AWS License Manager
User Guide

Using AWS License Manager

This section describes the license-related operations handled by AWS License Manager and shows how to perform them using the License Manager console.

License Manager can be applied to standard scenarios for enterprises with a mixed infrastructure of AWS Cloud resources and on-premises resources.

Licensing for AWS Marketplace products

Using License Manager, you can now associate licensing rules to AWS Marketplace BYOL AMI products via Amazon EC2 launch templates, AWS CloudFormation templates, or AWS Service Catalog products. In each case, you benefit from centralized license-tracking and compliance enforcement.


License Manager does not change how you obtain and activate your BYOL AMIs from Marketplace. After launching, you must provide a license key obtained directly from the seller to activate any third-party software.

Tracking licenses for resources in on-premises data centers

With License Manager, you can discover applications running outside of AWS with the Systems Manager inventory service, and then attach licensing rules to them. After licensing rules are attached, you can track on-premises servers along with AWS resources in the License Manager console. The only difference for non-AWS resources is that License Manager does not validate licensing rules at the time of launch or termination.

The following topics describe how to create license configurations, take inventory of your license-consuming resources, associate licenses with resources, and track inventory and compliance.