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IMPORTANT: Before installing CommonLook Clarity Desktop Edition or Verification Edition, please ensure that your system meets the following minimal requirements.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
  • Windows Internet Explorer version 6.0 (SP1) or higher
  • Disk space: Approximately 600 MB with additional for database requirements
  • Memory: 1 GB or more recommended

By default, this product is distributed with SQLite. If you are interested in the Microsoft SQL Server-based edition, please contact


The installation MUST be performed while logged in to Windows as a user with administrative privileges on the local machine.

If you received the software on CD, insert the CD into your CD ROM drive. Start the setup by double clicking on the setup program. A setup window should appear with a welcome message.

If you downloaded CommonLook Clarity from the web, the file is self-extracting, and will begin the installation process when the download has completed.

The following software components are required for the operation of CommonLook Clarity. If any component does not already exist, setup will install it.

  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • SQLite 3.0
  • Visual C++ runtime libraries 2010

Follow the installation instructions as prompted. Once all prerequisites are installed CommonLook Clarity will start.

Welcome to the setup wizard dialog.

SQL Server edition ONLY

During installation, you will be prompted to enter the password of the database administrator (sa) user.  The password you choose will need to adhere to any policies in place on your network. Any rules that dictate length, special characters, etc. will apply here as well.

IMPORTANT:  Be sure to remember the password as it will also be the one you will use to login to the application.

Customer Name & System Key

You will be prompted to enter your Customer Name and System Key. This should have been sent to you in an email with the download link. It can be found inside of the CD case for boxed copies.

Once installation is complete, the system may prompt you to restart before running CommonLook Clarity.