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Silent installing

When running a silent installation, Qlik Sense is installed with no dialogs at all. This means all features, properties and user selections have to be known before performing a silent installation. All setup options that are available in the user interface of the installer can be performed with silent operations.

  1. Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

    The Command Prompt window is displayed.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, navigate to the folder containing the Qlik_Sense_setup.exe file.

  3. Enter Qlik_Sense_setup.exe followed by the silent installation syntax preferred.

Information noteElevation will take place if run from an unelevated process and the UAC is on.


Qlik_Sense_setup.exe [-silent] [-uninstall] {-log path\filename} {layout=path} {accepteula=1|0} {desktopshortcut=1|0} {skipstartservices=1|0} {installdir=path} {userwithdomain=domain\user} {userpassword=password} {dbpassword=password} {} {cleanup=1|0} {sharedpersistenceconfig="configfilepath"} {senddata=1|0} {skipvalidation=1|0} {databasedumpfile=path} -
Qlik_Sense_setup.exe -? or -h Brings up the on-screen silent setup help.


Command Type Purpose
-silent (or -s) - Command line-driven setup without UI (mandatory).
-uninstall - Uninstall the product silently. It must be used with -silent command.
-log (or -l) [log file name with path]

Log file directory and log file name.

Information noteThe user must have access to this directory.
-layout [destination directory]
Extracts files (including .msi files) to the destination directory.
Information noteThis argument should not be combined with other command line arguments.


Arguments are separated by a space and presented in the form [Argument]="[Value]". The double quotes can normally be omitted but may be needed, for example, when a path contains spaces.

The default values are the same as those used in the setup user interface.

Argument Values Purpose
accepteula 1|0

Accepts the Qlik User License Agreement.

Warning noteThis argument is mandatory when installing or upgrading, and you must accept the QULA to install successfully.
desktopshortcut 1|0 (defaults to 1 on clean installs) Installs desktop shortcuts.
skipstartservices 1|0 (defaults to 0 on clean installs, otherwise the current state.)

Skips starting services after the installation has finished.

installdir [path to custom install directory] Defines the directory if the default install directory will not be used (%ProgramFiles%\Qlik\Sense).
userwithdomain [domain\username] Adds the username to run the Qlik Sense services.
userpassword [password] Adds the password torun the services.
dbpassword [password] Adds the password for the database superuser that creates the user that runs the database.
hostname [address of the central node] Define the address for the central node. The central node uses certificates to communicate securely with other servers. Leave blank to use the default.
cleanup 1|0 (defaults to 0 on uninstall)

Deletes Qlik Sense certificates and any files in the ProgramData\Qlik\Sense directory after the uninstall is completed.

Information noteThis argument must be used with the silent install commands.
Example: -silent -uninstall cleanup=1.
sharedpersistenceconfig (or spc) [path to configuration file including the filename]

Activates setup of shared persistence as storage method. All settings for shared persistence must be in the configuration file referenced here.

Warning noteThis is a parameter must be configured to install successfully.

Shared persistence configuration file syntax

senddata 1|0 (defaults to 0) Shares system data with Qlik in anonymous form.
skipvalidation 1|0 (defaults to 0) Skips password validation process for service user and shared folder access. For silent installation, database connection tests are also skipped.
databasedumpfile [path to database dump file] Sets path database backup dump file.
bundleinstall dashboard,visualization Includes the dashboard and visualization bundles.
Information note If you enter a username that is more than 20 characters long, it must be in UPN format, and must include the full domain name. For example,

Example 1: To install Qlik Sense

Qlik_Sense_setup.exe -s spc="\\configpath\spc.cfg" userwithdomain=mydomain\myUser userpassword=myPassword dbpassword=mydbpassword accepteula=1

Example 2: To install Qlik Sense while redirecting the installation and log files to a different location

Qlik_Sense_setup.exe -s -l c:\mylogpath spc="\\configpath\spc.cfg" installdir=c:\mycustompath userwithdomain=mydomain\myUser userpassword=myPassword dbpassword=mydbpassword accepteula=1

Shared persistence configuration file syntax

Configure the shared persistence storage model using the sharedpersistenceconfig argument and point to a configuration file that contains the settings to be used in the installation.


