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Downloading & Installing LightBurn

Downloading LightBurn

Download LightBurn directly from the Download / Trial page at On this page, you'll find links to download the current version of LightBurn, as well as links to previous versions of the software and public beta versions.

Download the appropriate version for your computer:

  • Windows 64-bit (or download LightBurn 1.5.06 for Windows 32-bit)
  • macOS
  • Ubuntu Linux 64-bit

When you've completed the download, you should see the file in your "Downloads" folder or a manually selected folder.

Minimum Computer System Requirements

LightBurn will run on Windows 7.0 or later, macOS 10.11 or later, and certain 64-bit Linux versions. Linux users should see Linux Installation for more details on supported versions. We strongly recommend using a computer with a screen resolution of at least 1920x1080 (FHD resolution).

Windows 32-bit

Starting with the release of LightBurn 1.6, the Windows version of LightBurn is 64-bit only. Users in need of a 32-bit version should download LightBurn 1.5.06, which is the final version available for 32-bit versions of Windows.

LightBurn does not require a powerful computer for most work, though if your designs contain a lot of images, more memory is helpful. As with most things, a faster computer will make it easier to work with large images or complex vector graphics.

Installation Directions

Choose your operating system below for additional installation help.

Launch the installer by double-clicking it. Windows may ask if you trust us first.

LightBurn Setup

Click Next, then click Install. The installation will proceed. When it completes, you'll see this:

Finish Setup

Installing Drivers

If you have never installed LightBurn on this computer before, you might need to install drivers. This is not necessary when updating an existing installation.

  • The FTDI driver is mostly used by DSP controllers, like Ruida and TopWisdom.
  • The EzCad2 driver is used by supported Galvo devices using EzCad2 boards.

That's it! Locate the LightBurn icon to launch the program.


To install LightBurn on an ARM-based Mac (using an M1 chip or later), you must have Rosetta installed.

In most cases, Rosetta is automatically installed on ARM-based Macs, and manual installation is unnecessary. If Rosetta is not installed, you'll be prompted to install it when you attempt to open LightBurn.

Installing LightBurn on macOS is accomplished the same way as most macOS software. After downloading the DMG file, open the file (typically by double-clicking) and drag LightBurn into your Applications folder. As long as you have version 1.2.00 or later, LightBurn should be ready to use. If you're using an older version, please see the information below for an additional step you'll need to take.

Mac Installation Screenshot

Versions before 1.2.00 were not notarized to be recognized by your computer as coming from a trusted developer. If you installed an older version, you'll need to follow the steps below to allow your computer to run the software:

Notarization Failure Screenshot

macOS Notarization Bypass Guide (fixing the 'unable to check it for malicious software' warning)

To Install the LightBurn application:

  1. Double-click the LightBurn.dmg file to mount the disk image
  2. Drag the LightBurn application into your applications folder
  3. Eject the LightBurn disk image, or drag it to the trash bin

When launching LightBurn for the first time:

  1. Open a Finder window
  2. Browse to the Applications folder
  3. Hold the Control key and click the LightBurn icon, or right-click or two-finger tap the icon
  4. Choose Open from the menu
  5. When macOS asks if it should open the program, say yes, and it will be listed as an exception in your launcher. From then on you can just launch the application normally.

Video walkthrough for macOS installation

LightBurn is tested on Ubuntu Linux, and current releases are officially supported on Ubuntu 20.04 and 22.04.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 users unable to upgrade to a more recent version should download LightBurn 1.2.01, the last release compatible with their operating system.
  • Ubuntu 20.04 users can use any of the installation methods described below.
  • Ubuntu 22.04 users will need to use LightBurn's new AppImage installer.

Please see Linux Installation for more information.