Licensing and Features


Nexus solutions — Lifecycle, Auditor, Firewall, and Lifecycle Foundation — are powered by Nexus IQ Server. Each solution has a corresponding license that controls the availability of IQ Server tools and features. You may have access to a portion or all of IQ Server tools and features depending on the solution you purchased.

In general, when we are talking about a solution, we are referring a particular license (e.g. Nexus Lifecycle vs. Nexus Firewall ) and the features it unlocks. In contrast, when we describe a product, we specifically mean the thing you will install (e.g. Nexus IQ Server). The various solutions (licenses) and their corresponding product are broken down in the table below:

Solution (License)

Product (What's Installed)

Nexus LifecycleNexus IQ Server
Nexus Lifecycle FoundationNexus IQ Server
Nexus AuditorNexus IQ Server

Nexus Firewall*

Nexus IQ Server + 
Nexus Repository Manager

Nexus Firewall for Artifactory**

Nexus IQ Server + 
JFrog Artifactory Pro

Feature Matrix

As you may have noticed, in some cases the same product is installed regardless of the license. Use the following matrix to help understand which features are unlocked by a particular license:

Legend: = Supported  = Not Available


Nexus Auditor

Nexus Firewall

Nexus Lifecycle

Nexus Lifecycle Foundation
Organization Management

Application Management

Policy Management

Continuous Monitoring

Analysis Stages

  • Proxy

  • Develop

  • Source

  • Build

  • Stage

  • Release

  • Operate

Automatic Enforcement

(release only)

(proxy only)

(all stages, minus proxy)


  • Repository

  • CLI

  • IDE

  • Build and Continuous Integration

  • SCM

Dashboard and Reporting

  • Dashboard

  • Application Composition Report

  • Repository Results

Platform Capabilities


  • Application Webhooks

  • Repository Webhooks

*The Nexus Firewall solution requires installation of both Nexus IQ Server and Nexus Repository Manager. For more information, please see IQ Server and Repository Management.

**The Nexus Firewall for Artifactory solution requires installation of both Nexus IQ Server and JFrog Artifactory Pro. For more information, please see IQ Server and Firewall for Artifactory.