Installing the Software

M-Files can be installed as a single installation or distributed and installed on several computers at once. These instructions are for executing a single M-Files installation. For advanced installation options, such as customizing the installation package to automatically configure client or server connections, disabling automatic checking for software updates or using Active Directory group policies in distributing M-Files, refer to the document M-Files Setup: Advanced User's Guide.

Tip: While the M-Files installation is in progress, you may want to see information about M-Files and Virus Scanning.
  • Both the server computer and client workstations must have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later installed for all M-Files functions to work properly. M-Files Compliance Kit installations require Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later to be installed on both the server and client computers. Intelligent Metadata Layer features require Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later to be installed on the server computer.
  • You have received the M-Files setup file from your system administrator, or you have downloaded it via the M-Files download page.

For a single M-Files installation, follow these steps:

  1. Quit all other applications running on your computer and double-click the M-Files setup file.
    Result:The welcome screen of the installation wizard appears.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Read and accept the end-user license agreement to be able to continue.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the software components to be installed.

    You can install M-Files for evaluation or perform a normal installation.

    If you are not an M-Files system administrator in your organization, you only need to install M-Files Desktop. In this case, M-Files Server has been installed on your organization's local area network, and your M-Files system administrator has the M-Files Server Tools (M-Files Admin) installed. After the normal installation, you can connect to the document vault(s) on your M-Files server via M-Files Desktop Settings.

    The evaluation installation includes all the software components as well as a sample vault, which you can start exploring immediately after installation.

  6. Continue the installation by clicking Next.
  7. Specify the installation location and click Next.
  8. If you do not want to change anything, click Next to start the installation.
  9. Select whether or not you would like to see the Guided Tour and click Finish to complete the installation process.
The M-Files software has now been installed on your computer. If you have performed an evaluation installation, you can continue familiarizing yourself with the software by opening the Guided Tour via the Windows Programs menu.