In this quick guide, I’ll show you how to install FL Studio on your computer and properly authenticate it with your registered Image-Line account.
Step 1: Downloading FL Studio
Before you can install FL Studio on your computer, you’ve to download the installation file from Image-Line’s website.
Go to the image-line FL Studio download page and download the latest version of FL Studio for your computer’s operating system.
Step 2: Installing FL Studio
Once the setup file is downloaded, open it. If you have administrative control over the PC, right-click on the file and choose the option “Run as administrator.”
This ensures you have all the required permissions over the installation process, and no popup messages will show asking for your permission so that the installation happens smoothly.
Step 3: Follow the Instructions Shown on the Installer
Once the installer is open, read the instructions shown on the screen and click “Next.”
You’ll be asked to select the installation folder, user, VST folder, etc.
If you have previously installed FL Studio, you might still have the settings and files data stored in the FL Studio user data folder.
In that case, you can untick the settings option to make use of previous settings. If it’s a fresh installation, you can keep it ticked.
Once the installer shows “Ready to install,” you can press the “install button,” and the installation process will begin.
Once the installation is complete, the installer will ask you to click “finish.” Click on it to close the installer.
Yay!🤗 You’ve successfully installed FL Studio on your computer. Now let’s authenticate the installation with a license.
Step 4: Authenticating FL Studio With a License
Until you authenticate FL Studio with a valid license, it’ll run in trial mode.
Only after you enter your account credentials or import the Regkey file, the FL Studio will be active.
The features you unlock after the authentication depends on the type of FL Studio edition you own.
To authenticate, launch FL Studio. Go to the “Help” menu tab and select the option “Unlock FL Studio.”
This will open up a new window where you have to type in your Image-Line account details.
Once you type in the details, click the “Unlock with account” button. This should authenticate your installation with the FL Studio license you own.
Step 5: Verify If Authentication Was Successful
To check the authentication status, restart FL Studio, go to the “Help” menu tab, and select “Unlock FL Studio.”
If the authentication is successful, the unlock window will show a message, as shown in the image below.
It’ll show “FL Studio is unlocked and registered to:” followed by your name and a unique number.
Well, now FL Studio is unlocked and loaded to make some music. 🤘Rock on!
Frequently Asked Questions
On how many computers can I install FL Studio at a time?
If you are the sole user, you can install FL Studio on multiple computers. For instance, if you need to use FL Studio on your laptop and desktop computer, you can install the software on both computers with a single license and avoid purchasing a second one.
Can you install FL Studio on an external hard drive?
No, you cannot directly install FL Studio on an external hard drive due to its reliance on internal drive access for plugin files. However, you can store FL Studio libraries and data on an external hard drive while keeping the software installed on your internal drive. This is particularly useful for large sample libraries. To do this, establish a symbolic link between the internal and external drives using tools like “mklink” on Windows or “ln” on Mac. Ensure the external drive is compatible, has enough storage, and sufficient speed for managing plugin data.
In which operating systems can I install FL Studio?
FL Studio is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. You need Windows 8.1, 10, or 11, or macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or later to run it.
What CPU does FL Studio require?
Your computer should have a CPU that supports Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon processors to run FL Studio.
How to install FL Studio on Chromebook?
To install FL Studio on your Chromebook, begin by enabling Linux app support. Once enabled, you have three installation methods to choose from. The first option involves using Wine, a compatibility layer for running some Windows programs on Linux. Crossover, the second choice, simplifies the installation process. Lastly, Playonlinux, a graphical front-end for Wine, offers a user-friendly interface for a streamlined FL Studio installation on your Chromebook.
Can FL Studio run on Linux?
FL Studio is not officially supported on Linux. However, a few ways to use FL Studio on Linux are by using a wrapper program like Wine or PlayOnLinux.