How to Install and Activate Waves V10

Last updated on: 5/31/2020 2:07:45 AM

Learn how to install and activate Waves plugins V10 plugins, either online via Waves Central, by creating your own V10 offline installer via Waves Central, or by downloading a dedicated V10 offline installer.

Important Notes:

  • Newly purchased (or demoed) V11 licenses will activate V10 and V9 software, as long as the products in question exist in V10 or V9 versions. To find out whether a certain plugin exists in V10 or V9 versions, visit the V10 and V9 Legacy Download pages, and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Products released after October 27, 2019 will not be available for online installation in V10, nor will they be available in the V10 offline installer offered below. Check our Release Notes for specific information.
  • If you install using the offline installer method below, Sample libraries for Waves instruments must be installed manually.

This article covers different scenarios such as:

  • You have V11 license/s but need to install V10 software due to system requirements, using online or offline installation.
  • You have V10 license/s and wish to install V10.

So, let’s first activate the V10 or V11 license/s:

Step #1 Activate your Licenses:

  1. Download and install Waves Central for |
    If you already have Waves Central installed, skip to step 2.
  2. Launch the Waves Central application on the computer where your licenses are activated.
       Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
       Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Log into Waves Central.
  4. Select the Licenses page on the left bar.
  5. Select My License Cloud at the top of the page.
  6. Choose the V10 or V11 license/s you wish to activate. Selected licenses will appear in the list on the right.
  7. Choose the target device for the activated license/s.
  8. Click the Activate button.

Step #2: Install the V10 software

Install V10 software, choosing one of the following three methods:

Method 1: Install Online with Waves Central

  1. Download and install Waves Central for |
    If you already have Waves Central installed, skip to step 2.
  2. Launch the Waves Central application on the computer where your licenses are activated.
       Windows: via the desktop shortcut or Start Menu > All Programs > Waves Central.
       Mac: Applications > Waves Central.
  3. Log into Waves Central.
  4. Click the Install Products page > All Products tab.
  5. Click the View menu and select only V10.
  6. Use the search bar to search and select the products you wish to install. Review the selections in the Summary section.
  7. Click the Install button.

Your products are now ready to use.

Method 2: Prepare Your Own V10 Offline Installer via Waves Central

Method 3: Use the Dedicated V10 Offline Installer

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