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
Automation Instructor and Blogger
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  1. Yeah I ended up having to log out and back into my account. IE11 works fine really. I got it and everything works fine. Sorry for the late response. Thanks and good looking out!!

  2. Hi
    I tried to download the software today but when I reached step 7, rslogix emulate 500 is not on the list of the software I can download. Is still possible to dowload the software.

    • Good morning Saimir,

      It seems Rockwell has recently removed RSEmulate from the FREE category, but I can confirm it’s still free and can be downloaded by searching on Emulate 500 instead of free (see note on step 4)

      Hope this helps,

      Shawn Tierney


  3. I’m getting this error message
    “Could not set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARErockwellsowftwaresetupdefaultcommon registry entry – Installation Failure [#19]”

    Can you please help me?

    • Ivan,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I just ran through it again myself and can confirm you now need to login to proceed past step 8.

      However, I can also confirm you can create a free account and login with it to continue with the download process.

      PS – I went ahead an updated the procedure above – thanks again for find that!


      Shawn Tierney


  4. Thanks very much Shawn
    I tried to install the Emulate Rslogix500 following your 11 steps but while installing the following error message came up

    Could not H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARERockwell softwareSetupDefaultCommon registry entry- Installation Failure [#19]

  5. Dear Shawn,

    I’ve been trying to download the RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (v8.30) without RSLinx — for offline programming (English) and I can’t it to go past the Installshield Wizard screen. I am using Windows 7 x64bit.


    • Good afternoon Andrew,

      Using the below link I checked to see if it was compatible, and it appears it only works with Windows 7 Pro 32bit and 64bit, as well as Windows 7 Home 32bit, but not with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed 🙁

      I’ll update the article with a picture from the above site – are you indeed running Win7 Pro with Sp1? Or maybe Win 7 Home 64?

      Hope this helps,

      Shawn Tierney


      • Dear Shawn,

        Thanks for prompt reply.

        You are right. My OS is Win7 Home x64 Service Pack 1. Is there anyway to handle this matter?


        • Not sure if there is a workaround aside from getting v9 or v9.5 from your local rep – just ask for a temp activation for RSLogix Micro and they should send you an email within a couple of minutes. After 30 days it will revert to the free version discussed here.

          Other options would include using the software on a WinXp machine, or using free virtualization software to create a virtual XP machine on your system.

          PS – I really wish RA would update this download to at least v9 🙁

          Hope this helps,

          Shawn Tierney


          • I would like to send you an update on this.

            Finally, I was able to ran the RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (v8.30) without RSLinx — for offline programming (English) uses Win 7 Home Service Pack 1 x64 properly. The reason i wanted to download this because I am joining the PLC course from Paul Lynn via Udemy. After checking with him, he discovered the problem that i encountered was due to my norton antivirus. I was able to download and run the file after disabling my norton.

            I tried to download the file on my wife’s laptop that uses Wins 8.1 x64 and it worked properly.

            The conclusion is the RSLogix Micro Starter Lite (v8.30) without RSLinx — for offline programming (English) can be downloaded and ran properly even though you are using either Wins 7 Home Service Pack 1 x64 or Wins 8.1 x64.

  6. Just an update:
    When I go to, it forwards me to From there I go: “Products”-> “Product Compatibility and downloads” (click). On that page I click Find downloads. On the next page searching for “automate” did not bring up the 500 version (though it did bring up 5000) I had to search “emulate” to get the 500 version.

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