You can use Meerkat locally as long as you want without purchasing a license. However, once you use Meerkat on a site with a public domain you will need to purchase a license for Meekat. Without a license, you will not be able to use the Meerkat Control Panel tools until you do.

You can add your license key in Meerkat's addons settings in the Control Panel, or in site/settings/addons/meerkat.yaml as license_key.

You will also be provided an opportunity to enter your license key any time you attempt to access the Meerkat Control Panel features on a live site without a license.

You can read the license terms here. You should also read the site's Privacy Policy as well as the site's general Terms and Conditions.

NOTICE If you purchased Meerkat from the Statamic Marketplace, please follow the marketplace instructions to activate your license as marketplace licenses are handled separately.

Entering Your License Key

To enter your license key, access the Meerkat settings by navigating to Addons > Meerkat from the Statamic Control Panel. On the page that appears you may enter your license key. Click "Save" in the upper-right corner for your license key to take effect.

You can also add your license key in Meerkat's addons settings in the Control Panel, or in site/settings/addons/meerkat.yaml as license_key.

One License Per Domain

You can use a Meerkat license on one domain. Domains are tied to your Meerkat license, and can be managed from your account's Licenses page. Licenses are validated once an hour when you are logged into your site's control panel.

Changing your license key will cause Meerkat to automatically check your license key; this way, you do not have to wait an entire hour for the license key to kick in.

Developing Sites

You may download a trial version of Meerkat at any time and use it on your local computer without a license key. License keys are required when Meerkat is being used on an actual site.

Public Sites

Meerkat uses the same rules as Statamic when determining whether or not a domain is "public" or not.

A domain is considered not public when any of the following conditions are met:

  • The domain contains no top-level-domain (localhost, for example)
  • The domain is just an IP address
  • The domain is using a port other than 80 or 443
  • The site is being hosted from one of the following subdomains: test., testing., sandbox., local., stage., or staging.
  • The site is being hosted from of the following TLDs: .dev, .local, .test, or .app