UPDATE: As of April 2020 you now need to search on 1763 instead of RSLogix Micro Lite, and that change is reflected below.

Rockwell recently changed their website again, and as a result it's a little harder to find the free software downloads for use with the MicroLogix 1000 and 1100.

That in mind, I've redirected my RSLogix Micro Starter Lite Download Link (www.TheAutomationBlog.com/mld) to come to this new page where I can keep this procedure on downloading the free software up-to-date:

NOTE: The free RSLogix Micro Starter Lite software I detail in this article only works with the MicroLogix 1000 and 1100.

Also note that there is no free programming software for the MicroLogix 1200/1400/1500, PLC-2/3/5, SLC-100/150/500, CompactLogix, or ControlLogix.

To program these other A-B PLCs you can either buy a license, or ask your local Rockwell Rep for a 30 day demo which you can find out more about here.

You can program the Micro800 series of PLCs with Rockwell's free CCW software.

Step 1) Start by navigating to www.ab.com, which will redirect you to ab.rockwellautomation.com:

Step 2) Next select “Compatibility & Downloads” on the front page:

Step 3) Type in “1763” in the search box:

Step 4) Now choose “1763-Lxxx” from the list, then choose version “10”:

Step 5) At this point you need to select the “Downloads” icon on the right as shown below:

Step 6) In the popup window, select the check-boxes for RSLogix Micro Starter Lite w/o RSLinx EN, RSLogix Emulate 500, and RSLinx Classic Lite as shown below. Then click on the “Downloads” link on the top right of the window:

Step 7) Now select the “Download Now” button on the bottom right on the next popup window:

Step 8) At this point you may be asked to sign in. NOTE: If you don't already have a free account for Rockwell's website, go ahead and create one (be sure to use a valid email address as you'll need to open the email they send you to confirm your registration.) Once your account is setup, sign in so you can continue with the download:

Download RSLogix 8b

Step 9) Accept the end user license agreement:

Download RSLogix 9bStep 10) Here at this point I recommend selecting “Direct Download”:

Download RSLogix 10b

Step 11) Now select the download links for each of the three software packages (RSLogix Micro Starter Lite, RSLinx Classic, and RS Emulate 500) to download the installation files:

NOTE: Below you'll find a screenshot of Rockwell's website showing which versions of Windows 7 RSLogix Micro 8.3 is supported on (it does work well on Windows 10, but the free version is not officially supported on it:)


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


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