How do I activate Express? Where is my serial code?

DanielGWoodDanielGWood Moderator

If you are having trouble activating HitFilm Express, or the software is asking you for a serial code, please read this before posting.

Even if you already have the program installed, you need to follow steps 1-3 at some point!

1. Sign up for Express if you haven’t already
- If you have an ad blocker installed, temporarily disable it
- You will be asked to share via social media
- Then either Login or Create an account

2. You will receive an email (if you don’t, check your spam folder, then contact Support)

3. Click the “Download…” link in the email, even if you’ve already downloaded and installed. This completes the software registration process, so you now have an Express license on your account

4. If you haven’t already installed Express, links to installers can be found on that page

5. Open Express on your computer, and you should see the Activation dialog. Click Activate & Unlock, then login with your username and password. You should not be asked for a serial code if you have completed steps 1-3!
- If you’re activating without an Internet connection, follow the additional instructions on screen

6. You should now be activated. You’re not likely to ever need your serial code, but if you do, you can find it in Your Account.


Please note we do not issue serial codes for the previous versions of Express (HitFilm Express 2017, HitFilm 3 Express and HitFilm 4 Express) any more.

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