Licensing and Features

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Nexus IQ Server powers multiple Nexus solutions, including Lifecycle, Auditor, Firewall, and Lifecycle Foundation. Each solution's corresponding license controls access to IQ Server tools and features. You may have access to some 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 table below breaks down the various solutions (licenses) and their corresponding products.

Solution (License)

Product (What's Installed)

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

Nexus Firewall*

Nexus IQ Server + 
Plugin for supported repository manager**

Feature Matrix

As shown above, you may install the same product (Nexus IQ Server) regardless of which license you purchase. Use the matrix below to understand the features each license unlocks.

Legend: = Supported  = Not Available


Nexus Auditor

Nexus Firewall

Nexus Lifecycle + Nexus Lifecycle Cloud

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 or JFrog Artifactory. For more information, please see Firewall - Getting Started.

**Plugin for Nexus Repository is bundled with Nexus Repository product.