Configuraciones globales

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Descripción general.

Si hace clic sobre el icono Global.png, que se encuentra situado en la barra de herramientas principal de la aplicación, puede acceder a la pantalla de administración de las diferentes configuraciones globales. Este pantalla sólo está disponible para usuarios que tengan el rol 'Super Administrador'. Esta pantalla se puede utilizar para ajustar configuraciones globales de LimeSurvey. En las versiones anteriores a la 1.87 estas Optional settings sólo estaban disponibles si editaba los archivos config.php y config-defaults.php. A partir de la versión 1.87 los valores de los archivos config.php y config-defaults.php solo sirven como valores por defecto. En cuanto acceda a la pantalla de configuraciones globales y guardade los nuevos valores, serán estos valores los que sobrescriban las configuraciones globales.


The global settings dialog is only available to those administration users with the Settings & Plugins permission. It can be used to adjust certain settings of LimeSurvey in a global context. Once you enter the global settings dialog and save your desired configuration, the previous LimeSurvey values will be overruled.

Diferentes configuraciones y su explicación.

Global Settings Tabs.png

Introducción y actualización.

  • Vista previa del sistema: Esta opción se explica completamente por si misma. Aquí puede ver un pequeño resumen del numero total de encuentas y otras estadisticas de su instalación de LimeSurvey. Con el proposito de realizar tareas de depuración puede usar el botón para mostrar la info de PHP.
  • Actualizaciones: Puede comprobar las posibles actualizaciones de LimeSurvey en esta sección. Desde aqui puede establecer, cada cuanto tiempo debe buscar LimeSurvey que hay nuevas actualizaciones. Si se encuentra una nueva actaulización puede elegir entre instalarla manualmente descargando el nuevo paquete de LimeSurvey y siguiendo las instrucciones de actualización o utilizando la herramienta ComfortUpdate.
Help.pngCheck our wiki on survey participants tables for further information.
  • Updates (Obsolete since 2.06): for automatic updates, please use the ComfortUpdate feature. In the later versions, it can be found under the Advanced tab that is located in the Configuration dialog from the main Limesurvey toolbar
Help.pngFor debug purposes, you can also find a button that shows your PHP information.


  • Nombre del sitio: Proporcione un nombre a su instalación de LimeSurvey. Esta opción aparecerá en la vista general de las encuestas, en la cabecera de administración.
  • Lenguaje por defecto: Esta opción indica cual será el lenguaje por defecto que se utilizará en la administración. También será el lenguaje por defecto para la lista pública de encuentas si no se proporciona ningun lenguaje.
  • Plantilla por defecto: Esta opción indica cual será la plantilla utilizada por defecto, para la lista pública de encuentas, para las nuevas encuentas o para encuentas que utilizan una plantilla que no existe.
  • Modo por defecto del editor HTML: Estable el modo por defecto para el editor HTML integrado en en LimeSurvey:
    • en linea: Inline replacement of fields by an HTML editor. Slow but convenient and user friendly
    • emergente: Adds an icon that opens a popup window with the HTML editor. Faster, but HTML code is displayed on the form.
    • ninguno: Ningun editor de HTML
  • Time difference (in hours): If your web server is in a different time zone to the location where your surveys will be based, put the difference between your server and your home time zone here. For example, I live in Australia but use a US web server. The web server is 14 hours behind my local time zone. So my setting here is "+14". In other words, it adds 14 hours to the web servers time. This setting is particularly important when surveys timestamp the responses.
  • PDF export available: This feature activates the PDF export for the 'Printable survey' feature and data export.
  • Screen reader compatibility mode: If this option is set to true, then LimeSurvey will add 'title' html element to all links used in menus. This will help screen reader to analyze the menus. Only set this to true if you're using a screen reader because it overlaps with tool tips.
  • Session lifetime: Defines the time in seconds after which a survey session expires (provided there is no action from the participant). The maximum value on this is 65000 (seconds). Please use a reasonable value. Depending on your server configuration LimeSurvey may not be allowed to override the server setting - in that case you have to set the session timeout value in your PHP configuration.
  Attention : You will observe that some of the options can be found in your user's preferences, under Your personal settings tab. If you change the respective options from the global settings of your LimeSurvey installation, the 'default' option from the drop-down list of each option that is located under 'Your personal settings' tab will inherit the global settings values. For example, if you, as a user with Settings & Plugins permissions, change the HTML editor mode to the 'popup' mode, all the other users that have chosen the 'default value' option from the HTML editor mode in their personal settings will also use the popup option.

