Using the MSI Assistant

To deploy Citavi 6 in an organization using a software distribution system, you should use the MSI Setup, which you can download from our website. Use the MSI Assistant (download here) to configure Citavi.


To use the MSI Setup make sure that .NET Framework 4.6.1 (or later) is already installed.

Select add-ins and extensions

First, select which add-ins and extensions should also be installed:


Selecting program features

Select which features should be disabled and which default folders should be used:


These settings will be entered in the Windows Registry:

on 64-bit computers: HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Swiss Academic Software\Citavi 6\AdminSettings (additional information)

on 32-bit computers: HKLM\Software\Swiss Academic Software\Citavi 6\AdminSettings


Disable First Start Assistant

The first time they start Citavi 6, users will not see the First Start Assistant which helps them convert their projects from previous versions.

Disable automatic updates

Citavi will not automatically check for program updates.

Disable add-on store

Citavis add-on manager (Tools > Manage add-ons) and the online macros for the Citation Style Editor are not displayed and/or are blocked. This option does not affect the manual installation of add-ons via RegistryKey.

Disable backup settings

Citavi will not create automatic backups of local projects. Users can still create manual backups, by clicking File > This project > Save a copy of this project.

Disable sending of usage information

Users will not be able to send usage information to the Citavi Team to help improve Citavi.

Disable proxy settings

Users will not be able to make manual changes to proxy settings in the Citavi options. Instead, the settings that you define here under Proxy settings will be used.

Disable Citavi Account

Users will not be able to log in to Citavi Account.

Skip Login Window (Citavi 6.2 and later)

The login window for Citavi Account will not appear automatically. Users can still log in to Citavi Account by clicking the login symbol on the Citavi Welcome Screen.

Delete user settings upon close

User-specific settings (recently opened projects, recently opened references, databases selected for the online search) will be deleted.

Always: Citavi will always delete user settings when Citavi is closed, even if the user does not log out. The user will also be logged out every time Citavi is closed if this option is selected.

Never: Citavi will never delete user settings when Citavi is closed, even if the user logs out of his or her account.

Default: Citavi will delete user settings when Citavi is closed, but only if the user logs out of his or her account.

Default folder for user settings files

CitaviUserData: Settings are saved in the folder %appdata%\Swiss Academic Software\Citavi 6\Settings; all additional files such as import filters, Citavi citation styles, etc. are saved in the folder \Documents\Citavi 6\Settings (as was the case for Citavi 5 and previous versions).

LocalAppData: All settings, import definitions, Citavi citation styles, etc. will be saved in the folder %localappdata%\Swiss Academic Software\Citavi 6\Settings

Folder for shared citation styles

Here you can enter the path to the folder for your organization's internal citation styles.

Attachments folder

Path to the folder ("root folder") in which the attachments folders for all projects should be saved.

Disable creation of local projects

Users will not be able to create projects on their own computers or on a network drive. They will only be able to work with existing DBServer or cloud projects. This option cannot be used with the Disable Citavi Account option.

DBServer: disable password saving in DBServer connection strings

When a DBServer project is closed, the connection string to the DBServer project is saved in the list of recently opened projects. If the connection string contains a password, this is usually saved in the connection string (and encrypted for the current Windows user). There are, however, scenarios in which multiple users are working with the same Windows account but different SQL Server logins. In this case, the password should not be saved.

After enabling this option, the password will not be saved in the connection string. Users will be prompted to enter their login details every time the Citavi DBServer Project is opened.

DBServer: Connection String

Here you can enter the connection string for a Citavi database on an SQL Server. In the exampoles below, replace the values in cursive with your own server name, instance name, and database name.

Connection string with Integrated Security

When Active Directory is used, the connection to the database server will be established using Integrated Security.

Enter the connection string as follows:

Data Source=<Server name>\<Instance name>;Initial Catalog=<DB name>;Integrated Security=True

Connection string with SQL Server logins

In this scenario, user accounts are saved as SQL Server logins on the MS SQL Server. Database server authentication occurs with a user ID and password each time. Enter the connection string as follows to force the entry of login information:

Data Source=<Server name>\<Instance name>;Initial Catalog=<DB name>;User ID=User;Password=******

Please note:

If you enter "User ID=User" the entry of a user name will be required for all users. However, if the connection string is configured in Citavi, only the individual user name will need to be entered.