Welcome to Ignition by Inductive Automation
Ignition is not like any other HMI / SCADA system you've seen before! Ignition is a single install, runs from a single location, is server based, and is sold by the server not by the client. It uses current web-based technology and allows you to bring the IT department and the plant floor closer than ever. It uses Java for fast secure runtime clients and that means it can be used on any system, any version. Windows 7? Yep. Windows 10? Yes. Mac OSX? You bet. Linux? Bring on your Cloud servers! You can even switch between systems or use one for the server and another for your Runtimes. If IT wants to use Windows servers to host and operations wants to use their new MacBooks, it isn't a problem.
What can Ignition do for you? It has built-in, drag and drop functionality for just about anything you can imagine. Ignition does HMI/SCADA controls, Dashboards, Historical Trending, Database access, Reporting, Alarming, Security, Sequential Function Charts, Redundancy, Failover control, Enterprise Administration, and more! Ignition does all this and does it well because of its Modular Architecture. That means you get to choose exactly what Ignition does for you. Pick the features you want and ignore the rest. Want to try some of the other features? You always have a full version of Ignition with a resetable timer to try new things. Play around as much as you like and decide for yourself what you want.
About this Manual
This Welcome section provides a broad overview and information relating to modules, architectures, installation, and a Quick Start Guide. The sidebar is a table of contents organized so you can navigate through Ignition's features, modules, functions, and anything else you may be looking for. This User Manual section is closely tied with the Inductive University so you can have a conceptual understanding from this manual and a visual walk-through of the feature in the videos. Just look for video links on the right side of the page to jump to the University. Finally, in the Appendix, you'll find an exhaustive list of all the Components, Expressions, and Scripting Functions in Ignition.
Throughout this online help manual, you will find links to the various Inductive University videos on the right side of the screen. These videos correspond to the information in that page or section. This way, you can get a conceptual understanding from the information provided here, and a visual walk-through of the feature by watching the videos. The video links will look like the one to the right of this paragraph.
Take a look at the navigation section on the left and poke around, or use the search bar at the top of the navigation. To get back to this manual later, you can access it in three ways:
- To access from a web browser, go to docs.inductiveautomation.com
- To access from the Gateway Webpage, click the User Manual link in the upper right corner.
- To access from the Designer, press the F1 key or select Help > Help from the menubar.
This User Manual is specifically for Ignition 8.0. Newer major versions of the software will have separate User Manuals that focus on newer features. You can also tell which User Manual version you're looking at by the Image in the Sidebar.
Ignition is completely different from what you are used to using. See what Ignition is and some of the many things it can do for you. Learn the basics and how it can work for you.
Quick Start Guide
New to Ignition? Lets get started by getting Ignition running on your computer in minutes with our Quick Start Guide! Download Ignition and evaluate the full version right away.
Installing and Upgrading
You can install Ignition in under 3 minutes, and staying current is just as easy. No hassles, no secret handshakes, only one lightweight install and you can have clients running everywhere.
Ignition can support many different types of architectures from single standalone systems to vast enterprise level structures. Learn about the types of architectures and how they work.
Are you ready to really get to know Ignition? Modules are the building blocks of Ignition. They are the reason it can do so much and be so flexible. Adding the functionality you need is simple with Ignition Modules.
New in this Version
Are you looking for something that has changed? Or maybe you want to see the things we have been adding to Ignition? Check out the New in this Version page for a list of improvements for each version.
The Inductive University is a free online learning platform designed to help you master Ignition. You can watch over 500 training videos and participate in our credential program to test your knowledge. It's the first step to joining our ranks of Certified Integrators.
Documentation for the Ignition Module SDK. Anyone looking to create a new module should start here.