Getting Started With Visual Expert for PowerBuilder

  1. Check the system requirements to select the proper machine (client or server). 

  2. Client or server?
    The same installation package works for both servers and clients.
    • For a standalone project, install VE on a client PC.
    • If you wish to share your code analysis among several developers, and/or schedule the code analysis on a regular basis, It is highly recommended to install VE on a Server machine.

  3. Download and install Visual Expert
    Use this from to download VE

  4. Code analysis:
    Select your code and start the Analysis.
    Learn how to create a VE Project

  5. Check your Repository
    You need to verify that the repository created automatically during the VE installation can handle your volume of code. If not, we will guide you to create the proper Repository:

    • Do you see the default screen with the number of objects analyzed?

    • Check the status of your code analysis:
      Open Visual Expert and go to [Code analysis - Manage analysis]

      Is the "status" of your code analysis "completed"?

      If the analysis was not properly completed, read this article to create a new Repository that will support your volume of code.

  6. Product key
    Request a free trial key: without a key, you get limited results.
    Read this article to get a product key that will remove this limitation.

  7. Learn More and Get Support

System Requirements

Trial / Small Project

  • Repository Storage:
    SQL Server Local DB*
  • CPU:  4 cores minimum
  • RAM: 4 GB Minimum
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB Minimum
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 10
*Installed with Visual Expert


  • Repository Storage:
    SQL Server Developer Edition (Free) or higher.
  • CPU:  4 cores minimum - 3 Ghz or higher
  • RAM: 8 GB Minimum
  • Hard Drive: 100 to 256 GB
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 10

Concurrent / Large Projects

Server Side
  • Repository Storage:
    SQL Server Standard Edition or higher.
  • CPU:  8 cores minimum - 3 Ghz or higher
  • RAM: 16 GB Minimum
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB to 1 TB
  • OS: Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019
Client Side
  • CPU:  4 cores minimum
  • RAM: 4 GB Minimum
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 10