How to get a free copy of RSLogix Emulate 500



READ FIRST: As of April 2020 this procedure has changed – see the new article HERE for the updated steps.

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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 www.ab.com:

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

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3) Select Find Downloads:

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

Learn to use and program the SLC-500

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

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 6) Next click on “Downloads”

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

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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.

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9) Accept the terms:

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10) Next select “Direct Download”

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

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

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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.

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  1. Thank you Shawn for that ,I just have an issue at last step after selected ”select files” under ”other” list there is no emulate 500, but only 4 files RSlinx Entreprise ,FT but no emulator 500

    • Hafid,

      Thanks for your comment – I also noticed they removed some items from the “free downloads” selection.

      What does seem to work is to search on “RSLogix Emulate 500” in place of free. Then choose v6 and you should be good to go!

      Please let me know how you make out,

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  2. I keep getting this message after login to download :

    Your browser and/or operating system is not supported for Software Downloads at this time. If you have IE11, please add ‘rockwellautomation.com’ to the ‘Compatibility View Settings’ under Tools menu . Refer to the FAQ page in the left margin for the current list of system requirements

    Tried compatibility view settings thing and still keep getting the same message

    • Tommy,

      You may wish to use Firefox or Chrome, however I was able to use IE11 to download the software yesterday using the managed download option.

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  3. Just downloaded without any problems.
    Will try it and see how to learn AB and what is all about AB compared to the Siemens PLC (Simatic S7).
    Almost all people I know say that AB is well organized and it is easier to learn.
    Thanks again.

  4. EDIT:
    Learned it on hard way.
    You can fix registry error message in emulator but don’t do that.
    If you do that than you can’t use emulator (it’s running but Micrologix can not connect to emulator).
    Last hour I tried to figue it out what happened with errors about emulator can not be started.
    In the end I go back and uncheck run emulator as administrator…
    Now it’s time to see how to make some things in AB.

    • Almir,

      Thanks for the information. I always get a registry pop-up error when I start emulate on Win 7 64 bit but just press OK and it works fine.

      However, for other readers who might be confused – if Emulate doesn’t show up in RSLinx then you need to add it to RSLinx via the registry edit shared above – this puts Emulate back in the drivers list in RSLinx.

      Thanks,

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  5. Did not mention that I’m using Windows 7 SP1 Ent Edition, 32bit
    Sorry for many post but I can’t see how to edit my previous post.

    • H4rDw4rE,

      I don’t have Ent. Ed., but if it helps I’m running Win7 Pro 64bit.

      I don’t think 32 bit is a problem but do have Win7 Pro 32bit and could try it if you’re still having issues.

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  6. Yes, I don’t think 32 bit windows is problem:D, this problem is emulator related.
    This piece of software is released before Windows 7 and it is a pitty that AB did not update their software to fully support Windows 7 (in free edition).
    Right now I don’t have another Windows 7 edition to test, but don’t think I will change windows to see how emulator works…
    For now it is not big problem to see pop-up message (start once and use it all day long:D).
    Thanks for your fast response and advices for this software.
    Almir

    • Good morning H4rDw4rE,

      Yeah, once I get past the initial error pop-up it seems to work great on Win7, although I also had to add the registry keys to add the Emulate driver into the old RSLinx package suggested for use with the free RSLogix Micro Starter Lite.

      I haven’t tried the newer version of Emulate 500 to see if it’s also free, but last I checked the newer RSLinx doesn’t require the registry edit to add the Emulate driver back in.

      Have a great weekend,

      Shawn Tierney

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