Email settings

  1. Default site admin email: This is the default email address of the site administrator and used for system messages and contact options.
  2. Default site bounce email: This is the email address where bounced emails will be sent to.
  3. Nombre del administrador: Nombre real del administrador de la aplicación.
  • Método de correo: Esta opción determina como se envian los correos electrónicos. Las siguientes opciones están disponibles:
    • PHP: LimeSurvey utiliza PHP como sistema de correo.
    • Sendmail: LimeSurvey utiliza Sendmail como sistema de correo.
    • SMTP: LimeSurvey utiliza SMTP como relay. Esta opción es valida cuando está ejecutando LimeSurvey en un servidor que no es su servidor de correo.
      • Make sure that you are using your SMTP configured e-mail (Global settings -> E-mail settings) at the survey settings (At the moment you create a survey or after you create it Edit Survey Settings -> General)  if you use SMTP, otherwise there might be a chance that the following error is displayed: SMTP -> ERROR: RCPT not accepted from server: 553 5.7.1 : Sender address rejected: not owned by user.
    • Qmail:Set this if you are running the Qmail mailer
  • SMTP host: If you use 'SMTP ' as email method then you have to put your SMTP-server here. If you are using a different part than port 25 (standard for SMPT) then you have to add the port number separated be a colon (example: '')
  • SMTP username: If your SMTP-server needs authentication then set this to your user name, otherwise it must be blank.
  • SMTP password: If your SMTP-server needs authentication then set this to your password, otherwise it must be blank.
  • SMTP SSL/TLS: Set this to 'SSL' or 'TLS' to use SSL/TLS for your SMTP connection
  • SMTP debug mode: If you switch this on then on sending invitations or reminders a detailed connection log and error message will be given (if an error occurs). Not for the faint of heart, but this can give valuable information why a SMTP relay does not work. Usually you want this to be off.
  • Email batch size: When sending invitations or reminders to survey participants, this setting is used to determine how many emails can be sent in one bunch. Different web servers have different email capacities, and if your script takes too long to send a bunch of emails, the script could time out and cause errors. Most web servers can send 100 emails at a time within the default 30 second time limit for a PHP script. If you get script timeout errors when sending large numbers of emails, reduce the number in this setting.  Clicking the 'send email invitation' button on the token control toolbar, (not the button on the right of each token), sends the maxemails number of invitations, then displays a list of the addresses sent to and a warning that "There are more emails pending than could be sent in one batch. Continue sending emails by clicking below. There are ### emails still to be sent." and provides a "continue button" to proceed with the next batch. I.e., the user determines when to send the next batch after each batch gets emailed.  It is not necessary to wait with this screen active.  The admin could log off and come back at a later time to send the next batch of invites.

Bounce settings

  • Default site bounce email: This is the email address where bounced emails will be sent to. For faster bounce back processing, the email address box should be limited to bounce back only
  • Server type: If set to 'Off', no bounce processing functions will be available. To activate the bounce processing function at a global level, set this to 'POP' or 'IMAP' - think of whether you wish the bounced emails to be kept on your email server (IMAP) or not (POP) after reading them. For further details on its usage, check the following wiki section
  • Server name & port: Name of the server and (if needed) the port separated by a colon. The port number isn't typically needed unless the email host uses a non-standard port
  • User name: The user name for the POP/IMAP account
  • Password: The password for the POP/IMAP account
  • Encryption type: If encryption is used, please set the right type here (SSL or TLS)


  • Survey preview only for administration users: By default, preview of inactive survey is restricted to authenticated users only. If you set this to 'No' any person can test your survey using the survey URL - without logging in to the administration and without having to activate the survey first.
  • Filter HTML for XSS: By default you survey manager will not be authorized to use dangerous HTML tags in their survey/group/question/labels texts (for instance JavaScript code). This is intended to prevent a survey operator to add malicious script in order to have a true admin raise his permissions on the system. If you want to use any script objects like Javascript scripts of Flash applets in your surveys you will need to switch this off.
  • Group member can only see own group: By default non-admin users defined in the LimeSurvey management interface will only be able to see other users if they belong to at least one group this user belongs to. If you set this to 'No' they can see all users (for example in Survey security )


  • Show 'no answer' option for non-mandatory questions: When a question of a radio button/select type that contains editable answers (i.e.: List & array questions) is not mandatory and this is set to 'Yes' (default), an additional entry 'No answer' is shown for each subquestion - so that participants may choose to not answer the question. Some people prefer this not to be available. Set this to 'No' to turn this off.
  • Number of answers to show before repeating the headings in array questions: With array type question, often you'll have a lot of subquestions, which - when displayed on screen - take up more than one page. The repeat-headers setting lets you decide how many answers should be displayed before repeating the header information for the question. A good setting for this is around 25. If you don't want the headings to repeat at all, set this to 0.

Data Policy

  • Show data policy on the surveylist page:: Whether to display the "data policy" button on the surveylist. On click this will display a button that shows a popup box(modal) with the "data policy" message.
  • Show legal notice on the surveylist page: Whether to display the "legal notice" button on the surveylist. On click this will display a button that shows a popup box(modal) with the "legal notice".
  • Data policy: Fill in the textbox to add all the information related to your legal notice (e.g., rights, duties obligations).
  • Legal notice: Fill in the textbox to add all the information related to your survey data policy (e.g., where the data is stored, for how long, and so on).
Help.pngAll the options from above influence only the parameters of the PDF which contain the answers/responses to a survey/questionnaire. Therefore, the options mentioned above influence only the PDF result of the 'answers export PDF' function.
Help.pngLimeSurvey also allows questionnaires to be printed and to be completed offline, but the export questionnaire PDF function is an experimental option and the output is far from being perfect. Its parameters can be modified either from the 'Style' from the queXML PDF export page or from the config.php file.


  • Default site language: The default language that is used in your administration panel can be selected via this option. It also gives the default language for the public survey list if none is given
  • Available languages: If you don't want all languages to be available in the 'default site language' box, just remove them from the left box. This restrict the available language in survey by administrator.


  • RPC interface enabled: Using this feature you can activate/deactivate the LimeSurvey RemoteControl2 interface API, either using JSON-RPC (recommended) or XML-RPC
  • URL: http://<your_domain>/<your_limesurvey_dir>/index.php/admin/remotecontrol
  • Publish API on /admin/remotecontrol: If you activate this option, then under the specified URL a short description of the API functions will be available. Usually, you should not need to activate it and should only be activated for debug purposes in general.
Help.png Note: Please note that the remote control functionality is generally used by developers to access LimeSurvey from other applications (in this way, you are not restricted only to PHP). It is only recommended for advanced users. For more details on its usage, check the following wiki section or join the LimeSurvey forums.