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Gateway Settings Property Reference

After you launch the Gateway, you can define the high-level settings that apply to the entire Gateway by going to the Config > Gateway Settings on the Gateway Webpage. From this page, you can use the default values or define a new setting. The Gateway is at the heart of the Ignition software. It runs as a web server and you can access it through a web browser. Once running, you can get various status information about the Gateway and access important functions. 

The following feature is new in Ignition version 8.1.0
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The Gateway Settings Properties were updated significantly for release 8.1.0. Many security related settings have been moved to Gateway General Security Settings.

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The following tables describe all the properties on the Gateway Setttings.

Gateway Settings

System Name

Is a unique name for this Ignition installation. It is used to distinguish this server from others on the network when working with multiple Ignition installations.

Persist Alarms

Whether or not alarm properties such as acknowledgment should persist across Gateway restarts.

Homepage Redirect URLThe URL this gateway will redirect to when http://ip:port/ is visited. Can either be a relative path (e.g., /web/home), or fully qualified (e.g.,

Gateway Scripting Project

The Gateway Scripting Project is a Project in which Gateway-scoped scripts with no project affiliation can access user script libraries.

Launch Settings

Designer Memory

The maximum amount of memory that the Designer has access to.

Disable Direct3D

Disables the Direct3D rendering pipeline launched clients. Direct3D can cause performance problems with XOR painting. (affects clients on Windows only)

Disable DirectDraw

Disables the DirectDraw system for launched clients. Can be useful for some video cards that don't support DirectDraw well. (affects clients on Windows only)

Use Condensed Font

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Designers and Vision Clients will use a condensed version of the "Dialog" font for better compatibility with pre-8.0 Vision project design. (affects clients on Windows and Linux only). Defaults to false.

Local Client Fallback Settings

Ignition provides a Local Vision Client Fallback mechanism that lets you use a Gateway running on the local machine. If the Gateway is lost, the Client can automatically retarget to a project that you specify in the local in the local Gateway. 

Local Vision Client Fallback

Enable Local Fallback

Enables a client to fall back to a project in a local Gateway if communication is lost to the central Gateway. Note that port 6501 must be open on the local machine.

Seconds Before Failover

The number of seconds to wait before switching to the local Gateway project after communication loss.

Fallback Project

The local project to use during fallback.

Scheduled Backups

The Scheduled Backup Settings control the Gateway's scheduled backup system. This system is capable of automatically making a Gateway backup and storing it to the specified location, which can be a network path. When you enable this system, you must specify a destination folder. This can be a local folder, for example C:\backups or /var/backups , or a network path such as \\fileserver\backups.

The scheduled backup system works on a schedule that is specified using UNIX Crontab syntax.  See the Crontab Formatting Reference page for more details. 

Scheduled Backup Settings

Enable Scheduled Backups

Enables the scheduled backup system which automatically makes backups at a scheduled time.

Backup Folder

A path to a folder in which to put the scheduled backups.

Backup Schedule

A UNIX 'crontab' format scheduling string representing when to make the backups.

Retention Count

The number of backups to keep in the backup folder.

Error Reporting 

When an error occurs in the Client or Designer, the users can click a link on the Details tab to report the error via email.

These settings define how the errors are reported.

Error Reporting

SMTP Server

When not blank, user-reported errors are emailed using this SMTP server.

To Address

The email address(es) that will receive the error notification. Separate multiple email addresses with a semicolon (;)

From Address

The email address that the error notification is from.

SMTP Username

A username for the SMTP server, if required.

Change Password?

Check this box to change the existing password.


A password for the SMTP server, if required.


Re-type password for verification.

Multicast Settings

These properties allow the Gateway to broadcast information about itself via multicast UDP packets. This allows the Gateway to be discoverable by any components that are also listening to the same multicast address. For example, native client launchers listen on a multicast address to provide a list of available Gateways on the network. Verify that the send ports and receive ports are open on the Gateway machine in order to be able to broadcast multicast message.

Multicast Settings

Enable Multicast

Allows this Gateway to be discoverable on your local network.

Multicast IP Address

Gateway messages are broadcast on this address.

Send Port

This port must be open on this machine to send multicast messages.

Receive Port

This port must be open on any machine that will receive multicast messages.

Message Interval

The interval in milliseconds at which multicast messages will be sent.

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