You can export a report for the license use of products for a certain time period and vCenter Server system. The report is exported in a CSV file that you can later open with third-party applications.


A tamper-detection feature in vCenter Server protects the license use information. If the licensing data in the vCenter Server database has been edited, you cannot export a license use report.


Required privilege: Global > Licenses


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Administration, and under Licensing select License Reports.
  2. Click Export.

    The Export License Data window appears.

  3. From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server instance for which you want to export license use data.

    If you select a vCenter Server instance that is part of a Linked Mode group, the report contains license use data for the entire group.

  4. (Optional) To export data for a vCenter Server instance that is part of a Linked Mode group, select Export license data only for the selected vCenter Server instance.
  5. Select a preconfigured or a custom time period for the license use report from the Time period drop-down menu.
  6. Click Export.

    The export operation takes a few seconds.

  7. In the Save Export File window, click Yes.
  8. Browse to the location where you want to save the file and click Save.


The license use for products over the selected time period is exported in a CSV file. The CSV file is contained in a .zip file saved to the specified location.

The exported report contains raw data about the license use of products for the selected vCenter Server system or Linked Mode group. It includes all the license use snapshots that vCenter Server collected over the selected period. The exported report is free of user and company-specific information.

Each row of the exported CSV file lists a single license use snapshot, which includes an asset, its assigned license key, and the use at the given timestamp.

Table 1. Information in an Exported Report



License Key

Assigned license key.

Product Edition

Edition of the product to which the license key belongs.

Cost Unit

Capacity type of the license key (CPU, instance, virtual machine, and so on).

License Key Expiration Date

Expiry date of the license key, if applicable.

Asset ID

Automatically generated ID that vCenter Server uses to identify the asset.


Amount of units from the license capacity that the asset uses at the time of the timestamp. The unit of this value is indicated in the Cost Unit column.


Capacity of the license key. The unit of this value is indicated in the Cost Unit column.

vCenter Servers

vCenter Server instances for which the usage is reported. This column is useful when the report is generated for multiple vCenter Server instances.


Timestamp of the license use snapshot.

The last section of raw data in the file contains a signature that is a checksum of the file content. You can ignore this section of the report.