Setting the License Vanity

When you first subscribe to Central, a license vanity is provided for you based on your license (e.g., company) name. This vanity is the prefix (or subdomain) of the default Central domain that is used for your outputs (e.g., You can change this license vanity if you would like to use something else, although you cannot change the root Central domain (i.e., the last part, which is "").

Warning Use caution when changing the license vanity. It is generally best to do this when your Central license is new and before you have set sites to “live.” If you have already published outputs and then decide to change the license vanity, any links to the older URL will be broken.

Important When changing your license vanity, keep in mind that MadCap Software is not responsible for other companies claiming a particular name before you are able to.

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Permission Required?

For this activity, you must have the following permission setting:

For more information about permissions, see Setting User Permissions or Setting Team Permissions.

How to Set the License Vanity

  1. If your license is enabled for single sign-on (SSO), you will need to have your IT department update the application within your identity provider (IdP) to the changed vanity. Otherwise, you will not be able to log in to the license again after you change the vanity. See Single Sign-On.

    If you are not using SSO, you do not need to bother with this step.

  2. In the upper-right of Central, click your license avatar (or the first letter of your license if you haven't yet chosen an avatar image) and select License Settings.

  3. On the left, select Settings.
  4. In the Vanity field, enter the subdomain you want to use for your license URL (only alpha characters and numbers are allowed).

  5. Click Save.

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Animated gif showing how to set a license vanity.

Note The original license key label is based on the company name when a Central license is purchased. The same is true for the license vanity (subdomain). If your company name has a space in it, that space is automatically removed. You can add the space back when you change your license key label. However, you cannot add a space when changing the license vanity.

Note If you prefer end users to see your company’s domain instead of Central’s (“”), you can create a CNAME (Canonical Name) to map to your own host domains. The output will still be hosted on Central servers, but the URL that you give to end users will be your company’s domain. See Adding Host Mapped Domains.