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Installing Ignition

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Installing Ignition on Windows

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Before you install Ignition, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements
  • Java 8+ (server), Java 6+ (client)
  • Dual-Core Processor (32 or 64 bit)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 10GB free HD space

Also, ensure you have Administrator privileges to run the Ignition installer.

  1. Go to the Inductive Automation website at

  2. Select Download Ignition in the upper right corner of the page.

  3. On the Ignition Downloads page, scroll down to System Installers and select the ignition-X.X.X-windows-x64-installer.exe installer.

    If your computer runs on a 32-bit Windows, click the ignition-X.X.X-windows-32-installer.exe installer.


    An error window is displayed if you try to install 64-bit Ignition on a 32-bit Windows system. You are allowed to install 32-bit Ignition on a 64-bit system (however, this is not recommended).

  4. After the installer downloads, double-click on the .exe executable file to start installation.

    The Setup window welcomes you to the Ignition Setup Wizard.

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  5. Click Next.

  6. Click the I accept the agreement button and click Next.

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    The Installation Directory window is displayed. By default, Ignition is installed under your Program Files directory. This is usually a good choice.

  7. Make a note of the default installation directory, Program Files/Inductive Automation/Ignition, accept the default Installation Directory, and click Next.

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    The Installation Mode window is displayed.

  8. Select the platform you wish to install. The rest of this guide will use Ignition as the platform.

    New in 7.9.2
    For Ignition Edge installations, select the Ignition Edge radio button then skip to step 11. More information on Edge can be found on the Ignition Edge page.

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  1. Select either the Typical or Custom mode.

    The Typical installation includes Ignition with all of the HMI/SCADA modules. The only modules that are not installed by default are the MES modules.

    The Custom installation lets you control and individually select the modules that you want installed.

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  2. Click Next.

    The Setup window is displayed.

    If you selected Custom mode, in the Setup window you can select the check box next to the modules you want to install as part of the Ignition installation. To see a brief description of the module, click on the module name.

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  3. Click Next.

    The Setup Wizard shows Ignition is now ready to install.

    If you decide to change your selections, click Back to go back and make your changes.

  4. Click Next.

    Ignition will install the selected modules.

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  5. After the Setup Wizard shows Ignition installation is finished, make sure that the check box for Start Ignition now is selected, then click Finish.

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    A splash screen informs you that Ignition is starting. This may take a few minutes to finish.

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That’s it! Ignition Installation is complete and the Gateway is then launched.

Your web browser opens the Gateway home page at http: //localhost:8088

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Ignition installs itself as a Windows Service (Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > Ignition Gateway), so it starts automatically when your computer starts up.

Automated Installation on Windows

You can automate Ignition installation across different machines using scripts. Ignition is then installed silently from a command shell without showing any user prompts.

Keep in mind that the installer cannot automatically start the Gateway after a silent installation. You can use the following command to start the Gateway: net start ignition

Command line example
Ignition-7.x.x-windows-x64-installer.exe --mode unattended --prefix "C:\some folder" --unattendedmodeui none

net start ignition


  • -- mode unattended (ensures that no prompts appear during installation)
  • -- prefix "C:\some folder" (optional flag; if a value is set, then Ignition is installed in the specified folder, otherwise Ignition is installed in a default location under C:\Program Files)
  • -- unattendedmodeui none | minimal (the none flag does not display any sort of graphic during installation; the minimal flag displays a small progress bar and nothing else)

Uninstalling Ignition on Windows

Before you uninstall Ignition...

Be sure to back up your Gateway and unactivate your Gateway license.

During a new Ignition installation, an uninstaller executable is created.

When Ignition is uninstalled, the settings database and folder in /data is backed up to /data_<current date>, and modules and user-supplied JDBC jars in /user-lib are backed up to /user-lib_<current date>. Also, the Ignition service is removed from Windows installations automatically.

To run the uninstaller for Windows:

  1. Open the Start menu and navigate to All Programs > Inductive Automation > Ignition.
  2. Select Uninstall Ignition. The uninstaller wizard guides you through the uninstallation process.

You can also uninstall Ignition from the Windows Control Panel > Programs and Features section.