This article provides basic information about software identification (SWID) tags and explains how to create and view a licensed software record based on SWID tags in Jamf Pro.
Jamf Pro 9.0 and later
Licensed Software allows you to store and track licenses for the software in your environment so you can easily access license and purchasing information and monitor compliance. For each software product that you want to track licenses for, you must create a licensed software record in Jamf Pro. However, creating a licensed software record based only on application name and version number can cause inaccurate license counts in certain scenarios.
This potential issue is addressed through the use of software tagging. Software tagging is the process of companies including a software identification (SWID) tag with each installation of their software. Each software company has their own unique registration identifier (reg ID) that matches the SWID tag. The SWID tag is an XML file that contains information about the identification, license, and management of an individual piece of software. Therefore, if a computer has a suite of applications it could potentially have multiple SWID tags.
Depending on the software company, a SWID tag can contain varying amounts information. A SWID tag can potentially include the following:
The international standard for SWID tags is ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009.
The rest of this article explains how to create and view a licensed software record based on SWID tags in Jamf Pro.
To create and view a licensed software record based on SWID tags, the software you want to track must have a SWID tag associated with it and the SWID tag must be in Jamf Pro.
For more information about software tagging in general, visit the following website:
For more information about tracking licensed software with Jamf Pro, see Licensed Software Record in the Jamf Pro Administrator's Guide.