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Personal Edition FAQs

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Personal Edition FAQs

QlikView Personal Edition FAQs

What is QlikView Personal Edition?

Simply put, QlikView Personal Edition is the full QlikView Desktop product that is run on a machine without a customer or partner license assigned to it. With the QlikView Personal Edition license, everyone is free to create QlikView documents for personal use. If at any point you or your organization decides to acquire a full QlikView license, this Personal Edition installation will automatically become a full QlikView client without requiring any additional software.

If you have never licensed QlikView before and want to use the tool to perform analysis on any sort of business or personal data set, or have an existing QlikView installation and want to try out our latest release, QlikView Personal Edition is for you; download and start connecting to all of your data sources and building your analysis applications.

How can I get started making my first QlikView?

If you have data available in an Excel file, starting up QlikView will take you through a simple process to get your data loaded and your first QlikView built within 5 minutes.  There are several video tutorials available to help you get up an running quickly.

What are the limitations of Personal Edition?

There are only two limitations while using QlikView with the Personal Edition license:

  • QlikView Personal Edition works with local files only; you cannot share your QlikView file with another unregistered user, or load a QlikView file from another user.
  • You cannot import an entire document layout (sheets/objects/security settings, etc. without the data) into QlikView Personal Edition.

Can I use Personal Edition on a Mac?

Yes, but you need Mac software that will allow you to install and emulate a Windows environment, before you install QlikView within that environment. As an alternative, Mac users can access QlikView apps deployed on a server through Safari and other supported browsers. You can access one of our demo apps to experience the power of QlikView.

What is "Document Recovery" and when should I use it?

Please read carefully: Technically, every document is now saved with a user key -- information that ties that file to the file's creator. In Personal Edition, users can only open files that they have created.

We recognize that it may be necessary to install QlikView on a different computer (i.e. computer upgrade, replacement, etc.). In order to open documents created using the previous installation of QlikView, you will need to "recover" the files. Recovering files simply means that you are assigning an updated user key (old machine -> new machine) to these documents. When you recover a file, you are telling QlikView that you are moving this file to your new installation, and you will no longer be using it on your previous installation.

IMPORTANT: QlikView Personal Edition is limited to four recoveries per installation. When you recover a QlikView file created with a previous installation, it will apply your new user key to ALL documents created using the previous installation, not just that particular file.

DO NOT attempt to open QlikView files that you did not create (from the forums, created by a colleague, etc.) Doing so will use one of your remaining recovery attempts, and once you have exhausted all 4 of the attempts, you will no longer be able to access documents that you have created and, from that point on, you will only be able to create new documents using your current QlikView installation.

Error: "Access Denied. The file was created by a licensed QlikView user..."

As mentioned above, QlikView Personal Edition can only open files created locally by that same installation.

Do Personal Edition users qualify for upgrades?

Yes. We post new releases on the web using our QlikView download page. You can re-download QlikView at any point and install an updated version on your existing machine and continue working with documents that you have already created. NOTE: If you have exhausted your recovery attempts, downloading a new version or re-downloading the same version will not reset the counter.

Do Personal Edition users qualify for telephone/online support? What kind of help is available?

Personal Edition users do not qualify for telephone or email support from QlikTech. As a Personal Edition user, you can gain excellent QlikView support through our active user community, QlikCommunity. We've created the dedicated New to QlikView area of QlikCommunity for Personal Edition users to get to information on how to start using QlikView as well as allow you to interact with other members of the community.

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I just installed QlikView and followed the tutorial.

How can we use QlikView Personal Edition for Internet Explorer users? I wish to present the results of a Qlikview document to iPad users, for example. Do I need to have QlikView Server and QlikView Publisher?

Thanks in advance for your answer.

--- Miguel-Angel

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I have installed the Personal Edition and I´m going through the Introduction course.

When I came to section 11 – How to imort/load data with script(loading an Excel file) I got problem.

After I saved my Qlikview file and closed it Im not´allowed to open it.

I get a message on the screen saying that the file has been created by a “licensed Qlikview User” and I have a Personal Edition……????



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Can qlikview personal edition be used for a self-employed client?

MVP & Luminary
MVP & Luminary

This document is somewhat out of date in places:

try out our latest release (version 9.0 SR1),

Also, since users of the PE edition can't contact QlikTech support some kind of troubleshooting guide regarding problems like Peter's problem two posts up or this one would be nice.

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I've created a document in QVPE.

My question is:

Can I use SAVE AS to prevent creating same template again?

I want to update my databases only.




I have the exact same problem.  Very frustrating!  

I also created a new document today, saved it ...closed it ....and now can't open it ...I get the same error message "'Access denied. The file was created by a licenced Qlikview user and since you are using a Qlikview Personal Edition you may not open this file"

How can I finish the tutorial if I have to restart from scratch every time?

I might just give up 

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Below are other threads with similar issue with Personal edition refusing to open created by user with the same installation on the same machine



After looking at so many open threads complaining the same issue. I am thinking of giving up on Qlikview.

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I am using Personal Edition to learn QlikView. I do not meet the problems others are meeting.  I am sometimes frustrated when I want to see the solution provided as QVW in the community : the day I gain one million, I will buy a true version

I have a question because I saw contradictory sentences : is the personal Edition time limited ? if yes, how much time do I have to become a true expert in QlikView ?


Contributor III
Contributor III

AUNEZ FABRICE  I dont think Personal Edition is time based, so you can become a master of Qlikview Personal Edition

Creator II
Creator II

The licensing system should be changed to another more accessible and with less restrictions.


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