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groov Server for Windows Base

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groov Server for Windows gives you visualization into your system with groov View, Opto 22’s web-based Internet of Things (IoT) and operator interface tool that is simple, mobile, and connects easily to automation systems, software, databases, and devices of all kinds.

You build your groov View interface—your own custom application—using any computer with a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE10). No programming or coding is required. You can mix devices, equipment, and data from different sources in the same interface if you wish. There are no user or tag limits. The pages you build are served to authorized users through groov Server for Windows.

The interface you build can be used on any brand computer or device with a web browser—even a web-enabled HDTV. Or you can view the same interface on an Apple or Android mobile device with the free groov View app.

Try groov View for free! Download the free trial and see what you can do.

groov View includes trending, events, and user notifications. You control authorized users (both human and software) and their credentials. 

GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE is installed on a Microsoft Windows computer (see Specifications for details) and runs as a service. The groov View software is stored and served on the Windows PC.

GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE provides a groov Base license, which lets you monitor and control one or more of the following:

  • Modbus/TCP devices
  • Opto 22 groov EPIC processors and SNAP PAC controllers (SNAP PAC R-series, S-series, and SoftPAC)
  • Opto 22 SNAP PAC I/O units (with an EB-series brain or R-series rack-mounted controller)
  • groov Data Stores (databases, cloud services, and APIs can write data to or read data from Data Stores)
  • OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring units

No intermediary servers or protocol converters are required.

Buying GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE and obtaining software. You can purchase groov Server for Windows by adding it to your cart here, by calling us at 800-321-6786, or by buying from your local OptoDistributor. You'll then receive an email or certificate with instructions to download and license the software from

Price includes groov Server for Windows, groov View software, and one year of updates. Annual maintenance for successive years is required for updates after the first year. Product Support is free.

For more information on groov, see groov System.

groov Enterprise license: To use OPC UA-compatible automation systems and equipment in your groov View interface, also purchase GROOV-LIC-ENT. groov Enterprise links you to a wide variety of industrial automation, building automation, energy management, and other systems.

To build operator interfaces with groov you’ll need:

- Any computer with a web browser. (This can be the same computer where groov Server is installed, or a separate computer. The computer used to build interfaces does not have to be a Windows PC.)

To install and run groov Server you’ll need:

  • A PC on the same network as your SNAP PAC controller, with one of the following Microsoft® operating systems:
    • Windows® 10 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8.1 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2008 R2

   NOTE: .NET Framework 3.5 or greater is required for all operating systems.

  • A minimum of 250 MB available disk space to install groov Server. Additional disk space is required to create projects. (Projects may be created on this PC or on another computer.)

groov Products Comparison Chart

This two-page chart compares features of the following groov products:

groov View Action Plan Data Sheet

The groov View Action Plan gives you a simple, effective mobile operator interface—your own custom mobile app designed for your automation systems and equipment—without having to build or configure it yourself.

groov Box Data Sheet

The groov Edge Appliance (groov Box) is Opto 22’s internet of things (IoT) and operator interface appliance that provides visualization, data handling, and connectivity to automation systems, software, databases, and devices of all kinds—all in a compact, industrially hardened box suited to the edge of the network.

Read about everything you can do with the groov Box and more in this data sheet, which covers the following part numbers:

groov View Readme Notes

Latest Readme for groov View.

This Readme provides information on new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. To get the latest groov updates, go to

groov Server for Windows Readme Notes

Latest Readme for groov Server for Windows. This Readme provides information on new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. To get the latest groov updates, go to

Guide to Networking groov Products

This guide helps you understand the basics of networking over wired Ethernet networks and wireless LANs. It also provides guidelines for setting up communications between your Opto 22 groov products and your systems and equipment. groov products include:

The goal is for you to be able to securely monitor, control, and move data between your automation equipment and computer networks, including the internet.

The guide includes information on IP addresses, gateway routers, MQTT, VPNs and port forwarding, additional resources, and networking terms.

groov Server for Windows User's Guide

This user's guide shows you how to set up and configure groov Server for Windows (part number GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE), which you can use to develop a mobile operator interface to monitor and control your systems and equipment.

groov View User's Guide

This user's guide shows you how to set up, configure, and use groov View to easily build an operator interface to monitor, control, and view data from your automation systems, equipment, databases, and software.

The web-based operator interface you build can be securely viewed by authorized users on any brand computer or mobile device.

groov View software is built into the following part numbers:

Logging groov Data to Microsoft Excel (Instructions)

This document provides instructions for the Logging groov Data to Microsoft Excel free code sample download.

The instructions are also included in the zip file. If you want only the instructions (and not the accompanying free code sample), you can download the instructions from this webpage.

Case Study: Amalgamated Research, LLC

As the research and development department of Amalgamated Sugar in the 1970s, ARi began with a mission to develop efficient processes to extract sugar from sugar beets.

But over time, their continuous research in the industrial separation field has led them far beyond sugar.

Press Release: Opto 22 adds advanced trending capabilities to the groov mobile operator interface solution

Updated groov R3.4 software includes support for trending up to 5 years of data and can be viewed from almost any mobile device or PC’s web browser

Press Release: Opto 22 and Dell Exhibit at Hannover Messe 2017

Opto 22 and Dell bridge the OT/IT gap to deliver Industrial IoT solutions at Hannover Messe 2017.

Automation manufacturer Opto 22 and IoT solutions provider Dell announce joint product exhibition at Hannover Messe 2017, showcasing technology to bring the Industrial IoT (IIoT) into reality by bridging the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology.

