Make MPLAB® X IDE Run Faster: Operating Systems

Windows®, Linux®, Mac® OS Operating Systems

MPLAB® X IDE runs on Windows®, Mac OS®, and Linux® operating systems. Many MPLAB X IDE features and functions running in Mac OS, and Linux operating systems are fully supported. Windows, Mac OS, and Linux MPLAB X can be downloaded here.

Note
If you plan on using MPLAB X IDE on different platforms, please be aware of the following issues:

  • Use the forward slash “/” in relative paths. The backslash “\” works only on Windows OS platforms.

For example: #include headers/myheader.h.

  • Linux OS is case-sensitive, e.g., generictypedefs.h is not the same as GenericTypeDefs.h

XC Compilers

The MPLAB XC compilers (XC8, XC16, XC32) are available and licenses can be installed on every major platform, including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Please refer to the users guide, Installing and Licensing MPLAB XC C Compilers, to install and activate the compiler. Below shows the minimum configurations required for Ubuntu® 9.10 and Mac OS

Ubuntu®
Processor: 800MHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent

  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Disk space: 400 MB of free disk space

Mac OS® X 10.5 Intel®:

  • Processor: Dual-Core Intel (32 or 64-bit)
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Disk space: 400 MB of free disk space

Recommended Configurations

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Professional/ Windows 8 Professional:

  • Processor: Dual-Core Intel (32 or 64-bit)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Disk space: 500 MB of free disk space

Ubuntu® 9.10:

  • Processor: Dual-Core Intel® (32 or 64-bit)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Disk space: 500 MB of free disk space

Mac® OS X 10.6 Intel:

  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo or newer (32 or 64-bit)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Disk space: 500 MB of free disk space

Other Configurations
The compilers may also run on the various Linux distributions such as Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu 8.x and 10.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and many others.

License Activations
Both the Workstation License and Network Server Licenses can be activated offline from the command line on Windows, as well as Mac OS, and Linux machines. License activation instructions can be found here.

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