# Obtaining and using license key

To run MiXCR one need a license file. MiXCR is free for academic users with no commercial funding. We are committed to support academic community and provide our software free of charge for scientists doing non-profit research.

Commercial trial license may be requested at https://licensing.milaboratories.com or by email to licensing@milaboratories.com.

The easiest way to activate the license is to run activate-license command and paste the content of the license key therein:

> mixcr activate-license


Another way to activate the license is to put mi.license file in the one of the following directories:
• directory with mixcr.jar file
• MI_LICENSE env var with the content of mi.license file
• MI_LICENSE_FILE env var with the path to mi.license file