Learn About Licensing Trilio for Kubernetes
Trilio for Kubernetes must be presented with a valid license in order to operate. A license is issued as valid for a specific environment and for a specified duration of time. The license becomes invalid once its duration expires
To generate and apply the Trilio license, perform the following steps:
1. A license file must be generated for your specific environment.
a) Navigate to your Trilio Welcome email.
b) Click on the License link.
c) On the Trilio License page fill in the details.
d) Click Generate License.
e) On the details confirmation page, copy or download the highlighted text to a file.
You can use the download button to save the highlighted text as a local file or use the copy button to copy the text and create your file manually.
2. Once the license file has been created, apply it to a Trilio instance using the command line or UI:
Management Console (UI)
- 1.Execute the following command:
kubectl apply -f <licensefile> -n <install_namespace>
2. If the previous step is successful, check that output generated is similar to the following:
NAMESPACE NAME STATUS MESSAGE CURRENT CPU COUNT GRACE PERIOD END TIME EDITION CAPACITY EXPIRATION TIME MAX CPUS
tvk license-sample Active Cluster License Activated successfully. 4 FreeTrial 10 2025-07-08T00:00:00Z 8
Additional license details can be obtained using the following:
kubectl get license -o json
If you have already executed the above prerequisites, then refer to the guide for applying a license in the UI: Actions: License Update
A license upgrade is required when moving from one license type to another (Trial -> Enterprise and vice-versa). Trilio maintains only one instance of a license for every installation of Trilio for Kubernetes.
To upgrade a license, run
kubectl apply -f <licensefile> -n <install-namespace>against a new license file to activate it. The previous license will be replaced automatically.