Site licences for universities, organisations and teams

Floating and static group licences

Group licences

If you want to provide access to Quirkos across a organisation such as your university, department, computer lab or company, there are several options for site licences. We offer discounts when buying more than 3 licences, on top of our already affordable, permanent licences.

There are two types of group licences, static licences which provide Quirkos for a particular computer(s), or floating licences which allow a certain number of seats at once. To get quotes and more information about these options, please e-mail, call 00 44 131 555 3736 or 'quirkos' on Skype.

Static Licences

Static licences provide a permanent licence for the current version of Quirkos for one computer, and are the same as the licences you can purchase directly on the website. These are linked to a particular computer, and allow it to always use Quirkos. The first time Quirkos is installed, a licence code is entered, and the computer is activated. The only time this licence can be moved is if hardware is replaced or lost, and requires a manual request to

When buying for a group of computers/users, we can provide one licence code that can be used on several computers, or several individual activation codes. This is our standard licence, and doesn't require any other infrastructure to run.

Floating Licences

With our floating licence, an unlimited number of computers in an organisation can have Quirkos installed, but only a set number can use Quirkos at once. This is defined as the number of 'seats' like seats at a table – when someone stands up, another user can take their place.

This option is good for departments or whole organisations where it is desirable to have Quirkos installed on a lot of computers, but only a limited number of computers and users will want to work with Quirkos at one time. For example, a university with shared computers in labs and libraries could have Quirkos available on all their computers, but it is unlikely that every user will be using Quirkos.

In this situation, we provide licence server software which manages the number of 'seats' or simultaneous users that are allowed. This software needs to be run on a computer on the local network, which the end users have remote access to. Most IT departments will already have a suitable server, and our software will work on Windows, Mac or Linux servers. If this is not possible for your organisation, we can host a server for you for an additional fee.

The first time an authorised user starts Quirkos, they will need the IP address of this server, and if there are free places the software will allow them to start Quirkos. Usually IT departments will install Quirkos on a managed desktop environment, but users can also download the floating licence version of software for themselves below, and it can even be run from a USB stick. End users can be on either Mac or Windows versions of Quirkos from the same licence server. There is no difference in features or compatibility between the float and static versions of Quirkos.

Float Licenced Quirkos For Mac 10.8 and later

Float Licenced Quirkos For Windows Vista and later

Contact us at and we can advise you on the best fit for your needs. Remember, you can always buy a static licence directly through our website, with discounts for students, charities, education and public sector.