Make MPLAB® X IDE Run Faster: Operating Systems

Windows®, Linux®, and macOS® Operating Systems

MPLAB® X IDE runs on Windows®, macOS®, and Linux® Operating Systems (OS). Many MPLAB X IDE features and functions running in macOS and Linux OS are fully supported. Windows, macOS, and Linux MPLAB X can be found in the Downloads tab on the "MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE)" page.

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, macOS, 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 macOS.

Ubuntu®

Processor: 800 MHz 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-bit 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-bit or 64-bit)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Disk space: 500 MB of free disk space

Ubuntu 9.10

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

Mac OS X 10.6 Intel

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

Other Configurations

The compilers may also run on 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 on macOS and Linux machines.

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