Chapter 2 Installing and Starting Reactis
Reactis is available on
To run Reactis, a system should satisfy the following minimum
- At least 1024 MB RAM (more is required for large models)
- At least 160 MB free disk space
- MATLAB, Simulink, and Stateflow installed
- An installed Ethernet card
- 64-bit Reactis requires 64-bit Windows and 64-bit MATLAB
There are different methods for installing Reactis, depending on
how you will access the license(s) you have purchased:
via a Reactis License File residing on your computer, or
- via a Reactis License Manager running on a remote server.
In the latter case, you (or someone in your organization) will also
need to install the Reactis License Manager. The Reactis installers
may be downloaded from the Reactis User Pages:
2.1 Installing with Local License File
To install Reactis, perform the following steps:
Execute the self-installing executable
and follow the instructions. The 64-bit Reactis installer is named
but otherwise installing 64-bit Reactis proceeds exactly as the 32-bit install.
If you obtained your release on a DVD, inserting the DVD into
your DVD drive should initiate the execution of this executable
automatically. If it does not, manually run the program
reactis-setup-V2021.exe that is included on the DVD. Alternatively, you may
download the latest version of the installer from the Reactive
Systems web site listed below. Note, that an updated version of the
installer will have a name of the form reactis-setup-V2021.0.n.exe
where n is a patch release number.
- To obtain a Reactis license file, you will first need to locate the file
rsilicense.dat, which is stored in the Reactis installation directory.
If you installed in the default location, the license file
should be found at one of the following two locations:
C:\Program Files\Reactis V2021
C:\Program Files (x86)\Reactis V2021
Once located, e-mail the (incomplete) rsilicsense.dat
to Reactive Systems at email@example.com. You will receive a
response containing the completed license as an attachment. When you
receive this e-mail, replace rsilicense.dat in the Reactis
installation directory with the completed license file.
|Figure 2.1: Configuring Reactis to access a Reactis License Manager running on a remote server.|
2.2 Installing with Remote License Manager
If your organization already has a server running the Reactis
License Manager, then you will need the name or IP address of the
license server. The steps required to install Reactis on your
computer (the client) are as follows:
- On the client machine, run the installer (see
step 1 of Section 2.1).
- Invoke Reactis (see Section 2.5).
The dialog shown in Figure 2.1 will appear.
In this dialog, click the
Add button and enter the IP address or name of
a server running the Reactis License Manager.
Step 2 can be repeated multiple times if there is more than one server.
2.3 Installing the Reactis License Manager
Please see the
Reactis License Manager User’s Guide.
2.4 Performing a Silent Install
The Reactis installer supports a silent install (installing Reactis
from the DOS command line in an automated fashion). The following
command line switches control a silent install.
Instructs the installer to be silent. When the installer is silent,
the wizard and the background window are not displayed but the
installation progress window and error messages are displayed. The
default settings (which can be overridden using command line
arguments) are used for the install.
With this switch, the installer will display error messages, but not
the wizard, background window, or progress window.
Prevents the user from canceling during the installation process by
disabling the Cancel button and ignoring clicks on the close button.
This switch is useful in conjunction with /SILENT.
Overrides the default directory name displayed on the Select Destination
Location wizard page. A fully qualified path name must be specified.
Overrides the default folder name displayed on the Select Start Menu
Folder wizard page.
/COMPONENTS="comma separated list of component names"
Overrides the default components settings. By default, all components
are installed. Possible components are:
| main||:||Reactis GUI |
| lm||:||License Manager |
| lmo||:||License Monitor |
| help||:||Help files |
| examples||:||Example files |
| api||:||Reactis API |
Overrides the default MATLAB root directory name displayed on the
Locate MATLAB wizard page.
Instructs the installer to copy the personal settings and license information
to the new installation if running in SILENT or VERYSILENT mode and a
previous existing Reactis installation is found.
This is the default.
Do NOT copy personal settings and license information from a previous
Saves information entered during the install in a file. That file can
later be used to specify default parameters via LOADINF. The
following information is saved:
Install directory name
- Program group name
- MATLAB root directory
- Should settings and license information be copied from existing
versions of Reactis?
Load default information from a file created with the SAVEINF option.
This is useful in combination with a silent install, i.e.
C:\> reactis-setup-V2013.2.exe /SILENT /LOADINF="mysetup.inf"
will install Reactis without any user prompts using the values saved
Options given on the command line will override parameters stored in
the information file.
/HELP or /? or /H
Display help information for the silent install command line switches.
2.5 Starting Reactis
Reactis can be started in several ways:
Select Reactis V2021 from the Windows Start menu, or
- double-click on the desktop shortcut if you installed one, or
- call the reactis.exe executable from a DOS command prompt which can
be invoked with zero, one, or two arguments:
If no arguments are given Reactis starts with no model loaded.
- If one argument is given it can be either the name of a Simulink
model (.mdl or .slx file) or the name of an .rsi file. Reactis will
start and load the specified model.
- If two arguments are given the first is assumed to be a model name
and the second is an .rsi file and Reactis will start and load the
specified model and .rsi file.