Product activation

After installation is complete, you will be prompted to activate your product. There are multiple activation methods that can be used. The availability of a particular activation method may vary depending on the country, as well as the means of distribution (CD/DVD, ESET web page, etc.) for your product.


To activate your copy of ESET Endpoint Security for macOS directly from the program, click the ESET Endpoint Security for macOS icon eset_icon located in the macOS Menu Bar (top of the screen) and click Product activation. You can also activate your product from the main menu under Help > Manage license or Protection status > Activate product.


You can use any of the following methods to activate ESET Endpoint Security for macOS:


Activate with License Key – A unique string in the format XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX which is used for identification of the license owner and activation of the license. You can find your License key in the email received after the purchase or on the license card included in the box.

Security Admin – An account created on the ESET License Administrator portal with credentials (email address + password). This method allows you to manage multiple licenses from one location.

Offline license – An automatically generated file that will be transferred to the ESET product to provide license information. Your offline License file is generated from the ESET License Administrator portal and is used in environments where the application cannot connect to the licensing authority.


You can also activate this client at a later time if your computer is a member of managed network and your administrator plans to use ESET Remote Administrator to activate your product.



Silent activation

ESET Remote Administrator is able to activate client computers silently using licenses made available by the administrator.


ESET Endpoint Security for macOS version (or later) provides you with the option to activate the product using Terminal. To do so, issue the following command:

sudo ./esets_daemon --wait-respond --activate key=XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Replace XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX with a License Key that has already been used for the activation of ESET Endpoint Security for macOS or registered in ESET License Administrator. The command will return either the "OK" state or an error if the activation fails.