iLok is the authorisation system that the we use to manage your plug-in licences. Your licences can be authorised to various different places, like a specific computer or a USB dongle, but some Sonnox licences can only be authorised to specific locations. 


  1. iLok Dongle - This method comes in the form of a USB dongle which has to be plugged in to the machine that you're running your plug-ins from. It keeps our software secure and protects your purchase from being distributed illegally. All Sonnox plug-ins can be authorised with an iLok USB device.

    The latest versions of all Sonnox plug-ins, "G5", can only be authorised to iLok2 and iLok3 devices, and are incompatible with the original iLok1. Older plug-ins (G4 and earlier) can still be authorised to your iLok1 device.

  2. iLok Cloud - Some Sonnox licences can be authorised to the "Cloud", which uses an active internet connection to authorise your plug-ins. All Sonnox G5 licences, excluding Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, Codec Toolbox and Restore (DeBuzzer, DeClicker, DeNoiser) can be authorised to the Cloud. Older plug-ins (G4 and earlier) need to be updated to G5 to add Cloud compatibility.

  3. Machine Authorisation - This method allows you to authorise your plug-ins directly to your working machine. This method is less flexible than the iLok Dongle method, which allows you to authorise your licence on multiple machines, but it does mean you don't have to have the dongle plugged in to use your plug-in. Oxford range products are not compatible with this level of authorisation.


For more information about iLok devices, please read our iLok FAQs.