Licensing QlikView

Licenses let you manage QlikView software usage in your organization.

Overview

QlikView Server deployments are licensed via a serial and control number, or a signed key. Your QlikView Server license is based either on access types, or on CALs (Client Access License). A QlikView Server installation can also include a QlikView Publisher license.

For detailed information on QlikView licensing options, read Qlik's legal terms, product terms, and Licensing Service Reference Guide:

Unified license

As of the April 2019 releases of QlikView and Qlik Sense, QlikView customers can use a unified license in multiple deployments. A unified license shares the same signed key between:

  • multiple Qlik Sense Enterprise deployments
  • multiple QlikView Server deployments
  • QlikView Server and Qlik Sense Enterprise deployments

Applying the same signed key to multiple deployments lets you share the same users and access types. Users can access all connected deployments using the same Professional or Analyzer access allocation.

QlikView Server license

QlikView Server license terms and access allocations are defined by the License Enabler File (LEF), or by the License Definition, depending on the license activation method. A QlikView Server license is either based on access types, or on CALs (Client Access License).

User-based and capacity-based licenses

A user-based license grants a predefined number of access allocations that can be assigned to unique and identified users. In QlikView Server, user-based licenses are either Professional and Analyzer Users licenses, or Client Access Licenses (CALs).

A capacity-based license grants a predefined number of time allocations for accessing QlikView that can be used by identified or anonymous users. In QlikView Server, capacity-based licenses are either based on Analyzer Capacity access, or on CALs.

Access types

Professional and Analyzer Users licenses (user-based) and Analyzer Capacity licenses (capacity-based) can be combined. These licenses are subscription based, and activated using a signed key. You can see the details of your license in the License Definition, located in the QlikView Management Console. See: QlikView Server License.

  • Professional and Analyzer access (user-based) are allocated to users just as in Qlik Sense. The License Definition determines the distribution of the two access types.
  • Analyzer Capacity (capacity-based) is similar to Analyzer access regarding available features. Analyzer Capacity is available to identified or anonymous users. Users share the monthly analyzer time allotment, which is consumed in units of six minutes.

CALs

User and Document CALs (user-based) and Session and Usage CALs (capacity-based) can be combined. CALs can be subscription based or perpetual. They are activated using a license key composed of a serial number and a control number.

  • User and Document CALs (user-based): are allocated to unique and identified users for accessing QlikView documents. The LEF file determines the types and amount of CALs available for your installation.
  • Session and Usage CALs (capacity-based): allow any user, identified or anonymous, to access and consume QlikView documents. The LEF file determines the types and amount of CALs available for your installation.

Restrictions

You cannot combine access types (Professional, Analyzer, and Analyzer Capacity) and CALs (User, Document, Session, and Usage). Your QlikView Server license can be composed of both user-based access and capacity-based access quotas. For example:

  • If you purchase a license based on access types, your license can contain different quotas of Professional access, Analyzer access, and Analyzer Capacity access.
  • If you purchase a license based on CALs, your license can contain different quotas of User, Document, Session, or Usage CALs.

Professional and Analyzer access dynamic allocation

QlikView Server supports dynamic allocation of Professional and Analyzer access types. You can enable dynamic allocation for Professional and Analyzer access in the QlikView Management Console, see Professional and Analyzer access.

How dynamic allocation works:

  • When dynamic allocation is enabled for both Professional and Analyzer access types: a user logging in is automatically assigned Professional access, if available. If not available, the user is assigned Analyzer access. If Analyzer access is not available, the user is assigned Analyzer Capacity access. If Analyzer Capacity is not available, the user cannot access QlikView.
  • When dynamic allocation is only enabled for Professional access type: a user logging in is automatically assigned Professional access, if available. If not available, the user is assigned Analyzer Capacity access. If Analyzer Capacity is not available, the user cannot access QlikView.
  • When dynamic allocation is only enabled for Analyzer access type: a user logging in is automatically assigned Analyzer access, if available. If not available, the user is assigned Analyzer Capacity access. If Analyzer Capacity is not available, the user cannot access QlikView.
Note: If you enable dynamic allocation, users may get a double allocation. This might impact the number of available licenses for your installation.

QlikView Server signed key

When you license QlikView with a signed key, your license information, such as license definition and access allocations, are stored in a License Back-end outside the QlikView deployment. Connected deployments use the same License Back-end. Users listed in the connected deployments are shared with the QlikView installation, together with their access allocations. This can affect the number of Professional and Analyzer access allocations available in the QlikView installation.

QlikView Server license key

A license key is composed of a serial number and a control number. It is used when activating a QlikView Server license based on CALs. CALs are only used for licensing, not with user authentication for data access purposes.

A QlikView Server license key can be installed on as many servers as needed, provided that only the licensed number of nodes are running at any given time.

Note: A cold standby environment can be installed and ready-to-run, but cannot be live (Windows services cannot be started) and in use prior to the live environment being shut down.

To connect to a QlikView Server installation, each client needs a Client Access License (CAL). CALs are purchased with QlikView Server and associated with the server serial number. CALs cannot be transferred to a QlikView client program or between different QlikView Server clusters. A separate CAL is needed for each cluster.

QlikView Publisher license

A QlikView Publisher license adds more functionality to your QlikView Server installation, such as advanced reload capabilities and distribution models. A dedicated LEF file determines the capabilities of your QlikView Publisher license.
This license is perpetual, and is activated using a license key composed of a serial number and a control number.

QlikView Desktop

QlikView Desktop supports the following licensing options:

  • Local Client License: a complete and licensed version of QlikView Desktop. The Local Client License is defined by a License Enabler File (LEF) and activated using a license key.
  • Personal Edition. an unlicensed version of QlikView Desktop meant for individuals, students, or small start-ups. For more information on QlikViewPersonal Edition, see: QlikView Personal Edition.

QlikView Desktop can be connected to QlikView Server installations using Professional and Analyzer access or CAL access.

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