the customers will get their “license file”. The “license file” will need to be uploaded to one of the PX-nodes, and activated via the following command:

# pxctl license add license_file.bin

Finally, please note that the license installation is a non-obtrusive process, which will not interfere with the data stored on the PX volumes, nor will it interrupt the active IO operations.

For information on purchase, upgrades and support, please reach out to us at