Installing and Upgrading - V8.16 and Later
Where do I get versions of X-Plane??
The current version of X-Plane is available via the X-Plane download page.
What you actually download is a small installer program
So how do I install X-Plane?
It depends on whether you've bought the DVD or you want to
install a demo version over the network. It also depends on which DVD
kit you have. There are four basic types of DVD kits:
- Single DVD sold by Laminar
Research and X-Plane.org.
This package has been discontinued but some are still available.
- Single DVD packaged by Graphsim
and sold through retail stores, including internet retailers.This
package is now pretty old, but it still being sold.
(Then again, some retailers are still selling the 6 year old V5.54
Xicat package! These things just won't go away.)
- Set of 7 DVDs containing X-Plane V8.21 and global scenery, sold
by Laminar Research
and X-Plane.org. This kit is
also offered as a retail kit by Graphsim.
- Set of 8 DVDs containing X-Plane V8.40 and global scenery, sold
by Laminar Research. This kit is identical in
content to the 7 DVD kit, except for the X-Plane version and that the 7
DVD kit has the base sim and US scenery on the same DVD where the 8 DVD
kit has them on separate DVDs. Laminar also sells 2 DVD subset kits
consisting of the base sim DVD and one scenery DVD of your choice.
Either way, you'll need
upwards of 1GB of HD space for the demo download or just the base
install from the single DVD. Plan on several gigs
if you want to install the optional scenery from the single DVD kit.
The 7/8 DVD kit is huge - installing just X-Plane and the US scenery
takes about 10 GB; installing the entire set takes about
- If you've bought the DVD, run the installer on the DVD first.
That installs the version on the DVD, which will be a whole lot faster
than pulling the whole thing over the net. Once you've done that, run
the installer you downloaded from X-Plane.com to update to the current
version via the net.
- If you don't have the DVD, run the installer you downloaded. It
will download all X-Plane components over the network. This is some
500MB total, so expect it to take a while.
For details on how to use the installer in the V8.21 and V8.40 kits,
see the installer FAQ page. Most
"where is my scenery?" type problems come from not specifying the
install destination correctly; read the description carefully.
How do I install it on Linux?
Not all DVD kits include a Linux
installer or Linux applications. However, you can install the scenery
from the DVD(s), and then install the linux apps over the network. The
DVD still works as a full version key.
You get the Linux installers from the Linux download page
precise URLs for the installers change as the installers are updated.
From this page, click the link for the latest installer version to get
to the current installer set. There are three different installers
- First, use X-Plane-DVD-Install.gz
to install the US scenery from the first DVD.
- Then use X-Plane-Scenery-Install.gz
to install the remaining scenery DVDs.
- Finally, use X-Plane-Net-Install.gz
to install the current Linux applications over the network.
I've been running the X-Plane demo and
it so much I just bought the DVD. How do I install the full
This depends on which DVD kit you've
If you've bought the single DVD (like the 1 DVD Graphsim retail package
have the full version! The
same download acts as a demo or as the full version, depending on
whether or not you have the DVD loaded. The DVD acts as the full
version key. Additional scenery is on the DVD in compressed
archives and must be installed on your HD. See the V8.00 install FAQ page
There is a version of
X-Plane on the CD, but it's usually way out of date. Ignore it.
If you've bought the 7 or 8 DVD kit, you need to install X-Plane over
The reason is that, in addition to the basic global scenery, the 7/8
kit contains scenery resource files that are not part of the demo
download. You need to install the DVD
kit over the top of your existing demo install. This works even if your
current demo install is a later version than what's on the DVD, but if
you take some care you can minimize the overall effort:
- Run the installer on each DVD, starting with the main X-Plane 8
Specify your current X-Plane folder as the destination. You will get a
bunch of warnings about files having been modified. Select the option
to keep the modified files - these are files that are new for
your current X-Plane version.
- Run the network installer to verify and repair any files from the
current version that might have been modified by the scenery
installation process. In theory, there shouldn't be any if the
installer has respected your request to leave modified files alone, but
the installer sometimes has a mind of its own...
For more details on installing and upgrading, read on...
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