Opto 22 announces strategic partnership with IBM and acceptance into the IBM Watson IoT partner ecosystem

Opto 22 announces strategic partnership with IBM and acceptance into the IBM Watson IoT partner ecosystem, providing developers a full stack end-to-end toolset for rapidly developing and deploying industrial IoT applications.

This partnershiip will bridge the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology.

Watch this video and see how to get started. 


2017 White Paper: State of the IIoT, 2017

The next industrial revolution, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is happening now. This white paper summarizes the key IIoT trends from 2016, with predictions and recommendations for 2017 on:

- IIoT challenges still to be met
- Standards and architectures that work well for the IIoT
- Platforms to watch; their strengths and weaknesses

Opto 22 announces relationship with Dell to develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) applications

Opto 22 announces relationship with Dell to develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Automation manufacturer Opto 22 and Dell join forces to bridge the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology.

Case Study: Natural Fruit Corporation

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Natural Fruit Corporation wanted a better way to remotely monitor and control their refrigeration systems and eliminate the need to physically be on site to verify that systems are operating as expected. A combination of a SNAP-PAC-R2 rack-mounted controller and groov View turned out to be the solution.

Opto 22 Expands groov with New Graphics Capabilities and OEM Customization

Press release for groov 3.1 - Opto 22 Expands groov with New Graphics Capabilities and OEM Customization.

Application Brief: Plummer's Environmental Services

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Industrial services company Plummer's Environmental Services collects, treats, and disposes of thousands of gallons of liquid waste. Opto 22 SNAP PAC and groov products help make it happen.

Opto 22 Adds Event Notifications and Lower-cost Options to groov

Press Release groov: Opto 22 Adds Event Notifications and Lower-cost Options to groov.

groov Maintenance Technical Note

What is groov maintenance, what happens when it expires, and how do you renew it? This technical note answers all your questions about groov maintenance.

Opto 22 Mobile Apps for Automation

Opto 22 offers two types of mobile apps for use in automation:

  • Diagnostic and commissioning apps for Opto 22 SNAP I/O and SNAP PAC Systems: Opto iPAC and Opto aPAC.
  • Monitoring and controlling apps for almost any automation system or equipment from any manufacturer: groov View for iOS and groov View for Android.

This technical note compares these two types of apps and describes the best ways to use each.

Getting Started with the groov Server Free Trial

This document walks you step-by-step from getting your free trial of groov Server for Windows to viewing a simple mobile operator interface that you've built yourself using groov View.

The document also explains how to download and install the groov View demo project, a fully-functional operator interface that demonstrates many groov View features and gadgets.

Using Commercial Off-the-Shelf Mobile Devices in Industrial Automation

"Russian Roulette" or the "New Normal"?

Automation engineers heatedly debate the pros and cons of using standard COTS smartphones and tablets in industrial settings. Meanwhile, industry analysts like Gartner and ARC Advisory Group forecast tremendous growth in BYOD (bring your own device) usage.

Are there reasons to use off-the-shelf mobile devices in industrial automation? What are the advantages and disadvantages, and what do you need to think about before moving ahead? This white paper discusses environmental, safety, security, connectivity, and other factors to consider and includes specific advice for choosing device types suited to your industrial application.

Setting Up groov View Mobile Apps Technical Note

Opto 22's free groov View apps for iOS and Android allow you to use View for one or more groov EPIC processors, groov Boxes, and groov Servers for Windows on your smartphone or tablet in full-screen mode, without the address bar, toolbars, and other things you see in a browser. To get a groov View app for your mobile device, go to your app store and search for “groov View.”

This technical note describes how to set up the groov View App on your mobile device.

Ignition Settings for groov Technical Note

NOTE: If you are using the internal Ignition Edge OPC-UA server and drivers in a groov EPIC processor or the groov Box, do not use the instructions in this technical note. See the groov EPIC User's Guide or the groov Box User's Guide instead.

This short technical note provides Opto 22’s recommended settings in Inductive Automation's Ignition OPC-UA Server for successful communication.

Building an HMI that Works: New Best Practices for Operator Interface Design

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are requiring a new standard in today’s automation industry. This white paper takes a look at the industry's new best practices for building an effective HMI. You'll find out what's wrong with most HMIs and why, see some of the research behind those that work, and learn specific ways to make yours better.

Whether you're starting an HMI from scratch or thinking about adding to or changing yours, the information in this paper will help you build an HMI that increases productivity, saves downtime, and avoids accidents.

Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products Technical Note

This technical note describes the networking tools and protocols that are compatible with Opto 22 products for communication with a wide variety of software and systems.

groov Demo

A fully-configured groov project demonstrating how to build and use both simple and complex gadgets.

In the demo you’ll see how to:
• Show the value from a temperature sensor in the submersible James Cameron used to explore the bottom of the Marianas Trench
• Control a tank level and an auger in a brewery
• Trend electrical demand data for a wind farm

We’ll also look at some more complex capabilities, like these:
• Show a rotating graphic in your interface, like a compass
• Show machinery states with animated GIFs, like the turbines at the wind farm
• Indicate changes with multiple images, like the fermenter’s tank level in the brewery

PEXMode File

Port expander mode (PEXMode) file. Modify and load this QuickServer configuration file to connect your Modbus RTU device to a groov Box or Server, so you can monitor and control data on the Modbus RTU device.

This file is explained in the groov Your Modbus RTU Device video.

Learn more about groov.

Video: Getting graphics from the SVG Library

Learn how to use the SVG graphics from groov to make your own custom graphics for your groov project.

SVG Image Library

Select, modify, and download an image from our free library containing images for manufacturing, processing, HVAC, flow, transportation, and many other images.