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Moving LightBurn To Another Computer

This guide will cover LightBurn's built-in tools to migrate your settings to a new computer.

License Management

Each LightBurn license key comes with 3 seats, allowing you to activate LightBurn on up to 3 computers simultaneously. If you will no longer be using LightBurn on a particular computer, you can deactivate LightBurn to free up the seat for use on another computer. See License Management for more information.

You can add additional seats without purchasing a separate license here.

Migrate LightBurn Settings

This step will migrate your Display & Units settings as well as your File settings. See the Settings window documentation to learn more about these settings.


Export an existing LightBurn installation's settings to a LightBurn Preferences File (.lbprefs) by going to FileExport Prefs. Save the .lbprefs file somewhere you can access from the new computer.

Export Laser Preferences Menu Location


On the new LightBurn installation, go to FileImport Prefs and select the .lbprefs file from step 1. Confirm that you want to overwrite your current preferences.

Device Settings

Device settings are managed separately from overall LightBurn settings. See Device Settings to learn more about these settings.


  1. Click the Devices button in the Laser window to open the Devices window.
  2. Select a laser, then click Export.
  3. Save the LightBurn Device File (.lbdev) somewhere you can access from the new computer.


  1. Open the Devices window as described above.
  2. Click the Import button.
  3. Select the .lbdev file and click Open to add the pre-configured device.



If you aren't sure where to find the library files, search your computer for .clb files to locate Material Libraries or .lbart files to locate Art Libraries.

To migrate a Material Library or Art Library, locate the file on your old computer and copy it to your new computer.

On the new LightBurn installation, go to the relevant window and use the Load button to import the library.

SHX Fonts

  1. Copy your SHX Fonts folder to the new computer.
  2. If your SHX fonts aren't recongized, update the SHX Font path on the new computer.