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PDQ Inventory offers Enterprise licensing as well as Free mode.

PDQ Inventory Enterprise licenses are based on the number of system administrator users of the software, not the number of computers managed. You need one license for each administrator using PDQ Inventory. A common licensing mistake is to assume that because multiple admins share a single console, or share a single admin account, that only a single user license is required. This is not true. Each admin (person) requires his or her own license.

PDQ Inventory Enterprise licenses give users a 12-month subscription to product updates and support. To continue to receive updates and support, users must maintain a current subscription.

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Subscription Overview

The following sections review some of the benefits of maintaining a current PDQ Inventory subscription.

Free Product Upgrades

When using PDQ Inventory with a current Enterprise level subscription, all upgrades to PDQ Inventory are available for free. You can set up auto update checks in the Preferences menu or sign up for email notifications.

It is important to remember that upgrade protection is valid only for versions released within the subscription period. Access to current upgrades, that include Enterprise level features, require that the product version and subscription stay current.

Upgrading PDQ Inventory after a subscription has expired will result in PDQ Inventory reverting to Free Mode.

Subscription Validation

When you launch PDQ Inventory, it uses your license key to validate your subscription, then gives you access to the corresponding product features.

Additionally, for support, you must activate each license by providing an email address. For example, if you have ten Enterprise licenses, those licenses must be associated with ten email addresses on your Customer page (login at

PDQ Inventory Licensing Mode Comparison

The following table describes and explains the PDQ Inventory licensing modes.

For all the details about licensing PDQ Inventory, see our End User License Agreement (EULA).

License Mode




The Enterprise mode license includes all features of PDQ  Inventory.1

Each Enterprise mode license is a subscription license. Access to product updates, Collection Library updates and support require a current subscription.

License: The Enterprise license mode unlocks all features of PDQ Inventory, scheduled inventory scans, custom reports, custom tool integration, file and registry scanning, automatic Active Directory synchronization, collection and report sharing with Central Server, up-to-date collections with the Collection Library, and use of the Tools Library.

Enterprise users also receive priority email support.


The Free mode allows unlimited use of a subset of the features of PDQ Inventory.1

PDQ Inventory can be used for free in commercial and non-commercial environments. There is no time limit, nor is there a limit to the number of computers that can be managed.

License: No license or subscription is required. PDQ Inventory Free mode is 100% free to use in any setting (commercial, government, or education). PDQ Inventory can be redistributed so you may share the software; however, you may not bundle PDQ Inventory inside other applications nor can it be rebranded or decompiled.

Upgrade: You can upgrade a free installation of PDQ Inventory to Enterprise modes at any time by purchasing a license key or by registering for an Enterprise Trial.2

1.For details about the features available for each mode, see the PDQ Inventory Comparison table at

2.The Enterprise Trial mode is a free, 14-day, fully-functional Enterprise mode trial license. Sign up online at




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