Qlik Sense Licenses

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 licenses are based either on access types, or on tokens.

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

Note: If you want to set up Qlik Cloud Services or Qlik Sense Enterprise on Kubernetes, please contact your Qlik representative or Qlik Support to obtain a valid license for the setup.

Unified license

As of the April 2019 releases of Qlik Sense and QlikView, Qlik Sense 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.

Qlik Sense Enterprise

A Qlik Sense Enterprise deployment can be licensed using two different models: the serial and control number and the signed license key. The License Enabler File (LEF) defines the terms of your license and the access types that you can allocate to users. Your Qlik Sense Enterprise license is based either on access types, or on tokens. A core-based license is also available. The use of a signed license key is required for Qlik Sense Enterprise on Cloud Services and Qlik Sense Enterprise on Kubernetes 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.

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 Qlik Sense Enterprise, user-based licenses are either Professional and Analyzer Users licenses, or User access passes allocated with a Token license.

A capacity-based license grants a predefined number of time allocations for accessing Qlik Sense Enterprise that can be used by identified or anonymous users. In Qlik Sense, capacity-based licenses are either based on Analyzer Capacity access, or Login access pass allocated with a Token license.

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.

Note: After changing to a license with a signed key, you cannot return to using the old serial and control number license model.

Professional and Analyzer Users license

A Professional and Analyzer Users license is composed of Professional and Analyzer access types.

  • Professional access (user-based) is allocated to an identified user to allow the user to access streams and apps within a Qlik Sense site. The professional access is intended for users who need access to all features in a Qlik Sense installation. A user with professional access can create, edit, and publish sheets or apps, and make full use of the available features, including administration of a Qlik Sense site.
  • Analyzer access is allocated to an identified user to allow the user to access streams and apps in the hub. The analyzer access is intended for users who consume sheets and apps created by others. A user with analyzer access cannot create, edit, or publish sheets or apps, but can create and publish stories, bookmarks and snapshots based on data in apps. The user can also create bookmarks, print objects, stories, and sheets, and export data from an object to Excel.

Analyzer Capacity license

An Analyzer Capacity license is composed of Analyzer Capacity access type.

  • Analyzer capacity is a consumption-based license type, which is similar to analyzer access regarding available features. Users can access streams and apps in the hub and consume sheets and apps created by others. Analyzer capacity access allows users to create and publish stories, bookmarks, and snapshots based on data in apps. Creating, editing, or publishing sheets or apps is not possible.

    With an analyzer capacity license, you subscribe to analyzer time, a defined amount of minutes per month (calendar date). These minutes are shared between users and can be consumed by anyone who is part of the user group, including anonymous users. Consumption is measured in units of 6 minutes. For each new 6-minute period, a unit is consumed.

Dynamic access assignment

Dynamic access assignment is available for Qlik Sense Enterprise on Kubernetes and Qlik Sense Enterprise on Cloud Services deployments and is managed in the management console.

See: Management console

To simplify assignment of access to users, you can enable dynamic assignment. Choose between four options:

  • Dynamic assignment enabled for both professional and analyzer access:

    Professional access is assigned, if available, otherwise analyzer access. If neither of those are available, analyzer capacity is assigned, if available.

  • Dynamic assignment enabled only for professional access:

    Professional access is assigned, if available, otherwise analyzer capacity is assigned, if available.

  • Dynamic assignment enabled only for analyzer access:

    Analyzer access is assigned, if available, otherwise analyzer capacity is assigned, if available.

  • Dynamic assignment disabled for both professional and analyzer access:

    Analyzer capacity access is assigned, if available.

You can upgrade from analyzer access to professional access, but not downgrade from professional to analyzer.

If you change to a new license key, all your assignments are removed, because they are associated with the license, not the tenant. However, if you start using the old license key again, the assignments will be present.

Token

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

Note: The token license is available only to customers with existing Qlik Sense Token licenses.

There are two types of access passes that can be allocated using tokens:

  • User access pass (user-based) is assigned to unique and identified users allowing them unlimited access to apps, streams, and other resources.

  • Login access pass (capacity-based) allocates a block of passes to a group for infrequent or anonymous access. Allows full access for a limited period.

When you allocate tokens, the number of available tokens is reduced. Each access type costs a certain number of tokens, and if the token balance is zero or insufficient, you cannot allocate more to the access types. You can free up tokens and choose to use the tokens differently. The number of tokens for the Qlik Sense site can be increased or decreased by activating a new license.

For more information on access passes and the token consumption model, see Managing 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. The license is administered using a License Enabler File (LEF), which limits the maximum number of cores on which the Qlik associative engine and its components may 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.

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