How to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download RSLogix Micro, RSLinx Classic, and Emulate 500

Free is good

One of the best kept Rockwell secretes is for the last few years they have offered RSLogix Emulate 500 for free.

With this software, you can test your SLC-500 or MicroLogix programs right on your PC, without the need to connect to a physical unit.

And Emulate also supports “debug” files, a sort of reverse ladder logic used to simulate what happens as the process runs.

NOTE: 02/11/2015 – Article updated to reflect Rockwell website changes

How to find

While RSLogix 500 Emulate is free, if you attempt to download the latest version using Rockwell's website you're prompted for registration information only those who purchased the software have.

To avoid this dead end, follow the below steps to download RSLogix Emulate 500 from Rockwell's website for free:

1) Navigate to

1-Go-to-AB com

2) Select Product Compatibility and Download Center under Quick Links:


3) Select Find Downloads:


4) Type in “Emulate” in the product search box, and then press enter:

Learn to use and program the SLC-500


5) Select “RSLogix Emulate 500,” then version 6.0


 6) Next click on “Downloads”


7) Select the small picture of a red arrow and hard drive:


8) Select “RSLogix Emulate 500 6.00.00” under Product Add-ons. You may have to also select “download cart”

NOTE: 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.


9) Accept the terms:


10) Next select “Direct Download”


11) Now select the link to download RSLogix Emulate 500:


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


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

I hope you find the above steps to freely download RSLogix Emulate 500 from Rockwell's website helpful.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to leave them with us by filling in the “post a comment or question” link below.


Shawn Tierney
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64 Blog Comments

  1. please Shawn Tierney or some body else, in the country Im, i can not douwnload free RS Logix Emulate please can you sent me an Application Setup, pls i seriously need it. is it possible to sent by mail? if not pls tell me the application to download, that will hepl for transfering me the Setup
    dont ignore my demand pls, thank for all

    • Good morning nkong,

      Not sure why you can’t download it from the USA version of their website?

      Feel free to use the contact link on the top of the page if it’s easier to respond to me that way.


      Shawn Tierney

  2. Hello Shawn sir after trying many time it shows “Error while login to become member Try after some time”.i had try web site by different angles as well as refresh the page many time. i am trying since last full month but found same Error msg. i am from maharastra(india) is it root of my problem??

    • Good afternoon Webby,

      Are you sure you selected Emulate 500?

      I just tried it again right now, and to be clear I do not have a Tech Connect nor have I ever purchase Emulate and therefore have no serial number for it, and still it allowed me to download it for free again and never once prompted me for a serial number.

      So unless you’ve selected the wrong package, I have no idea why you’re being prompted for that information.

      Best of luck,

      Shawn Tierney

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  3. Good morning dear shawn,
    i already purchase your course PAC BASICS.
    i got a rslogix 5000 demo version (90 days),Let me know if any chance to get rslogix 5000 emulator for free or demo version for studying purpose .
    thanking you

      • thank you sir for replying and i have another question that i want download CODESYS(ABB) PLC software
        send me the link plzzzzzzzz

        if possible for windows 8.1, 64bit
        otherwise any compatible windows……..

  4. tq for replying and i want to know what are the job opportunities after completing PLC SCADA course of 3 months???

    which are the companies provides jobs for this course and in which country have more job???

    thanking you

    • Good morning Muneer,

      We don’t yet have a job board here, so I would recommend checking out a job board site like and search on PLC or SCADA.

      When I worked in Albany, NY, just in that territory there were hundreds of companies that used PLC’s and SCADA and most of their help wanted postings could be found on Indeed.

      Hope this helps,

      Shawn Tierney

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