Rhino | Network License Solutions

Rhino Network License Solutions

There are two network license solutions for Rhino, the Zoo and Cloud Zoo.


The Zoo

The Zoo is a Network License Manager which allows Rhino for Windows and/or Rhino for Mac users to Float/Share their Licences on their network. The same network tool supports Flamingo and Bongo licenses, plus some plug-ins from 3rd party developers such as VisualARQ.

The Zoo is typically used where there are multiple licences being shared across multiple workstations.

When a workgroup node starts, it sends a request for a license key to the Zoo. If there are unused license keys available, a key is assigned to the workstation. When a node shuts down, the key is returned to the Zoo's available license pool.

The Zoo is not the solution for individuals with multiple computers, it is a solution for organisations who have more users than licences.

Setting up Zoo 7:

  1. Download and install the Zoo on a single computer on your network
  2. The Zoo uses TCP Port 80 (cannot be changed), make sure that port is open
  3. Run ZooAdmin, enter Rhino for Windows or Mac License Keys 

Download Zoo 7 for Rhino here https://www.rhino3d.com/download/zoo/7/latest

Features of the Zoo include:

  • No special server hardware is needed. The Zoo will run on any Windows system in the same network workgroup
  • No special versions of Rhino, Flamingo, or Bongo are needed
  • Very little administration is required. The license keys are typed into the Zoo instead of on individual systems
  • A workgroup can have a mix of network licences managed by the Zoo plus standalone licenses if required
  • Rhino license keys can be checked out so laptop users can disconnect from the network. The key can be checked in again when the laptop is re-connected to the network
  • Workgroup nodes will keep working even if the network connection or server is down, but workgroup nodes cannot start up without access to the Zoo
  • The Zoo 6 works with Rhino Educational LAB Licences but not Rhino Educational Single Licences

Zoo for OS X is under development.


The Cloud Zoo

The Cloud Zoo was introduced with Rhino v6 and only works with that version, it functions for both Windows and Mac versions of Rhino v6 and Rhino v7.

Cloud Zoo replaces the requirement for any in-house server and therefore any VPN requirement for users of Rhino who are out of office, working from home and requiring remote access to a license of Rhino.

The Cloud Zoo for Rhino also works well for those who may have multiple workstations, maybe both Windows & Mac hardware, and require access from any of those platforms at differing times, that’s all fine Cloud Zoo supports this typical setup.

Creating a Team within the Admin portal allows the management of user permissions and access to Rhino Licences.

More on Cloud Zoo here.


If you have any questions on The Zoo or The Cloud Zoo we’d be happy to help.

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