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XCOPY Deployment

Running Seq without the MSI installer

Seq is XCOPY-deployable, which means you don't have to run the MSI package to get Seq set up on a machine. This can be useful if you're automating deployment, or running on a workstation on which you don't want to, or can't, install system-level software.

The MSI is, however, the only distribution format currently used, so you'll need to install Seq on at least one computer to extract the necessary files.

XCOPY-deploying Seq

Here are the steps to take.

  1. Install Seq on a convenient machine
  2. Stop the Seq service by running seq.exe stop
  3. Create a zip file with the contents of C:\Program Files\Seq
  4. Extract the zip file on the target machine
  5. Run Seq with the command-line below:
seq run --storage=".\Storage"

This will start Seq listening at the default 5341 port, with logs written to a new folder Storage in the current directory.

See Storage Paths and URLs for more information the available arguments.