Sonatype Nexus License FAQ

Nexus Professional is licensed by user count, not the number of server instances. As long as the number of users accessing all Nexus instances per organization doesn't exceed the number in your written license agreement you are in compliance. Note that this is not a concurrent user count, it is a total user count.

For reference, the definition of "user" in the license agreement is:


"User" means an individual who is authorized by Company to use a Product for the benefit of Company's internal business purposes and for whom a Subscription to the Product has been purchased. Users must include, without limitation, all of Company's employees (including managers, Contributing Developers and administrators), consultants, contractors and agents. For purposes of this definition, "Contributing Developer" means a User who produces or consumes software artifacts managed and/or scanned by the Product.

Q. I want to set up a test Nexus instance. Do the number of licensed users apply to this test instance.

A. Yes.


Q. Does a user token for the same physical user as a username identifier equate to a single licensed user?

A. Yes. We treat these as multiple ids for the same licensed user.


Q. Does anonymous access to Nexus count as one user, or as many users that may be accessing Nexus anonymously?

A. If you are exposing your Nexus instances publicly (outside your organization), then the anonymous access counts as one user. If the anonymous access is within your organization, then each individual user as defined by the license agreement applies, despite the access not requiring a login.


Q. How can I verify if I am in compliance with the number of licensed users?

A. As an Administrator user, you can access the Administration -> Licensing tab in Nexus, then click the "Active Users Report" button. You will then have access to a report of all the unique IP addresses accessing nexus within the last 7 days. This information is intended as an approximation tool only. In many situations ( eg. reverse proxy fronting Nexus ), the number of unique IPs accessing Nexus will be skewed.

Other approaches to determining the number of users who can access Nexus involve counting the user accounts in the sonatype-work/nexus/conf/security.xml file or having your LDAP administrators report on the number of users in the groups which have been given access to Nexus.


 

If you have any questions or concerns about Nexus Professional licensing please contact us at support@sonatype.com

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    Praveen Singh

    If I'm executing three different Jenkins Jobs on a single slave machine with all three jobs dependent on Nexus, will that count as three licenses or one license?

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    Rich Seddon

    Automated use of Nexus does not directly count as a license use.  The intent of the user count in the license agreement is to count the number of people in your organization who are relying on Nexus to do their jobs.  People who rely on the output of the Jenkins builds which are using Nexus do count.

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    kishore

    Hi Rich,

    Hi

    i have question on nexus concurrent licence,  Assuming that we have  got 100 concurrent licences for example . Which means at any given time only 100 users can access a particular nexus instance(am i right in saying that) and what happens if  101 user try to access . assuming that you can have mutilple instances with same licence, the 100 user limit is per instance or across all instances.

    Thanks Kishore

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    Rich Seddon

    Licensing is across all instances, our aim is to count the number of people who use Nexus Professional on a regular basis to do their jobs.

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    kishore

    Thank you and those are concurrent users right. Assuming that we have  got 100 concurrent licences for example . Which means at any given time only 100 users can access a particular nexus instance(am i right in saying that) and what happens if 101 user try to access.

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