WhiteSource Bolt in Visual Studio subscriptions

Find and fix open source vulnerabilities and generate comprehensive inventory and license reports of all open source components in your build. Some Visual Studio subscriptions include six months of free access.

Activation steps

  1. To activate your WhiteSource Bolt benefit, sign in to https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits .

  2. Locate the WhiteSource Bolt tile in the Tools section, and click on the Get Code link at the bottom of the benefit tile.

    WhiteSource Benefit Tile

  3. You’ll receive a notification displaying your activation code. Copy the code to your clipboard, then click Activate.

    WhiteSource Benefit Code

  4. On the WhiteSource web page, click on the Activate button or scroll down to the Activate your account section of the page.

    WhiteSource Benefit Activate

  5. In the Activate your account section of the page, you’ll be guided through four steps:

Click the green Install button if you are using Azure DevOps Services, or the Download button for Team Foundation Server. For this example, we will use Azure DevOps Services.

WhiteSource Benefit Install Extension

  • Next, select the Azure DevOps organization you want to use and click Confirm. (If you have not yet set up Azure DevOps Services, visit the Benefits page and activate your Azure DevOps Services benefit.)

WhiteSource Benefit Confirm Account

  • You’ll receive a confirmation that the extension is installed and ready to use. Click Get started to return to the WhiteSource Bolt page and continue.

WhiteSource Benefit Install Complete

  1. Open your Azure DevOps project dashboard, click on the Azure Pipelines menu and choose WhiteSource Bolt.

    WhiteSource Benefit Add Extension

  2. Paste the activation code from the WhiteSource Bolt benefit tile and click Activate. Each of your activation codes can be used to activate only one project.

    WhiteSource Benefit Activate Code

  3. Your activation is now complete, and you will have 180 days remaining on your subscription.

  4. You’ll need to add the WhiteSource Bolt extension as one of your build steps. A video is available on the WhiteSource Bolt page to show you how.

  5. Once you’ve run your build, the following comprehensive reports and dashboards will be generated automatically:

    • Security vulnerabilities dashboard
    • Security vulnerabilities report
    • Outdated libraries report
    • License risks and compliance dashboard
    • Inventory report


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail, selected NFR1 6 months Yes
Visual Studio Professional (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail Not Available NA
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail Not available NA
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail Not available NA
Visual Studio Dev Essentials NA Not available NA
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (monthly cloud) Azure Not available NA

1 Includes: Microsoft Partner Network (Enterprise). Excludes: Other Not for Resale (NFR), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), FTE, MCT Software & Services Developer, BizSpark, Imagine, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD), MCT Software & Services, Microsoft Partner Network (Professional).


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