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SIMUL8 System Requirements

Find out more about the system requirements, technical information and language compatibility for SIMUL8 Basic, Professional and Network 2020 .

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Technical requirements and information


SIMUL8 Corporation certifies that SIMUL8 2020 and all plug-in software for SIMUL8 2020 are compatible with:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 64
  • Windows XP and XP 64
  • Microsoft Office from Version 5 to Version 2016

Versions earlier than SIMUL8 2012 are not compatible with Windows 7 and versions earlier than 2018 are not compatible with Windows 10.

Minimum hardware system requirements

SIMUL8 2020 plus any plug-ins require the following minimum hardware:

  • i3 Processor single core (or non-Intel equivalent)
  • 1GB of available RAM above the minimum required by your operating system.
  • 170MB of available hard-disk space

If you have more RAM and a Multi-Core processor SIMUL8 will use it and deliver results faster.

Optional software compatibility

SIMUL8 2020 can optionally use Microsoft Office files. To use Microsoft Office files Microsoft Office must be installed. SIMUL8 Professional 2020 can optionally use Visio files. To use Visio *.VDX files Visio is not required. To use Visio *.VSD files Visio 5.0 or above must be installed.

Can I run SIMUL8 on a Mac?

Yes SIMUL8 can run on a Mac. The easiest and most flexible option is virtualization software, like VMware Fusion or Parallels. This software costs around $50 and enables you to run macOS and Windows side by side. You can switch between them as easily as you'd switch between Mac applications.

SIMUL8 for networks

SIMUL8 Concurrent License Requirements

SIMUL8 Network Requirements for the end user/client computer are the same as SIMUL8 system requirements listed above.

In addition the SIMUL8 Network requires file server facilities as follows:

  • File share on a network accessible drive
  • Read access for client users to a specific folder installed into the file share
  • Write access for client users to a specific sub-folder of the read folder
  • 200MB of available space on the file server before install starts (most of this is for the client install and can be deleted after the clients are set up)
  • Very minimal bandwidth (only a few bytes when each SIMUL8 opens and closes)

The above do not require any specific server operating system. Any operating system that can serve files is sufficient. There is no minimum speed requirement.

Networked Drives

SIMUL8 2020 can be installed onto, and run from, networked drives. But it does not run concurrently on multiple clients.

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