Milestone XProtect Essential VMS
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Milestone Xprotect Essential VMS Security Camera Software


Please note that Essential is now free direct from Milestone.
If you’d like to update an older paid version of Essential, please contact us.

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Product Description

Milestone Xprotect Essential VMSXProtect® Essential

Entry-level software for small companies that require basic, yet effective functionality.


Essential is now Free

(up to 8 cameras) click here to download now.

Learn more about XProtect Essential. There is nothing you need from us. The free license will come from Milestone Directly when you download the software. You’ll have to renew the license once a year with Milestone as well.

If you want Care Plus or need more than 8 cameras, you’ll need use Express.

XProtect Essential is easy and affordable open platform VMS that is ideal for businesses that primarily capture video recordings of incidents and reactively conduct investigations. XProtect Essential is an entry-level product that allows users to effortlessly add cameras and quickly identify video sequences with easy-to-use search tools.

Milestone Systems is the world’s leading provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS) and its XProtect VMS is used by more than 100,000 customers worldwide. XProtect is designed with open architecture. This means that all XProtect products are compatible with more IP cameras, encoders and digital video recorders than any other VMS manufacturer’s products, giving you the freedom to mix and match hardware to fit your needs and budget.

What is Care Plus Add-Ons?

What do I get with Milestone Care Plus?

Mobile alerts

With Milestone Care Plus, you can get
alerts on your mobile when an alarm is
triggered on your premises, providing
you with ultimate peace of mind.

Customer Dashboard

If your installation is managed by an authorized Milestone reseller/integrator, they can take advantage of Customer Dashboard to make sure your installation is functioning as it should.

Easier Remote Connections

Smart Connect – ease of deployment for Mobile Client

Access to the latest software


Key features XProtect Essential
XProtect Express
XProtect Professional
XProtect Enterprise
XProtect Expert
XProtect Corporate
Type of deployment Single-server Single-server Multi-server Multi-site Centrally managed, multi-server Centrally managed, distributed sites
Licensing 8 devices free, expandable with subcription packs* Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual Perpetual
Number of
connected cameras per system
48 48 Unlimited (1) Unlimited (1) Unlimited Unlimited
Number of
supported Recording S
1 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Maximum numbers 
of users
5 5 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Support for XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alarm Manager Yes (2) Yes (2) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Map function Yes (3) Yes (3) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving to
network storage
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third-party application 
integration and support for video analytics (4)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Active Directory Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metadata support Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Flexible event
rule wizard
Yes Yes
Edge Storage Yes Yes
Support for XProtect Smart Wall  Optional Included
Failover Recording 
 Yes Yes
Evidence Lock Yes
Milestone Federated Architecture Supported Management Supported
Supported Supported Supported Supported Management
Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported

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Easy to install

XProtect: Easy to install

Milestone has reinvented the process of installing, configuring and using an IP video solution. With automatic configuration wizards and camera detection, it is easy to get up and running quickly with XProtect.

Easy to upgrade

XProtect: Easy to upgrade

It is easier than ever to keep current with the latest advancements and upgrade your XProtect system. When updating to a new version of the same product, the installer automatically obtains a license for the latest software version. When upgrading from one XProtect VMS to a more advanced product, re-installation of the software is no longer required. You can also see notifications about software releases and new device packs in the Management Application when the system is online.

Easy to maintain

XProtect: Easy to maintain

The Milestone Customer Dashboard is an online system monitoring service that enables resellers to obtain real-time status updates of their customers’ installations. With this monitoring system, resellers can keep track of even the simplest technical issue on a customer’s installation and proactively solve it before it becomes a problem for the user.

Easy to manage

XProtect: Easy to manage

Milestone Interconnect™ is a unique system concept that connects all XProtect video VMS, Milestone Husky™ NVRs and Milestone Arcus™ appliances with Milestone’s premium software XProtect Corporate. Milestone Interconnect is the ideal solution to centrally manage installations for a variety of industries, such as retail, transportation and monitoring stations.

Easy to use

XProtect: Easy to use

Milestone continually strives to make XProtect VMS easy to use, so we offer three flexible ways for users to view surveillance: XProtect®Smart Client, Milestone Mobile and XProtect® Web Client. Depending on where you are and what features you need, you can choose the mobile device or computer you prefer to use and whether you want to access XProtect VMS on-site, off-site or on-the-go. And because all of our clients are free of charge, you can use all three or any combination of the clients based on your preferences.


 Download Software

Get the latest software updates for your product


 Download Device Drivers

Get the latest Device Drivers for your product


 System Requirements

Find minimum requirements for Milestone products



  XProtect Mobile Client

Milestone XProtect Mobile Client  Xprotect Smart Client

  Xprotect Web Client

Milestone Web Client supported web browsers

 Video Tutorials
XProtect License Activation Guide 2014 866.95 KB
XProtect Essential Administrator’s Manual 2014 2.53 MB
XProtect Administrator’s Getting Started Guide 2014 540.11 KB
Milestone Mobile Client Manual 2014 649.57 KB
Milestone Mobile Server Manual 2014 777.33 KB
XProtect Smart Client User’s Manual 2014 3.32 MB
XProtect Smart Client Quick Guide – How to search and export video evidence 2014 1.19 MB


Configuration wizards

Watch this tutorial for a quick introduction to the configuration wizards for hardware, video storage, motion detection and user access.




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