System Requirements

NetLogo 6.1.0 User Manual

NetLogo runs on almost any current computer.

If you have any trouble with NetLogo not working, see Contacting Us.

Application Requirements


NetLogo runs on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista. NetLogo 5.2.1 was the last version to support Windows XP and Windows 2000.

The NetLogo installer for Windows includes Java 8 for NetLogo’s private use only. Other programs on your computer are not affected.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.8.3 or newer is required. (NetLogo 5.1 was the last version to support 10.5 and 10.4; NetLogo 5.2.1 was the last version to support 10.6 and 10.7)

The NetLogo application contains a distribution of the Java 8 runtime for NetLogo’s private use only. Other programs on your computer will not be affected.


NetLogo should work on standard Debian-based and Red Hat-based Linux distributions. The NetLogo tarball includes a copy of the Java 8 runtime.

Start NetLogo by running the provided NetLogo executable.

3D Requirements

Occasionally an older, less powerful system is not able to use the 3D view or NetLogo 3D. Try it and see.

Some systems can use 3D but can’t switch to full-screen mode. It depends on the graphics card or controller. (For example, the ATI Radeon IGP 345 and Intel 82845 probably will not work.)

32-bit or 64-bit?

For most users on Linux or Windows, the 32-bit version of NetLogo is the simplest way to a working NetLogo installation. Advanced users will want to understand the advantages of 64-bit NetLogo as well as how to determine whether their machine meets the requirements.

The primary advantage of the 64-bit version is the ability to add additional heap space by changing the “-Xmx” JVM option. For more information, see How big can my model be. You may also find it helpful to browse Oracle’s documentation on the performance characteristics of the 64-bit JVM

To run 64-bit NetLogo, you must be running 64-bit Windows. To determine whether your version of Windows is 64-bit, see Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows if you’re using Windows Vista, or Windows 7, or Which Windows operating system am I running? if you are running any other version of Windows.

For Linux users, the easiest way to determine whether your operating system is 64-bit is checking the output of

uname -m

If the output shows “x86_64” or “amd64”, you should be able to run the 64-bit version.