Install ReqView Application

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Install and Update

ReqView Desktop is available as:

  • WebApp — online web application available from the ReqView website,
  • WinApp — native Windows application,
  • MacApp — native Mac application,
  • LinuxApp — native Linux application.

The main functional differences between these applications are summarized in the following table:

PlatformsWindows, Linux, MacWindowsMacLinux
Automatic Updates
Offline Mode
Project Folders
Export PDF
Collaboration via Network Drive
Collaboration via Subversion (SVN)
Google Drive Integration
Command Line Interface

Web Application

You can open the ReqView WebApp in your Chrome or Firefox web browser.

In Chrome, you can also optionally create an application shortcut from the Settings dropdown. Mouseover More tools and select Create shortcuts.

Note: You will always be running the latest version of the application. To force refresh cached content, press CtrlF5.

Windows Application

Download the latest version of the Windows application installer from the ReqView Download page.

Run the downloaded .exe installer which installs ReqView into your user profile folder (for example, C:\User\<username>\AppData\Local\reqview). The installer creates a shortcut in your Start menu.

Note: When a new update is made available, ReqView downloads the update package and installs it automatically.

Mac Application

Download the latest version of the Mac application installer from the ReqView Download page.

Open the downloaded .dmg file and then drag & drop the ReqView icon into the Applications folder in the opened window. To run ReqView, open Finder and open ReqView from the Applications folder.

Note: When a new update is made available, ReqView downloads the update package and installs it automatically.

Linux Application

Download the latest version of the Linux application installer (.deb) from the ReqView Download page.

Install the downloaded .deb package from the command line:

$ sudo apt-get -f install ReqView-<version>-linux-amd64.deb

Then run ReqView:

$ reqview &

Note: You must download and install new Linux application versions manually.


ReqView is automatically activated with the FREE license plan after the first installation. The FREE license plan has several limitations. For instance, you cannot edit projects with more than 1 document, or edit documents with more than 150 objects or more than 1 custom attribute.

You can enable advanced features by purchasing the PRO or ENTERPRISE license. There are two types of licenses:

  • Authorized User License is suitable for individuals or small teams. The maximum number of users entitled to activate and use the license simultaneously is limited.
  • Floating License allows effective license sharing in a bigger team over the network. You can activate it by an unrestricted number of users. However, the maximum number of application instances with a license checked out at any one time is limited.

Activate License

To activate your license key:

  1. Click Help and select Activate License to open the license file selection dialog. Select the license file (license.key) that you received by email.

    Note: Activate the license file without any modifications. Otherwise, the license file activation fails.

  2. Click Help and select About to review the license information in the About ReqView dialog:

Deactivate License

To deactivate your ReqView license, either uninstall ReqView or activate the FREE license key.

Floating License

With the ENTERPRISE license plan, a ReqView License Server, typically running in your intranet network, manages your floating license. We will send you an e-mail with detailed setup instructions when you purchase the ENTERPRISE license.

Two license files will be provided to you – a server license (server-license.lic file), which must be imported into your ReqView License Server, and a client license (client-license.lic file), which should be distributed to all ReqView users so that they can activate it in ReqView application as described in the Activate licence section above.

Note: Users don’t need to reactivate the license in the ReqView application when it’s extended or upgraded, only the server license must be updated.


When the ReqView application with an activated floating client license is started, it tries to check out a license from the server. If the maximum number of allowed floating licenses has already been checked out or if the server is inaccessible, then the application switches to the FREE plan.

After a successful license checkout, the application periodically repeats the checkout. If the server cannot be reached for more than a few minutes, the application reverts to the FREE plan. The application checks the license back in automatically when it’s closed.


With a floating license successfully checked out, you can borrow a license for offline use for a selected number of days. Click Help and select Borrow Floating License. Closing the application will not check a borrowed license back in.

To return a borrowed license, click Help and select Return Borrowed License. This will switch the application back to doing periodical checkouts.

Updated for version 2.17.0