What a Workbench installer does when launched

When the Workbench installer is run, it performs the following tasks:

  1. It extracts and copies files to the installation directory The Workbench software is installed into a directory. It is self contained. The suggested folder name to install into reflects the software name and the major version line, for example, for the CLC Genomics Workbench version 12.0, the default installation location offered on each platform would be:

    Windows
    C:\Program files\CLC Genomics Workbench 12
    macOS
    /Applications/CLC Genomics Workbench 12
    Linux
    /opt/CLCGenomicsWorkbench12

    To install the software into central locations like these generally requires administrator rights.

    Recommendations for installation directory locations

    • For minor updates, you will be asked whether you wish to:

      • Update the existing installation Generally recommended when installing minor updates New files will be installed into the same directory as the existing installation. Licensing information will generally not need to be updated if this option is chosen for minor updates.

        OR

      • Install to a different directory. When installing to a new location, all required configuration will need to be carried out. E.g. licensing will need to be set up, desired plugins will need to be installed, etc.. The License Manager appears when the Workbench is started up if no license has yet been configured. If you have an older, licensed version of the Workbench software installed, then updating the license can be done by choosing the "Upgrade from an existing Workbench installation" option for static licenses or the "Configure License Server connection" option if using a network license.

    • For major updates. The suggested installation directory will reflect the new major version number of the software. Please do not install a new major version into the same folder as an existing, older version of the Workbench. All configuration will need to be carried out anew. E.g. licensing will need to be set up, desired plugins will need to be installed, etc..

  2. It sets the amount of memory available The installer investigates the amount of RAM on the machine during installation and sets the amount of memory that the Workbench can use. Read more in Setting the amount of memory available for the JVM.

  3. It establishes shortcuts if desired On Windows and Mac systems, an option is provided during installation to create a shortcut for starting the Workbench. On Linux systems, this option is also presented, but it has no effect.