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The /var/cpanel/license.cfg file is available in cPanel & WHM version 84 and later.

This document provides steps to downgrade your server's local license file for testing purposes.

You can use the hint file /var/cpanel/license.cfg to request a restricted cPanel & WHM license for testing purposes. This restricted license will benefit developers who would like to test custom code or experiment with user limitations.

The system uses the /var/cpanel/license.cfg file as a hint for the license request to downgrade your local license file. You can not use this file to upgrade your license.


To upgrade your license, contact cPanel Customer Service.

Downgrade your local license file

To downgrade your local license file for testing, perform the following steps:

  1. From the command line, log in to your cPanel & WHM server as the root user.

  2. Open the /var/cpanel/license.cfg file with your favorite editor.

  3. Edit the producttype and maxusers values to your desired settings. See the table below for more information.

  4. Save the file and refresh the license. To refresh the license, run the /usr/local/cpanel/cpkeyclt script.

Available values

VariableTypeDescriptionPossible valuesExample
producttypestringA server profile.
  • databasenode — The Database Node profile.
  • dnsnode — The DNS Node profile.
  • dnsonly - The DNSOnly mode.
  • mailnode — The Mail Node profile.
  • standardnode — The Standard Node profile.

A numeric value.


This value must be lower than the maximum amount of users that your license allows.

A positive integer that does not exceed the maximum user count for your license.40