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The Vision Client Launcher opens Vision Clients from any Ignition Gateway. The launcher browses all Gateways for Vision projects that are available on your local network and remote locations. Once your Vision projects are added to the Vision Client Launcher, they will be displayed under My Applications and organized by Gateway.

This page will show you how to setup the launcher so both designers and users can launch Vision clients easily. 

What Is an Application?

For the purposes of the Vision Client Launcher, an Application is a configuration in the launcher, which is associated with a Vision Project. A Vision Project is an Ignition project that contains at least one Vision resource, such as a Window or a Template. 

The Vision Client Launcher can only launch applications. Thus, if a new project is created via the Designer, the Launcher will not be able to launch the project, until an Application has been configured in the Launcher. 

In the image below, we see two applications. One titled University, and the other titled Dashboard. Each application is a separate tile in the Launcher and contains unique settings and configurations. 

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Vision Client Launcher

Download and Install the Launcher

Best Practice

It's good practice to download and install the Vision Client Launcher every time you install a new release of Ignition. The Vision Client Launcher is a separate application and is not part of an Ignition release, so it's important not to have an outdated Vision Client Launcher shortcut residing on your desktop. Each time you install a new version of Ignition, download and install the Vision Client Launcher, then let the install process create a new desktop shortcut for you automatically.

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The Vision Client Launcher can now be installed as an "all user" application on a Windows operating system providing launcher acess to all users on the same machine from a single installation. The first time the Vision Client Launcher is installed, you will be prompted to select your install mode: "Install for me only" or to "Install for all users." If the Vision Client Launcher was already installed, subsequent install attempts are treated as an upgrade and you will not be prompted to select the install mode. This new option will only appear on new launcher installations or after uninstalling a prior version of the installer.

Vision Client Launcher Destination Folder

When installing for "all users," the installer will be placed in the following folder: "%Ignition Installation Directory%\Program Files\Inductive Automation"
When installing for "me only," the installer will be found under the "\AppData\Roaming\Inductive Automation" folder. 

The Vision Client Launcher for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS are available on the Home tab of the Gateway Webpage. Use the following steps to do an install of the Vision Client Launcher.

  1. From the Home tab on the Gateway Webpage, click on the Download Vision Client Launcher link. 

  2. Select the Download button for the platform you are running on: Windows, Mac, or Linux. This example demonstrates the installation steps for a Windows operating system. 

  3. Run the downloaded file (VisionClientLauncherSetup.exe) found on the lower-left of the window if using Chrome, or go to your Downloads folder and double-click the file to run it. 

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  4. If this is the first time installing the Vision Client Launcher, you will be prompted to select an install mode. Select either "Install for me only," or "Install for all users."

  5. The Install Wizard will select a default destination location folder for the Vision Client application files. If you are "installing for me only", the destination folder will be different from the "all users" destination folder. You also have the option to select a different folder. Click Next.

  6. You'll notice that a desktop shortcut is checked and will be created so you don't have to run the Client Launcher each time you want to open a client. Click Next.

  7. The Ready to Install window will open. Click Install.

  8. When the Vision Client Launcher completes the install, click Finish.

  9. The Vision Client Launcher shortcut icon will be placed on your desktop and looks like the following.

  10. The Ignition Vision Client Launcher will open, but you most likely won't have any Applications (Vision Client configurations). The next step is to add Applications. Click Add Vision Client or Add Application(s). Both buttons will take you to the same window to browse for local and remote Gateways.

  11. The Vision Client Launcher window will refresh and show your local Gateway. It will also check for other Gateways on your network. Select a Gateway and click the Add a Selected Gateway button.

  12. If there is an issue automatically detecting your Ignition Gateway, you can manually add your Gateway. Click on the Manually Add Gateway button in the upper right corner.

  13. Enter the Gateway URL or IP address (i.e., localhost:8088), and click Add Gateway

  14. Once your Gateway is added, the Vision Client Launcher will automatically find all projects on the Gateway. However, this list of Applications will only contain projects that contain one or more Vision resources (such as a Vision Window). Additionally, projects configured as Inheritable will not appear (since Inheritable projects don't run as stand-alone applications). Select the Applications you would like to add, and click Add Applications.

  15. Back on the My Applications screen, you will see all of the Applications that have been added to the launcher, sorted by Gateway. 

  16. The Vision Client Launcher is installed and opens the same way you open any program. Launch the client by clicking the Launch Windowed button, or you can click the Expand icon and select Launch + Create Shortcut. The project shortcut will be placed on your desktop so you don't have to run the Vision Client Launcher each time you want to launch a project.

    The Vision Client Launcher will notify users if it detects that an updated version of the launcher is available from either the app or a shortcut. For a major Client Launcher upgrade, the application will start and offer an option to download a new version by providing a link to the Gateway. For a minor upgrade, it allows the user to choose to upgrade at a later time and allows the application to start.

Windows Silent Installations

The Vision Client Launcher (and the Designer Launcher) can be installed on Windows systems from command Iine without any user prompts.

# Shows a simplified user interface
C:\Users\user\Downloads\VisionClientLauncherSetup.exe /CURRENTUSER /SILENT

# Shows no user interface at all. 
C:\Users\user\Downloads\VisionClientLauncherSetup.exe /CURRENTUSER /VERYSILENT

The following feature is new in Ignition version 8.0.10
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Version 8.0.10 introduced launcher installations for all users. Note that using ALLUSERS may trigger a check from User Account Controls, so you may need administrator access for the following command to offer a truly silent installation:

C:\Users\user\Downloads\VisionClientLauncherSetup.exe /ALLUSERS /VERYSILENT

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