Software Editions

You can select among the following installation scenarios which are designed to better support the intended working environment and typical IT architecture.

Single-User Edition

This edition is recommended for end users who want to install, administrate and use the software themselves on their local machines.

  • Database: Local (SQLite)
  • Installation platforms: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions
Multi-User Edition

The Multi-User edition is recommended for organisations to manage a group of user licenses. A Licence Manager (provided together with the PowerFactory software) administrates the individual user licenses within the organisation. Multiple users can concurrently access the licence from the Licence Manager via local network.

The Licence Manager administrator can configure the access of individual users. This includes, among other tools, customising the function packages that the named user can activate.

  • Database: Local (SQLite)
  • Installation platforms: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions
Team Edition

The Team edition is recommended for multi-user groups requiring access to centralised project data and data sharing among group members. It features a multi-user database (ORACLE, MS-SQL) with automatic database housekeeping (e.g. schedulable overnight) and integrated project backup tools.

The users benefit from the PowerFactory team-working tools such as Master Project management, Project Versioning, Project Deriving along with Project Compare- and Merge tools, which make concurrent model building and data entry very easy.

The Team edition comes with a Licence Manager (idem to Multi-User Edition) to administrate the individual user licenses within the organisation.

  • Database: Multi-user DBMS (Oracle or SQL Server)
  • Installation platforms: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions

Licence Types

PowerFactory licences are offered in the categories commercial (PF4C) and research/educational licences (PF4R/PF4E). Special licences are available for students (PF4S/PF4T).

Commercial Licence (PF4C)

This licence is a standard licence for commercial use.

  • Functions: package can be configured individually as per specific user’s needs
  • Number of nodes: 100/250/500/unlimited
  • Licence container: Softkey or USB Hardlock
  • Support, maintenance and software upgrades already included during the first 12 months, extendable annually by a maintenance subscription

Research Licence (PF4R)

This licence is offered to academic and research institutions for utilisation in public funded research projects, i.e. projects financed by governments or other non-profit organisations. Commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions: Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, Scripting and Automation.
  • Number of nodes: unlimited
  • Licence container: Softkey or USB Hardlock
  • Support, maintenance and software upgrades already included during the first 12 months, extendable annually by a maintenance subscription

Education Licence (PF4E)

Licence offered to universities and other academic institutions for education purposes. This licence is particularly adequate for utilisation in practical courses of up to 25 students. Commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions: Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, Scripting and Automation.
  • Number of nodes: 50
  • Licence container: Softkey or USB Dongle
  • Limited support and software upgrades

Student Licence (PF4S)

This licence is offered to full-time engineering students who are not working in the industry. This licence is not for commercial use.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions: Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, Scripting and Automation.
  • Number of nodes: 50
  • Licence container: Softkey
  • Support: Free installation support. Knowledge base on digsilent.de/support.
  • Software upgrades for 24 months.
  • This licence will not work on a virtual machine.

To aquire this licence, the student will need to provide the following:

  • A valid student card.
  • Confirmation of enrolement, or a document showing proof that the student is a full-time engineering student.

Thesis Licence (PF4T)

This licence is offered to full-time engineering students working on a non-sponsored Bachelor/Master/PhD thesis, who do not have access to a research (PF4R) or educational (PF4E) licence. This licence is not for commercial use.

  • Functions: defined according to the scope of work of the thesis
  • Number of nodes: as required for the thesis
  • Licence container: Softkey
  • Licence is time limited
  • Support: Only knowledge base on digsilent.de/support
  • Software upgrades for the duration of the licence.
  • This licence will not work on a virtual machine.

To aquire this licence, the student will need to provide the following:

  • A valid student card.
  • Confirmation of enrolement, or a document showing proof that the student is a full-time engineering student.
  • A completed and signed Request for PF4T form.

Overview of Licence Types

Commercial LicencePF4RPF4EPF4SPF4T
Supported Licence ContainersSoftkey or USB HardlockSoftkey or USB HardlockSoftkey or USB HardlockSoftkeySoftkey
DatabaseMulti-User or Local DatabaseLocal DatabaseLocal DatabaseLocal DatabaseLocal Database
Installation PlatformsLocal User: Windows 7, 8 or 10
Application server: Microsoft Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016) or Citrix Terminal Service
Windows 7, 8 or 10Windows 7, 8 or 10Windows 7, 8 or 10Windows 7, 8 or 10
Supported EditionsSingle-User, Multi-User or TeamMulti-UserMulti-User (25 users)Single-UserSingle-User
Busbars100, 250, 500, or UnlimitedUnlimited5050Any

Please note: A Softkey will not work on a virtual machine. For virtual machines, you will need a USB Hardlock.