SAS Annual License Renewal


A site license of SAS has been purchased for UNH faculty, staff, and students. This license allows unlimited installation of SAS by UNH faculty, staff, and students. This license must be renewed on an annual basis.

The SAS licenses expire at the end of July each year, but there is an extensive grace period during which the software will still function. SAS users should plan to upgrade their licenses late each summer to avoid problems during the academic year.



Task: To renew your SAS license

This procedure only needs to be performed once per year, but it must be done on every individual computer on which you use SAS.


Step 1 - Connect to the repository for the SAS License Files at UNH SAS License Files. This folder is accessible to all UNH account holders, but you may have to login with your UNH username and password to gain access.

Step 2 - Locate the license file for the version of SAS you have installed:

  • SAS94_32bit_July2024_License.txt - for Windows 32-bit installations of SAS 9.4.
  • SAS94_64bit_July2024_License.txt - for Windows 64-bit installations of SAS 9.4.
  • SAS94_64bit_Server_July2024_License.txt - for installations of SAS 9.4 on Windows Server 64-bit.
  • SAS94_Linux_July2024_License.txt - for installations of SAS 9.4 on Linux.

Step 3 - Download the correct file to your computer. You can do so by clicking on the file name to display the file, and then clicking the Download link at the top of the page. Be sure to save the file to a convenient location such as your Downloads folder or Desktop.

Step 4 - Run the Renew SAS Software utility.

  • This utility can be found in the Windows Start Menu under the SAS folder in the Utilities sub-folder.
  • If the Renew SAS Software tool cannot be reached from the Start menu, the tool can be located on your hard drive. Go to the directory where you installed SAS. From there, look in the SASRenewalUtility\9.4\ folder.  Double-click on sasrenew.exe to start the Renew SAS Software tool.

Step 5 - Once the Renew SAS Software window is displayed, begin by clicking Browse to locate the file that you downloaded to your computer. Click Next to continue.

Step 6 - Click OK when the details of the SAS Installation Data license file are displayed.

Step 7 - In the final step, verify that the installation directory for your copy of SAS is listed, and click Renew. A confirmation dialog will be displayed when the update is complete.

Note: If you select the wrong license file (64-bit instead of 32-bit or vice versa, or the wrong SAS version), you will receive an error message instead of a confirmation. If this happens, repeat this entire process but use the correct license file instead.

Step 8 - Close and quit the Renew SAS Software utility when finished.



Your SAS license has been renewed for a year.

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Task: To test your SAS license

You can check your license expiration date with the following SAS commands.  

Enter the following commands in a SAS command window and then click the Submit button.

 proc setinit;



The    proc setinit   command will return the details of the SAS license in the SAS log.

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Further Readings

Installing SAS

Using SAS





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