Use case: Generate SBOMs with ActiveState Platform’s GraphQL API


How to use the ActiveState Platform for generating SBOMs (Software Bill of Materials)

This video provides a quick overview of how the ActiveState Platform can be used to generate an SBOM for all the open source language components in your software project.

You can do so by simply querying the ActiveState Platform’s GraphQL API. Follow along step by step and give it a try for your own projects.

To create your own runtime environment, featuring up-to-date, secure packages and their fully resolved dependencies you can start by creating a free ActiveState Platform account.

The ActiveState Platform’s GraphQL API provides programmatic access to detailed information about the runtime environment for your software applications. If you have a configuration file for your Python, Perl or Ruby application, you can simply:

  1. Create a runtime environment on demand in just a few minutes.
  2. Use the GraphQL API to generate an SBOM for that runtime, which shows:
    • Supplier – the name of the software vendor/author
    • Version – the published version of the component
    • Name – the name of the component
    • Relationship – which component is dependent upon other component(s)
    • License – the high-level license of the component

This feature allows customers to understand and identify all the components in their runtime environments (packages, libraries, dependencies, etc) in order to allow security and compliance personnel to track and audit the software, and satisfy their cybersecurity, legal, and compliance requirements. Reports are generated in either a light-weight JSON, or a signed heavier-weight ISO Standard SPDX v2.2.1 format.

AS platform software bill of materials

Note: Creating secure, reproducible environments are functions available to all users of the ActiveState Platform, including free tier users. Just start by creating your account using your email or GitHub credentials. As you work with the ActiveState Platform to create new Python environments, you may need to upgrade to higher tiers to obtain access to features available only to paid tier users. These include role-based access control and project branching. Please get in touch with us to help you find the best tier for your needs.

Watch Next: How to Use the ActiveState Platform for Modern Open Source Package Management

At ActiveState, we use the Platform to build not only our popular open source language distributions, but also custom runtimes for our enterprise clients (i.e. builds containing just the language and packages their project requires). Try it out yourself or get a personalized demo and understand how it can support your enterprise’s open source needs.

To read the blog based on this video ”How Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs) Support Secure Development’, head here.

New to the ActiveState Platform? Here’s how to get started, once you’ve created your free account.

Use our Platform to build a custom environment for your next project, including just the language and packages your project needs.

  • Choose a language (Python, Perl or Tcl right now)
  • Select your operating system (Linux or Windows, plus Mac for Python)
  • Add the packages your project requires

ActiveState regularly pulls packages from each language’s standard open source repository (CPAN, PyPI, etc) to ensure that your open source language and components are up to date, can be compiled from source, and are then verified to work together in a distribution that is packaged for most major operating systems. Go ahead and try our beta today! We are hanging out at our Community Forum to provide support as you explore.

Individual users can get started with the ActiveState Platform for free. For use by organizations or teams of individuals, explore our paid plans.
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