The Status page provides in-depth information about the status of the different parts of the Ignition system. The list of options on the left menu in the Status page changes based on what modules are installed. You can select any of the available options to get more detailed information.
If you are not already logged into your Gateway, Config tab presents you with a login screen. Enter the username and password for the Ignition administrator. This was the first account created during installation. From the Config page, you can setup all connections, projects, and perform all the Gateway and platform operations. The list of options on the left menu changes based on what modules are installed. You can select any of the available options to get more detailed information. This page also provides some links to common actions to help get you get started.
The Designer Launcher locates all the Gateways that are available on your local network. Once the Designer is open, you can access existing projects or create new projects on the Gateway. The Designer Launcher button on the top right side of the page and the Download button opens the Designer Launcher Download page. Here you can find all the Designer Launchers for each operating system: Windows, Mac and Linux. Ignition automatically detects your operating system so all you have to do is download the launcher and follow the steps to install the Designer Launcher. To learn about what the Designer can do, go to the Designer section of this manual.
Starting and Stopping the Gateway
After installation, the Gateway starts automatically. The Gateway runs as a service, so you can use your operating system's normal mechanisms to start or stop the service. You can also start or stop the Gateway from command line.
Ignition's installation directory contains
stop-ignition.bat, which can start or stop the service. Example:
However, you can also use Windows native service commands to control the running state of the Gateway:
You can control the service using the
ignition.sh script. It can be called with the
stop parameters to perform the relevant operations.
Additionally, you can use native terminal commands to start or stop the service:
Mac OS X
You can access the service from the install directory using the "ignition.sh" script. On a typical Mac install using the dmg installer, the full command (without a custom location specified) is the following:
Gateway Command-line Utility
The Gateway Command-line Utility - gwcmd (GCU) is a lightweight standalone application that provides information about the Gateway. It performs high-level tasks that aren't available inside the Gateway webpage such as stopping and restarting the Gateway server, and setting ports used between the Gateway and clients. It shows the status of the Tomcat web server and the Ignition Gateway application. You can reset the Gateway password, and even launch the web browser to the Gateway webpage.
For more information, refer to the page on the Gateway Command-line Utility - gwcmd.
The Gateway’s architecture contains many parts, each one letting you perform a specific task. The Gateway parts are as follows:
- System Management
- Project and Module Management
- Security and Auditing Settings
- Database Connectivity
- Alarming and Modification Settings
- Tags Provider Settings
- OPC Connectivity
- Enterprise Administration Settings
The following image shows the different parts of the Gateway and how projects work within the Gateway. Note the parts that are outside the Ignition Gateway box, non-Ignition OPC servers, databases, devices, etc., are all separate from Ignition but can be connected.