Distribute Multiple Software Tokens Using Compressed Token Format (CTF)

When you distribute software tokens using Compressed Token Format (CTF), you generate a URL, which you deliver to the user. This URL contains the token data needed by the software token application.

Before you begin

  • Instruct users to install the software token application on their devices. For installation instructions, see the documentation for the software token application.

  • Add a Software Token Profile. Your Super Admin must add a software token profile.
  • Assign Tokens to Users

Note: If you use this method to redistribute existing tokens, the users of these tokens cannot authenticate until they import the new token data.


  1. In the Security Console, click Authentication > SecurID Tokens > Distribute Software Tokens in Bulk > Generate Compressed Token Format Credentials.

  2. In the Job Name field, enter a name for the job, or accept the default name. The job is saved with this name so that you can go back and review the details of the job later. The name must be a unique name containing 1 to 128 characters.

  3. From the Software Token Profile drop-down list, select a software token profile with CTF as the delivery method.

  4. In the DeviceSerialNumber field, do one of the following:

    • To bind the token to the device class, leave the default setting.

    • To bind the token to a specific device, clear the field and enter the device ID you obtained from the user.

  5. Enter a nickname or leave the Nickname field blank.

  6. You can choose to Password Protect the token file. The following options are available:

    • Password. Enter a password of your choice. This password applies to all software tokens in the token distribution file. A password can be up to 24 characters long for 128-bit tokens and 8 characters long for 64-bit tokens.

    • No password. The user does not enter a password.

    • User ID. The user enters his or her user ID.

    • Combination User ID followed by Password. The user enters his or her user ID and the password that you set. The user ID and password combination can be up to 24 characters long for 128-bit tokens and 8 characters long for 64-bit tokens.

  7. If you select Password or Combination, create a password, and enter it in the Password and Confirm Password fields.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Enter the token selection criteria to find the tokens that you want to distribute. For example, enter the range of serial numbers for the tokens that you want to distribute.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Review the distribution summary and click Submit Job.

  12. Click the Completed tab to view completed jobs.

  13. Click the job with which you want to work.

  14. From the context menu, click Download Output File.

  15. Save the output file to your machine.

  16. Open the output file, copy the CTF URLs and safely deliver them to the users.

  17. Instruct users on how to import the token.