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Installing Ignition

Getting Ignition up and running on your computer is a very simple process, but it all starts with installation. Fortunately, Ignition only needs to be installed on one computer, then any computer on the network can access your projects!

Once you have Ignition installed, you'll be greeted by the Gateway Webpage. That's how you know everything went smoothly. 

Simple Installation Steps

You can download and install Ignition in just a few minutes! It's very simple:

  1. Download the Ignition installer from our website.
  2. Run the installer file.
  3. After the installer finishes, a webpage will open automatically and guide you through the commissioning phase. 
  4. The Gateway service will start and automatically redirect you to the Gateway Webpage.

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What Operating Systems Can I use?

Ignition can be installed on any modern computer. This means all of the popular systems will work perfectly with 64 bit systems supported! Each installer is embedded with Java 11. Inductive Automation has separate installers for each though, make sure you get the right one for your system.

Ignition will install on:

For step-by-step instructions on installing, click the link for your operating system. Ignition has the ability to use a normal graphical installer where you get to see and control all the steps, as well as a command line installer that can be run automatically.


Installing Individual Modules

Ignition is Modular, so how does that work with the installer? If you use the 'Typical' option when installing Ignition, it will only add our default modules. You can always run the installer again and add other modules with the 'custom' options, or download individual modules and add them through the Gateway Webpage.

Uninstalling Ignition

We hate to see you go, but we understand Ignition is not for every computer. If you need to uninstall, just run the uninstall.exe file from your install directory (typically C:\Program Files\Inductive Automation\Ignition) or use the operating system to remove it. Ignition is not made up of multiple programs so there's nothing special to do.

Unactivating a License

When uninstalling Ignition, the system will automatically un-activate a license if you are connected to the internet. An unactivation request will be sent to Inductive Automation's licensing servers, so the license will be available for activation on another Gateway.  

If the Ignition server does not have internet access when you uninstall Ignition, an unactivation request file (unactivation_message.txt) is generated. Your web browser will prompt you to save the file, or may automatically save the file to your Downloads directory, and the Gateway will no longer have a license applied. You must upload the unactivation request file to our licensing server for your license to become valid again. To learn more, refer to Unactivating a License.


What about Upgrading?

Upgrading is a snap too! Just download the installer for your system from our website and run it. That's it! It will figure out if you already have Ignition installed and then change from an installer to an Upgrader automatically.

See the upgrade pages for instructions specific to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.

Simple Upgrading Steps

Regardless of which Operating System you are using, upgrading has the same simple set of steps:

  1. Download Ignition within your web browser.
  2. Run the installer on the computer that has an older version of Ignition (don't forget to backup your work!)
  3. The installer automatically upgrades all of your projects and opens the Gateway Webpage!



Best Practices when Upgrading

When upgrading from Ignition 7 to 8, first read the Ignition 8 Upgrade Guide.

Steps to Upgrade

Regardless of which Operating System you are using, you should follow these steps prior to running the Ignition installer:

  1. Make a Gateway Backup (most important!)
  2. Check your versions
  3. Update your License (if needed)
  4. Update on a Test Server
  5. Upgrade the Production Server

For more information about the changes in each version, see the New in this Version page.

Make a Gateway Backup

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Upgrading Ignition is very easy, but you should always create a Gateway backup before upgrading. If you need to rollback to the previous version of Ignition, then having a Gateway backup from before the upgrade will allow you to easily move back to your prior version. You can rename your backups to include a version number to make them easy to track.

Go to the Config section of the Gateway Webpage, select System > Backup/Restore and make a backup before running the installer/upgrader.

Check Versions

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Is this is a Major version update or a Minor version update? You can check the version of your Ignition in several ways. The easiest way is to log into the Status section of the Gateway Webpage, and select Systems > Overview. The version is listed on the Overview page under Architecture.

It is a MINOR VERSION upgrade if only the last number changes. IE: from 8.0.1 to 8.0.3.

Minor version changes are mostly bug fixes. These are minor changes to Ignition and will fall under your existing license.

You do not have to update your license.


It is a MAJOR VERSION upgrade if one of the first two version numbers changes. IE: from 7.8 to 7.9, or from 7.9 to 8.0.

Major version changes are very large changes to Ignition. These will add functionality or change the way some of the systems in Ignition work.

You do have to update your license.

Release Candidate (rc)

If you see a Version such as 8.0.0-rc1, as shown in the image above, the 'rc' denotes the version is a Release Candidate. A Release Candidate is an early release of Ignition and contains the latest software updates for those users who are looking to test new or upgraded functionality. Release candidates will be incorporated into a release of the Igntion software at a future time, assuming no glaring issues are found.

We recommend not upgrading your production system using a release candidate. The exception would be in the rare case where a member of our support staff explicitly asks you to upgrade to a release candidate.

Update your License

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If you are updating from one major version to the next, you will need an updated license. You can do this before upgrading so there is no unlicensed time after the upgrade.

1) Let us know.

You can reach Inductive Automation by phone at (800) 266-7798.

Some Major upgrades include new modules or have modified the functionality of pre-existing modules. If your license needs to be updated, call us and we can guide you through it. If you are updating from one version to the next, or from 7.0.0 all the way to the latest version, we can talk you though what is different and what new functionality is available. See the New in this Version page for more specifics about what was updated in the various versions. 

2) Reload your license.

Once your license is updated in our system, go to your Config section of the Gateway webpage, and click System > Licensing. Click on the Update License icon .

For for a detailed guide on reloading a license, see Updating a License page. If you are coming from an older version, the Gateway may look different. Don't worry, all this functionality is still there, but you may have to un-activate then re-activate instead if the Update License button is missing.


Testing on a Development Server

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It's always a good idea to test your changes before running them in a production environment!

One of the great things about Ignition is that you can run any Gateway in Trial mode (without a license). That means all you need to do is install on another computer and load your backup. More information on development servers can be found on the Development Server Best Practices page. 

You can download any version of Ignition from the Inductive Automation downloads archive page.

Details on restoring from a Gateway backup can be found on the Gateway Restore page.

Once you have a development server, you can freely test the new version without having an affect on your production server. 

Upgrade the Production Server

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Once you've made a backup, and you're ready to upgrade the production server, simply download the installer from our website and run it on your computer.

The Ignition installer doubles as an upgrader and will automatically check for an existing installation and upgrade any installed modules.

Upgrading a Redundant Pair

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There are a few extra things to consider when upgrading a redundant pair of Gateways. When performing the upgrade locally, the order of the upgrade technically doesn't matter. However, we recommend upgrading the Master first. This allows the Backup to take over when the Master is down for an upgrade, and the Master can resume operations when it comes back online. At this point the Backup can be upgraded without interruption. The same considerations mentioned above should also be applied to the redundant pair, but you only need a Gateway Backup file from the Master Ignition Gateway.

If the upgrade will be performed remotely using the Enterprise Administration Module, then the Backup Gateway should be upgraded first. This allows the EAM controller to manually tell clients to communicate with the newly upgraded Backup Gateway, even though the Master will be a different version, allowing time to upgrade the Master.


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