A license is not necessarily required to use MapForge, but having one will unlock additional features and capabilities. MapForge can be used free of charge (i.e. without a license) to create and export low-resolution (up to 50 pixels per grid square) maps, and even to use free or paid Add-Ons.
A license for MapForge currently costs $30, and can be purchased here. Be aware that the price is likely to go up slightly in coming years as more features are added.
A MapForge license allows you to use the software and registered Add-Ons on a single computer. MapForge uses a Challenge/Response licensing scheme, meaning that a license code will only work for the specific computer it is issued for.
It is also possible to use the software on a second computer, for a one-time $5 setup fee, which will also allow you to use any purchased Add-Ons on that second computer. Click here for details or to purchase.
FAQ: How are licenses handled when a customer gets a new computer?
When you get a new computer, you can permanently transfer your license over to that new computer simply by requesting to do so via email and including the new computer’s Challenge Code (shown in MapForge’s License panel). This license transfer is free of charge, and can be done even if the prior computer has already died a horrible death. The transfer will include not only the license, but also all registered Add-Ons. Prior to effecting the transfer, the old license and Add-On registrations will be permanently canceled/revoked, so do not attempt to swap MapForge back and forth between two computers; it will not work.