Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Setting and testing automatic logout
Posted by Henri Huhtamäki (M-Files) on 20 June 2019 10:37 AM

1. Overview

You can set M-Files to automatically log users out of vaults by using a registry setting. This is useful when you have concurrent licenses in use and want to release them automatically.

2. Solution

NOTE: This setting will not log out users that have documents in checked out state.


Apply the following registry key (keys can be automatically distributed with a Group Policy)

Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Motive\M-Files\<version>\Client\MFClient

Value name: AutomaticLogoutTimeoutInMinutes

Value type: REG_DWORD (DWORD 32-bit Value)

Value data: Minutes to the logout (e.g. 120 = 2 hours). Minimum value is 1 minute.


After setting the key, restart the workstation and open a vault. After the defined interval M-Files will notify you that it is going to log you out and then proceed to logout.

3. Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble getting this setting to work. please try clearing the vault cache as instructed in the User guide, and then retry

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