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Installing Admin vs. Non-Admin

Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


What's the difference between Admin and Non-Admin installs of Alteryx?


The below largely borrows from the Admin and Non-Admin Install Guide





Best for

Individual user installing on their computer without Administrator privileges.

User with Administrator Privileges.

IT team installing on managed computer or a system that multiple users will use to run Designer.

Are administrator privileges required?

Not required for installation or to add Predictive Tools, Intelligence Suite, Python Tool libraries, or R Tool libraries.

Required for installation and to add Predictive Tools, Intelligence Suite, Python Tool libraries, or R Tool libraries.

Executable file location



Other locations used

%ProgramData%\Alteryx, %ProgramData%\SRC, %LocalAppData%\Alteryx, %AppData%\Alteryx, %AppData%\SRC, \ayx-install, \ayx-tools

How to know you have this version?

Help > About dialog box title reads "Alteryx Non-Admin Designer", or check install location of AlteryxGUI.exe above.

Help > About > dialog box title reads "Alteryx Admin Designer", or check install location of AlteryxGUI.exe above.

Re-install or Upgrade

Uninstalls previous Non-Admin version.

Uninstalls previous Admin version.

Complete Uninstall

Complete Uninstall of Alteryx Designer (402897)

Self-managed License Server


See your Sales Representative.

Predictive Tools

Requires installation of matching Non-Admin version.

Requires installation of matching Admin version and Administrative Privileges.

Intelligence Suite

Requires installation of matching Non-Admin version and license.

Requires installation of matching Admin version, Administrative Privileges, and license.

Install two versions of Designer

Both a Non-Admin and Admin version of Designer can be installed on the same machine and will share a single license.  This allows users to evaluate a different version or maintain an older version for Server/Gallery compatibility.  How to install two versions of Designer on the same machine (454948). 


9 - Comet

Quick Note:  Documentation referenced here indicates that IT Departments should generally install Admin to users, which will, among other things, allow new named version installs to overwrite older ones, so that user don't end up with both old and new application versions.

8 - Asteroid

How does one determine if he has Admin or Non-Admin installs of Alteryx on his machine?





Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

Hi @JohnBell.


Admin version, per default, gets installed in the C:\Program Files\Alteryx directory while Non-Admin version installs in the user directory C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Alteryx. There is also a visual cue, the non-admin version has the word User as part of the program name. Another difference you will notice is that the non-Admin version doesn't have the System Settings option (under Options > Advanced Settings)




8 - Asteroid

Perfect!  Thank you Margarita...

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Hi @AlexKo,


Thanks for summarizing the differences between the Admin and Non-Admin versions of Alteryx Designer.


I encountered an issue with the installation of an R package for use within Alteryx. I am currently working with the Admin version of 2018.2 Alteryx and I was hoping to alter the path where R and R-packages for Predictive Tools get installed when the 2nd executable for RInstaller is in the process of getting installed. 


I want to alter the path for the installation of R and R packages since the default directory requires admin rights for installation of additional R packages for extending Alteryx's capabilities. Do you think the directory for installation of R and R-packages can be changed while the RPredictive Installer is in the process of getting installed?




6 - Meteoroid

Hi @AlexKo,


I just wanted to know if Admin version of alteryx can control activities on a set of designer licences, like addition or deletion of licenses. Or is Server the only way to perform such activities on a couple of licenses.


This could help if you reply little quickly.


Thanks in advance,



Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

Hi @anushaa,


The Admin version of Alteryx by itself does not have the functionality to manage a set of Designer licenses, and neither does the Server. Since the release of version 2018.1, all license management is now done from the Downloads & Licenses portal online.


For information on what you can do there, check out our help documentation at License Administrator Topics and this Youtube video: 2018.1 Licensing for License Administrators.


If you have more questions, please let us know at Customer Support and one of our engineers would be happy to help.




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Would I be able to install Alteryx on One Drive and would it be fully functional?

6 - Meteoroid

Hello  ,

Could you eloborate?

5 - Atom

Hi - Can we use Admin Alteryx designer for creating workflows and macros? Is it a license breach if we use Admin Alteryx designer for development purpose? Please explain.