Obtaining Host IDs for Software Products

Synopsys Optical Solutions

  • CODE V
  • LightTools
  • LucidShape
  • LucidShape CAA V5 Based

Synopsys Photonic Solutions

  • RSoft Photonic Device Tools

  • Photonic System Tools

  • PIC Design Suite

  • OptoCompiler 

Quick Steps: Getting Your Host ID

Optical Solutions Products

For Optical Solutions products, you can learn the Host ID using the Get Host ID utility supplied with the software.

  • Click the Windows Start button.
  • Click the product name (CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, LucidShape CAA, or OSG Floating License Manager).
  • Click Get Host ID to run the utility.

Need help? Contact optics@synopsys.com


Photonic Solutions Products

For Photonic Solutions products, you can learn the Host ID from:

  • The license key file. The Host ID is written on the SERVER line.
  • For RSoft Device and System Tools, go to the menu Help > About.

Need help? Contact photonics_support@synopsys.com


What is a Host ID?

A Host ID is either a unique string that is encoded on a USB security dongle provided by Synopsys or a unique signature tied to a particular computer. All OS and PS software is designed to work with a license key that is tied to the Host ID.

Each license key is associated with a specific Host ID. If you have multiple seats of Optical Solutions (OS) or Photonic Solutions (PS) software, you can identify which license key file is associated with your specific USB dongle using the Host ID string.

Fixed vs. Floating Licenses

There are two ways to run OS and PS software: with a fixed license or a floating license. You have a fixed license if you have an individual license tied to a USB dongle or a license tied to a specific computer (also called a node-locked license). You have a floating license if your software is configured to check out a license over a network (also called a network license).

Where to Use a Host ID

You need to provide your Host ID when you:

  • Request a license key from the web interface on the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website.

  • Request access to the OS and PS Customer Support Portal.

Host IDs for CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, and LucidShape CAA

Fixed Licenses

If you are using a fixed license and you already have the software installed on your PC, you can obtain your Host ID from:

  • CODE V: Start > Programs > CODE V 11.x > GetHostID 
  • LightTools: Start > Programs > LightTools 9.x.x > Get Host ID
  • LucidShape and LucidShape CAA: Start > Programs > LucidShape 202X.XX > Get Host ID 

If your license key is tied to a USB dongle, provide the Host ID from the Dongle Host ID field. This number starts with 400-* or 80-* followed by 15 characters. If your license key is tied to a specific computer, provide the Host ID from the Hardware Host ID field. Hardware Host IDs start with C-* followed by 15 characters. An example of the Get Host ID output is shown below. The Host ID for the USB dongle attached to this computer is 400-*16TL68DC7J3FHJN.

If you do not have CODE V, LightTools, or LucidShape installed, you can request a standalone Get Host ID utility from optics@synopsys.com

Floating Licenses

If you are using a floating license over a network, please consult the system administrator managing the floating licenses. To read the Host ID on the server PC, go to Start > Programs > OSG Floating License Manager > Get Host ID.

If you are registering for the Customer Support Portal and are using a floating license, enter the Host ID if you have it; if you don’t have the Host ID, enter “Floating.”

Host IDs for RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Photonic System Tools, PIC Design Suite, and OptoCompiler

There are many ways to determine a Host ID for a particular tool and operating system. The Host ID is linked to the license server for floating licenses and on the local machine for node-locked licenses. Here are a few ways to find your Host ID:

  • For the RSoft Photonic Device and Photonic System Tools, select the menu Help > About in the tool.
  • If your license uses a dongle, the Host ID is printed on the dongle.
  • If you have the license key file, open the file in a text editor. The line starting with “SERVER” has the Host ID on it. The host ID will either be a 12-digit hex number like 112233AABBCC, or an 8- digit number with a dongle prefix (for example: RSOFT=16845678 or FLEXID=9-1234ABCD)
  • Ask your IT department (or whomever installed the software) for help to find your Host ID.
  • Email photonics_support@synopsys.com for additional help.