This article assumes you’re already familiar with Tulip. If you haven’t read "The Essentials - A brief overview of Tulip" and “Welcome to your Tulip Account”, we recommend taking a couple minutes to do so. 

Now, let’s setup the Tulip Player, which is the platform used to run Tulip Apps and collect data from the production floor.

The Tulip Player can be downloaded within your Tulip account by opening the Help Menu (click on the question mark in the Menu Bar in the top right of every screen) and selecting ‘Download Player’.

From here, select the appropriate download based on your operating system (Mac or Windows). The download should begin automatically.

Alternatively, you can visit download.tulip.co

When the download is finished, if the Player does not start automatically, navigate to your download directory and run the ‘Tulip Player’ file. After a brief loading screen you will see a prompt to register the Tulip Player to your Tulip account.

Registering the Tulip Player

Now that you’ve successfully downloaded and run the Tulip Player it needs to be registered to your Tulip account.

On the Device Registration screen enter the name of your Tulip account in the box next to ‘.tulip.co’.

The name of your account is part of the URL that precedes ".tulip.co" in your address bar when you navigate to Tulip in your browser. For example, the name of the Tulip account below is acme.

Click Register, then login using your Tulip username and password. (Note: this was created when you first logged into Tulip.)

Next, you’ll be prompted to register the device where you are running the Tulip Player. 

Enter a name for the device. 

Note: We recommend establishing a standard naming convention for all of the devices running Tulip in your operation. It will make it easy to see which devices correspond to the physical shop floor. This will simplify things later on when you’re managing many devices across your instance. 

If you are installing Tulip on your computer to test the apps that you are building, you could name it something simple like, “John’s Laptop”

The last step is to enter a Badge ID to log into this device. 

Badge IDs are managed under the People Tab in Tulip. Factory. To get started, you can simply log in to Tulip as a generic user by entering 0000 in the Badge ID field.

Now you’re all set to begin running apps on your local computer or Mac. Let’s dive in and create a simple app that you can run right away! 

Our next article, "Get up and running with the Tulip Basics App Tutorial" will show you how.

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