Cisco Licensing

Cisco Software Licensing

Simplifying your licensing journey

When it comes to Cisco, you have choice in how you purchase, consume, and deploy software.

Get started with Smart Licensing

Cisco Smart Licensing is a flexible software licensing method that simplifies the way you activate and manage licenses across your organization. Manage your Smart Licenses through your Smart Account.


We are delivering more visibility into your entitlements and more consistency across our portfolio and your experience.

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No registration required. Simply connect your new devices with your subscription out of the box.

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Flexible licensing options and usage visibility

A consistent licensing experience across transactional and buying program purchases.

We offer our products through licensing and entitlements. This user guide will provide you with an overview of how to use Cisco licensing.

See the Cisco Licensing Guide for information on license management.


Most Cisco software is available in three tiers: Essentials, Advantage, and Premier, with incremental capabilities in each tier.


You can purchase subscriptions in monthly, 1-, 3-, 5- and 7-year terms based on offer.


We measure software consumption in three main categories: user, device, and capacity.

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Predictable billing. Co-termed renewals. Growth flexibility.

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Introduction to Licensing

Our mission

Our goal is to improve your Cisco experience by simplifying the licensing journey to help you deliver on current and emerging business needs.

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Troubleshoot common issues

Get started with easy to follow “How to” documents for common questions.

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