Detailed information on Anka Licensing

Licensing is not necessary if you're using Anka Develop.

You can see how many cores a license has available by running: anka license show -k {LICENSE}

❯ anka license     
Usage: anka license [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  Control Licensing

  --help  Display usage information

  accept-eula  Accept EULA (requires root privileges)
  activate     Activate license key (requires root...
  remove       Remove the current license (requires root...
  show         Show license information
  validate     Validate the current license
❯ sudo anka license activate {LICENSE}
License activated

❯ anka license show
| license_type | com.veertu.anka.entplus |
| status       | valid                   |
| expires      | 30-mar-2021             |

Corporate networks can sometimes block access to our licensing server. The machine you're activing the license on will need to reach the internet, or, support can provide the licensing server URL upon request.

If you're using a proxy, Anka recognizes the standard http_proxy and https_proxy env variables. However, sudo will not pass the environment by default, so activation should be called with sudo -E anka license activate {LICENSE} to pass the current user's *_proxy envs into sudo.

Anka licenses are available for the following products:

  • Anka Develop - Very limited features allowing a developer to run a single VM at a time. Supported only on laptops (Macbook, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air).
  • Anka Build Basic - All Basic features to configure and run macOS CI Cloud infrastructure.
  • Anka Build Enterprise - Basic + additional features for grouping, priority provisioning, etc.
  • Anka Build Enterprise Plus - Enterprise + additional features to support SSO, VM encryption, event logging.
  • Anka Flow - Install and configure Anka on developer mac workstations. Supported only on macbook models and iMac.
  • Anka Secure - Install and configure Anka on mac workstations to create secure, sandbox macOS working environments for privileged data access, etc.

Obtaining a trial license

Trial licenses for Anka products is valid for 30 days from the date of trial registration. They enable unlimited access to product features. You can use the same activation key on multiple machines depending upon the quantity specified at the time of trial registration. They can be obtained at

Anka License Feature Differences

Run Multiple VMsNoYesYesYes
State Snapshot / Suspend VMNoYesYesYes
USB Device SupportNoYesYesYes
Ability to communicate with Anka Build Cloud (Controller & Registry)NoYesYesYes
Runs on all macOS hardware modelsNo (Macbook and iMac only)No (Macbook and iMac only)YesNo (Macbook and iMac only)

Anka Build License Feature Differences

FeatureBasicEnterpriseEnterprise Plus
Core based licensingYesYesYes
Cloud Controller with REST APIsYes(Single instance of Anka controller included)Yes(Single instance of Anka controller included)Yes
Central RegistryYes(Single instance Anka Registry included)YesYes
GitHub ActionYesYesYes
Jenkins PluginYesYesYes
TeamCity PluginYesYesYes
GitLab Runner with custom executorYesYesYes
BuildKite PluginYesYesYes
HA for Controller configuration setupYes (Additional controller/registry instances needed)YesYes
USB Device control through the CLIYesYesYes
USB Device control through Controller APIYesYes
Priority scheduling of VMs through controllerYesYes
Clustering (Grouping) of NodesYesYes
Basic controller authentication (Certificate & Root Superuser Token)YesYes
Multi-user & group authorization with admin panel + OpenID/SSO supportYes
Controller API event loggingYes
VM full disk encryption for Build VMsYes
Control VM runtime (Networking, Access to host) and functional properties with policiesYes

Commercial Licenses

Commercial Anka licenses are issued for yearly license subscription which includes updates, upgrades, and standard support. They can be purchased for a single year or multiple years.

Commercial licenses are automatically extended in activated Anka software if days to expiration is < 30 days. The machine where you've installed Anka must have a connection to the licensing server.


  • Anka Build - Cost is core based. For example, if you are setting up a cloud consisting of 2 6-core mac minis, then total core count will be 12 cores. For very large core count, there are other licensing models.
  • Anka Flow - Cost is per machine. For example, if you are installing Anka Flow on 10 developer machines, then quantity will be 10.
  • Anka Secure - Cost is per machine. For example, if you are installing Anka Flow on 10 mac workstations, then quantity will be 10.

Contact to get a pricing estimate.

Upgrading your Trial license to a Commercial license

  1. Stop all the running or suspended VMs.

  2. Remove the old license and activate with the commercial activation key.

    sudo anka license remove
    sudo anka license activate {LICENSE}

Moving your Commercial license from one machine to another

  1. Remove the license from the machine using the below described command.

    sudo anka license remove
    Are you sure you want to remove current license? [y/N]: y
    License is removed. To activate with the same activation key on another machine,
    contact with your activation key and fulfillment ID 2727000039
  2. Contact with the fulfillment ID provided in the output of the anka license remove command and your license key.

Last modified January 11, 2021 : 2.3.2 (1234a63) by Nathan Pierce