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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 LEF (License Enabler File). 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 on Cloud Services and Qlik Sense Enterprise on Kubernetes deployments, and for the use of capacity based licenses.

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

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.

Note: After 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 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.

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

Note: The 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 Sense Desktop

Qlik Sense Desktop is a free version of Qlik Sense that you can download on your computer, see To download Qlik Sense Desktop, you are required to create a Qlik account, and accept the Qlik Sense Desktop license agreement. In addition, when you install the software, you need to accept the software license agreement.

For a comparison between Qlik Sense and Qlik Sense Desktop, see Comparing versions of Qlik Sense.

Qlik DataMarket

Qlik DataMarket offers a collection of up-to-date data from external sources accessible directly from within Qlik Sense. The available data includes current and historical weather and demographic data, currency exchange rates, as well as business, economic, and societal data.

Qlik DataMarket has two license options, one free and one licensed. The free option gives you access to a limited data set. The licensed option gives you access to premium data packages. You activate the license in the same way as for Qlik Sense Enterprise by entering owner information, serial number, and control number.

For detailed instructions on how to apply a Qlik DataMarket license, see: Activating the Qlik DataMarket license.

Note: It is not necessary to accept Qlik DataMarket terms and conditions when using Qlik Sense Desktop. Access credentials are also not required because the premium data sets are not available on Qlik Sense Desktop.

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.

Note: A 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.