Back To Basics – QlikView Licence Lease

Something I see frequent questions about is how to Lease a Licence from QlikView Server to the Desktop. This is one of those things that once you know how to do it is second nature – but is in no way obvious if you don’t. Time therefore for another Back To Basics post.


For those that don’t know, if you have a QlikView Server implementation you can use Full User CALs on the server to licence a copy of QlikView Desktop in order to build applications. This means that a user can get twice the use of their User CAL. If you have a Full User CAL on the Server and also have a Desktop Licence for the same user you are essentially paying twice, and should review your licencing. Desktop Licences are still required if you don’t have a server, or are using QlikView NPrinting server.

Licences are leased from the QlikView Server when a document is opened in QlikView Desktop from that Server, a Full User CAL is used and Allow Licence Lease is enabled.

This post, lifted from our support portal, describes the process.

How To Lease a Licence From QlikView Server to a copy of QlikView Desktop

When you first download and install QlikView Desktop it will open up in Personal Edition. This is a full install of QlikView Desktop, but it is limited by its licence. In order to have full functionality on the desktop you must either apply a Desktop licence or lease a licence from a server.

If you have a Full CAL on a QlikView Server (via Access Point, for instance) then you most likely want to lease a licence.

A leased licence is managed by the server and can be used on the desktop for up to thirty days without being connected to the server. The lease is automatically renewed each time the Desktop client is opened up when on the same network as the server.

In order to lease a licence;

  • Open QlikView from Start menu or TaskBar
  • Select Open In Server from the start page
    • This is in the bottom right in QV 11.2 SR6+
    • It appears on the left hand side before SR6
    • If the start page is not appearing select Show Start Page from the Help menu
  • Enter address of your Access Point without the http:// in the Address box
  • Click Open >>
  • Browse apps on the server and open one you have access to
  • You can now close this document

Whilst you are in Personal Edition this shows in the caption bar at the top of your QlikView Desktop app. This text is removed when a licence is successfully leased.

In order to lease a licence you must have a Full CAL on the Server and access to at least one app hosted on the server, and Allow Licence Lease must be ticked (in QMC under System \ Licences \ CALs \ General).

QlikView Licence Lease

By |2015-11-18T15:03:22+00:00November 18th, 2015|Back To Basics|4 Comments

About the Author:

Steve is owner and principal consultant at Quick Intelligence. He is a Qlik Luminary, Qlik Community MVP and Technical Editor of a number of QlikView Books.


  1. Lech November 21, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Hi Steve,

    Regarding license lease – would it be possible to lease User Name license to a user who is using Custom Directory Name in DMS authentication. How is this user getting an access to a server. I am trying to get this done, but i am failing.
    Any comment would be great,

    • Steve Dark November 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Hi, this is not something that I have tried, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible. When you come to do the Open In Server there is the option to “Log On As Specified User” under “Show Options”. You may find it is possible to enter the DMS credentials at this point and have it work. If not try opening documents in the IE Plugin on the same machine as you have QlikView Desktop installed, this may register as the licence being used on the Desktop machine.

      Hope it works out for you.

  2. Mayank raoka September 21, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Hi Steve,

    I know it is possible to lease license from prod server to test server.Have EE license for test as well as prod server.
    If I have installed test server EE and not installed Prod server is it still possible to lease license from prod server?

    If no,Then we need to install prod server 1st.How we can lease license to custom users.


    • Steve Dark September 23, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

      Hi Mayank,

      I’m not sure why you would not install your production licence? In this case I would apply the production licence to your test server, then lease the licences, then apply the test server licences over the top. My guess is that the licence lease would then work for thirty days. If you are in a situation where the test server can not see the production server (due to being in a separate environment) then you will need to purchase a number of Desktop licences for the test environment to enable the licence lease.

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