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Qlik product licenses

Here is a summary of the license options that are available for the different Qlik Sense related products. Licensing allows you to manage the usage of the Qlik Sense software in your organization.

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

Product activation

All Qlik products are entitled and enforced by a License Enabler File (LEF). The LEF is the artifact that is downloaded during the production activation. A Qlik product is licensed and activated using either a serial and control number, or a signed license key. The use of a signed license key is required for Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS deployments, and for the use of capacity based licenses.

With a signed license key, you need internet access (direct or through a proxy) to access the cloud-based license backend, for user assignments, analytic time consumption, and product activations.

Information noteWith a signed license key, license information can be viewed in the QMC after the license key is entered and saved using Apply.

Unified license

You 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.

Qlik Sense Enterprise

Qlik Sense Enterprise is the server version of Qlik Sense that you can deploy on a single node, or on multiple nodes. Qlik Sense Enterprise deployments are licensed and activated using a serial and control number, or a signed license key. Your Qlik Sense Enterprise license is based either on access types, or on tokens.

Access types

Access types licenses are the Professional and Analyzer Users licenses (user-based) and Analyzer Capacity licenses (capacity-based). You can combine these for a subscription based license if you use the signed license key when your deployment is activated. You can combine only user-based licenses if you are using a perpetual license.

Information noteAfter changing to a license with a signed key, you cannot return to using the old LEF based license model.


You use tokens to allocate access passes to users so that they can access Qlik Sense. The LEF determines the number of tokens that you can allocate to different access passes. A user without an access pass cannot access apps.

With a Qlik Sense Token license you use tokens to allocate access passes to users. You can allocate user access and login access.

Information noteThe token license is available only to customers with existing Qlik Sense Token licenses.

Core-based site

Qlik Sense Enterprise core-based sites are licensed based on the number of CPU cores on which the software will operate. A Core means a single processing unit within a processor or CPU, whether physical or virtual, including a vCPU or virtual core, which is capable of executing a single software thread at a time.

Qlik NPrinting

You can install and configure Qlik NPrinting to connect to QlikView documents or Qlik Sense apps. The licensing requirements and procedures are different depending on if you connect Qlik NPrinting to QlikView or Qlik Sense.

Qlik NPrinting versions and later are licensed by a LEF. If you are using an earlier version of Qlik NPrinting, we suggest that you upgrade to Qlik NPrinting versions or later.

For details regarding licensing Qlik NPrinting with QlikView, QlikView Desktop, and Qlik Sense, see

Licensing Qlik NPrinting.

Information noteA Qlik Sense token is not required for the Qlik NPrinting service account. However, because you often perform troubleshooting within the Qlik NPrinting service account, it is helpful to assign a token to the Qlik NPrinting service account so that it has access to the Qlik Sense hub.

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