Mobile device extension attributes are custom fields that you can create to collect almost any type of data from a mobile device.
Note: Mobile device extension attributes do not apply to personally owned mobile devices.
When you create a mobile device extension attribute, you specify the following information:
Type of data being collected, such as string, integer, or date
Inventory category in which to display the extension attribute in Jamf Pro, such as Hardware or Purchasing
Input type, which determines how the extension attribute is populated with data
Extension attributes can add time and network traffic to the inventory process depending on the type of data you choose to collect and the input type used to collect it.
Mobile Device Extension Attribute Input Types
You can choose to populate the value of a mobile device extension attribute using any of the following input types:
Text field—This displays a text field in mobile device inventory information that you can enter a value into. Only extension attributes created manually can be populated using a text field.
Pop-up menu—This displays a pop-up menu in mobile device inventory information from which you can choose a value. Only extension attributes created manually can be populated using a pop-up menu.
LDAP Attribute Mapping—This populates the extension attribute with the value for an LDAP attribute.
Creating a mobile device extension attribute generates a variable that can be used to populate configuration profile settings. The variable is $EXTENSIONATTRIBUTE_<#>, where <#> is the extension attribute ID. For extension attributes with the "Text field" or "Pop-up menu" input type, the ID number is found in the extension attribute URL. In the example URL below, "id=2" indicates the extension attribute ID number:
For more information on payload variables for configuration profiles, see Mobile Device Configuration Profiles.
To create a mobile device extension attribute with the “LDAP Attribute Mapping” input type, you need:
Creating a Mobile Device Extension Attribute
Log in to Jamf Pro.
In the top-right corner of the page, click Settings .
Click Mobile Device Management.
Click Extension Attributes .
Click New .
Configure the settings on the pane.
If the extension attribute has the “LDAP Attribute Mapping” input type, the LDAP attribute variable is displayed on the pane.
For related information, see the following sections in this guide:
Mobile Device Inventory Display Settings
You can display extension attributes in the results of a simple mobile device search.
Viewing and Editing Inventory Information for a Mobile Device
You can view the extension attributes collected from a mobile device and edit extension attribute values for that mobile device.
You can create smart device groups based on extension attributes.