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Readers will learn how to run the UniFi controller software as a Windows service.
Windows services are often useful since they are “background” applications which don’t require any attention from the end-user. In this way, the service will launch upon startup, without any intervention from the user. The service is a direct replacement/substitute for running the controller program manually (via the icon or a scheduled task), so there is no need to run the controller application if you're running it as a Windows service.
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Steps - How to Run the Controller as a Windows Service
2. Open the command prompt as an Administrator. For example, on Windows 10, right click on the Start Menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
3. Change directory to the location of UniFi in your computer using the following command (exactly as it is here, no substituting needed):
cd "%UserProfile%\Ubiquiti UniFi\"
java -jar lib\ace.jar installsvc
java -jar lib\ace.jar startsvc
Note: You will need to use Oracle Java JRE 8, which you can download HERE. For the UniFi cloud service (unifi.ubnt.com) to work, you need to use x64 Java only (so choose Windows x64 Offline). You can use either x86 or x64 Java for UniFi, but if you use x86 you cannot use the unifi.ubnt.com cloud tie in.
When upgrading the service, first perform step 2 and 3, then run "java -jar lib\ace.jar stopsvc" (without quotes) to stop the old the service. After the update is complete, run "java -jar lib\ace.jar startsvc" (without quotes) to start the service for the updated controller instance.
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- Switching to a service means you have to open up ports on your windows firewall. The ports the UniFi controller uses are listed here.
- There have been users who couldn't start the installed UniFi service until both x86 and x64 Java was installed (on an x64 machine). Help us verify this solution by sending us an email with the Give Feedback button below if you were experiencing this issue and this tip fixed it.