How to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx, and Emulate for free (Fall 2016)

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UPDATE: As of November 2017 this procedure still works as long as you follow all the steps, including Step 5.

I commend Rockwell on their efforts to improve their website, however it's disappointing they often don't provide redirects from old pages to new, leaving thousands of daily visitors landing on broken or missing pages like the one below:

Download RSLogix 0

That in mind, I've changed my RSLogix Micro Starter Lite Download Link from going directly to Rockwell, to now come here where I can keep the below procedure to download the software up-to-date:


1) Start by navigating to www.ab.com:

1-Go-to-AB com2) Select Compatibility and Download on the front page:

Download RSLogix 2b

3) Type in “RSLogix Micro” in the search box and then choose “RSLogix Micro Starter Lite w/o RSLinx EN” from the list:

Download RSLogix 3b

4) Now select “Download”:

Download RSLogix 4b

5) Select the small picture of a hard drive as shown below:

Download RSLogix 5b

Important: Only the downloads for version 10 and 11 have links to the software downloads, so it's important to chose the link shown above:

6) Select the check-boxes as shown below:

Download RSLogix 6b

7) Then select the “Download Now” button on the bottom right:

Download RSLogix 7b

8) At this point you may be asked to login. If you don't already have a free account go ahead and create one and log in so you can continue with the download:

Download RSLogix 8b

9) Accept the terms:

Download RSLogix 9b10) Next I recommend selecting “Direct Download”:

Download RSLogix 10b

11) Now select the links to download RSLogix Micro Starter Lite, RSLinx Classic, and RS Emulate 500:

Download RSLogix 11b

Note: Below you'll find a screenshot of Rockwell's website showing which versions of Windows 7 RSLogix Micro 8.3 is supported on:

RSLogix-Micro-Compatibility

For information on other operating systems check out Rockwell's compatibility website using the link below:


NEW! See the above procedure demonstrated in Episode 6 of The Automation Minute, Season 3:


Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger
If you enjoyed my article, you may like my courses at TheAutomationSchool.com


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Comments:
  1. Hi!
    First of all, I wanna say thanks, because your forum is very interesting, and Ii'm using it to improve my knowledge in some things.
    I wanna ask you if you know how can I download rslogix emulator 5000, because only the 500 version seems available.
    Thanks a lot.
    Good afternoon @marandlo,
    You know, Emulate 5000 has not been a free download like Emulate 500 has. In fact, Eumulate 500 is the only free Emulate download Rockwell makes that I know of.
    Sincerely,
    Shawn Tierney, The Automation Blog
    Shawn - Any thoughts on if RSLogix 500 Lite is still valid? Trying to get a remote customer to connect to a 1400. We had them download it along with RSLinx Lite and upon remoting into their machine could see the faqulted processor in Linx but could not go online, upload or diag. Popup window comes up with an error about using Linx Gateway (we are set it up to talk via Enet driver in linx) with Ethernet driver to go online. But we are not using linx gateway.
    Then after reboot - Got a popup window starting Logix Lite saying it doesnt support Micro 1400's.
    Comments or thoughts?
    Hey Ames Electric,
    Hope you guys are doing well!
    As I write in the below article, RSLogix Micro Starter Lite is only good for the 1000 and 1100:
    https://theautomationblog.com/do-you-really-need-rslogix-500-to-program-a-micrologix/
    I do believe you'll find a free download utility (I've never used it) at the same place as RSLMSL - see step six in the below article:
    http://theautomationblog.com/mld
    PS - I recently tried the free software from the above link with Windows 10 and a ML1100 and had no issues communicating using the below procedure:
    https://theautomationblog.com/how-to-setup-rslinx-and-download-to-a-micrologix-1400/
    Best of luck guys!
    Shawn Tierney,
    Instructor, The Automation School

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  1. Hi Shawn,
    Thank you for the useful information, I was able to download and install the software.
    I do have a question regarding communication with MicroLogix 1100 controller. If the CH0 is configured for Modubus(RS-485 network) how can you have access to the controller to download the program and monitor online other than disconnecting it from the network and connect to personal computer. Can you use CH1 to connect your personal computer to controller to download the program and monitor online? Thank you, Calin.