What is CodeMeter.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CodeMeter.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CodeMeter.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CodeMeter
CodeMeter.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CodeMeter Runtime Server belongs to software CodeMeter Runtime Kit or Authorizer Ignition Key Support or Rockwell Automation CM Runtime by WIBU-SYSTEMS AG (

Description: CodeMeter.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CodeMeter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,105,144 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,568,120 bytes and 20 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. It is digitally signed. CodeMeter.exe is a Verisign signed file. CodeMeter.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramCodeMeter Runtime Server or CodeMeter Runtime Kit or ask the developer,, for support.

Recommended: Identify CodeMeter.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CodeMeter.exe. Therefore, you should check the CodeMeter.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

codemeter.exe is a copy protection dongle or software version, used by some software like reason 6, ssl duende native and others. it's 100% legit....
  Andre   (further information)
I believe Codemeter was installed on my system (unknown to me) when I installed a demo of Propellerhead Reason (a popular music synthesizer). I think it provides a hardware key (dongle) to allow purchasers of the application to run it with full capabilities (the demo will not allow saves).
  Jim F.  
I know I did not install it, and in fact did NOT install any other software on the file creation date of any files in the CodeMeter folder. It showed up on a day I did not install ANY programs or browser addons.
  Eric Wright  
I didn't install this program into my PC. I do not trust it at all.
  Eric Lam  
This copy protection program was installed together with ZIP Repair Pro ( It was installed without notice and must be rated as spyware and backdoor.
  Buddy   (further information)
It's installed along Bosch'es catalgoue proggram ESI tronic v.2.0
installed on my PC with a parts catalogue for a German OEM. seems to be used as/in conjunction as a DRM system for the catalogue PDF library
Monitors Program activities through firewall. When it installed itself on my PC it opened ports in Firewall, it also runs as a background service. I hate these intruder programs.
My installation of codemeter was installed when I installed an NVidia GeForce graphics driver package. There is no option to remove it separately.
it was downloaded with 2020 design systems which are horrid clunky programs I removed it as it was slowing my computer down
Program zainstalowany bez mojej wiedzy podczas instalacji dema Mastercam X7. Installed during Mastercam x7 demo installation without my knowledge.
It was installed without any notice or prompt and started running in the background. The shady way in which it was installed not to mention the fact that it can monitor applications spells trouble to me.
  Abhinav Singh  
this was installed on my pc wenn i installed Recover My Files i rate es unwanted because installed without my permission and could be dangerous too.
I'm pretty sure Code Meter came with a demo I was trying out. It doesn't leave an uninstall file, so it's no good to try to uninstall in the conventional way. If you go to the program file folder in X86 called CodeMeter,you can manually delete the folders, bottom up, after you stop the processes it has running in Task Manager.
i don't know how it got into my computer. i am 1000000% SURE i didn't install it, and i read EVERY CheckBox i see when i install every software. not only that, but i'm also SURE i didn't install ANY new software in the past month, so maybe i got from some security breach in both my UPDATED Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7... all this brings me to think that it is a very dangerous program, or AT LEAST a spyware\trojan of some kind.
  Eitan Arbel  
Comes preinstalled with some PC's, therefore, I'm inclined to believe it's bloatware/crapware.
Installed with Rockwell (Logix Studio) activation software. Non-harmful licensing software (though may be installed without knowledge, it is safe). Is installed as a Service as well.
  Kevin W.  
Codemeter.exe showed up in my task manager without me having installed it or installed any software that would use codemeter such as this propellerhead reason thing. Does not show up in add/remove programs. I don't trust it and I want it gone.
  Roger H  
It also changes your Windows firewall settings, so check them and block them.
  Bill D  
Codemeter is installed by Mastercam software. I dislike these kinds of programs, but some software will not run without them. It is a software validation license program. It is mentioned several times here on the Mastercam site:
  Designer   (further information)
Andre is correct. The file is part of a copy protection dongle. Our desktops have it to use 2020 Design software. The license USB dongle needs to be plugged in to use the software.
Installed with recover my files v5. Licencing application.
  Hoogle McDoogal   (further information)
It popped up after a windows automatic 8.1 update
It's possible there are some other variations of files called Codemeter but in my case, Codemeter is a copy protection application that works in conjunction with a USB dongle (you can confirm this at My dongle is required in order to work with Magix Samplitude recording software. Codemeter (when properly installed) will show up as a drive with it's own drive letter. I guess you could say it's similar to iLok (they both provide software copy protection). In my case, I would rate it safe and important. If it's not causing any problems, leave it alone. If it bothers you, remove it and see what happens. In all cases make sure you have a recent C drive backup in case you need to go back in time ;-)
  Larry   (further information)
I think it was installed without notice me when I've installed the software Recover My Files V5 the 26th october 2015. It's very unfair from the editor
after misteriously appeared on my pc, Microsoft Office didn't recognized my licence, therefore blocking my use of the Office suite...
  Roger That  
Codemeter service was installed with Graphisoft's Archicad 19
  jnbraga   (further information)
Was installed with ZIP repair pro without asking me! Dangerous!
Came with a popular free DMX controller software. Martin Showdesigner; it is a critical program to run the software

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CodeMeter.exe: based on 32 votes with 30 user comments. 8 users think CodeMeter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 10 users think CodeMeter.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade CodeMeter.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving CodeMeter issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CodeMeter. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CodeMeter.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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