Qlik_Sense_setup.exe -s spc="\\configpath\spc.cfg" userwithdomain=domain\yourserviceuser userpassword=yourserviceuserpassword dbpassword=yoursuperuserpassword accepteula=1

The configuration file is in XML format. You need to create the file according to the example described here.

<?xml version="1.0"?> <SharedPersistenceConfiguration xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd=""> <DbUserName>username</DbUserName> <DbUserPassword>password</DbUserPassword> <DbHost>IP or Hostname</DbHost> <DbPort>4432</DbPort> <RootDir>\\server\share</RootDir> <StaticContentRootDir>\\server\share\StaticContent</StaticContentRootDir> <ArchivedLogsDir>\\server\share\ArchivedLogs</ArchivedLogsDir> <AppsDir>\\server\share\Apps</AppsDir> <CreateCluster>true</CreateCluster> <InstallLocalDb>false</InstallLocalDb> <ConfigureDbListener>true</ConfigureDbListener> <ListenAddresses>*</ListenAddresses> <IpRange>,::/0</IpRange> <MaxConnections>100</MaxConnections> <!--<JoinCluster>true</JoinCluster>--> <SetupLocalLoggingDb>true</SetupLocalLoggingDb> <QLogsWriterPassword>writerpw</QLogsWriterPassword> <QLogsReaderPassword>readerpw</QLogsReaderPassword> <QLogsHostname>ip/hostname</QLogsHostname> <QLogsPort>4432</QLogsPort> </SharedPersistenceConfiguration>

Configuration file syntax

Configuration file syntax
Setting Description
DbUserName User name of the repository database user.
DbUserPassword Password of the repository database user.
DbHost Hostname of the machine running the repository database.
DbPort Port used to communicate with the repository database.
RootDir Root directory for the file share to use as content storage. We recommend that you keep the content in this folder's sub-directories, but this can be changed in the StaticContentRootDir and ArchivedLogsDir settings.
AppsDir Directory to store apps in.
StaticContentRootDir Root directory for all static content of the site.
ArchivedLogsDir Directory to save archived log files in.


Set CreateCluster to true if you want to create a new cluster, or set JoinCluster to true if you want to join an existing cluster. You can only use one of these settings in the configuration file. The other setting needs to be removed, or commented out like <!--<JoinCluster>true</JoinCluster>-->.
InstallLocalDb Set to true if you want to install a local PostgreSQL database on the node when you create a new cluster. This setting can only be used together with the CreateCluster setting.

Set to true if you want to configure the PostgreSQL database installed by Qlik Sense to listen to database connections from other nodes.

You need to configure the ListenAddresses and IpRange settings.


Addresses that the database service should listen to.

You can supply a comma separated list of IPv4 or IPv6 addresses, or (for all IPv4 addresses), ::/0 (for all IPv6 addresses) or * (for all addresses).

IpRange Subnet specification that covers the IP addresses of all nodes in your site. Either add one row for each node, using /32 as suffix for each address, or add a subnet that covers all addresses using, for example, /24 as suffix. To allow all servers to access the repository database, use If entering multiple IP addresses or ranges, use a comma separated list. A range can be either IPv4 or IPv6.
MaxConnections Specify the maximum number of concurrent connections to the database. The default value is 100. If you have a multi-node site multiple this value by the number of nodes in the cluster. For example, <MaxConnections>100</MaxConnections> is a single server deployment.
SetupLocalLoggingDb Setting SetupLocalLoggingDb to true is equivalent to clicking New Logging Database in the installer UI. A new logging database will be installed with Qlik Sense.
QLogsWriterPassword Password of the qlogs_writer user account.
QLogsReaderPassword Password of the qlogs_reader user account.
QLogsHostname Host name of the logging database. Set QLogsHostname when SetupLocalLoggingDb is set to false.
QLogsPort Port number of the logging database. Set QLogsPort when SetupLocalLoggingDb is set to false.

Deprecated command line arguments

The use of the following command line arguments is no longer recommended.

Depreciated arguments
Argument Purpose
rimnode Determines the Repository role.
-rimnodetype (or -rnt)

Installs all the features required for the rim node type selected. The node type can be any one of:

Complete, Proxy, Engine, Scheduler.

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