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Installing LightBurn

Minimum computer system requirements:

LightBurn will run on Windows 7.0 or later, 32 or 64 bit, MacOS 10.11 or later, or 64 bit Linux. LightBurn does not require a powerful computer for most work, though if your designs contain a lot of images, more memory is helpful., and a faster computer will make it easier to work with large images or complex vector graphics.

Choose your operating system:

Windows Installation

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

If you have never installed LightBurn before, you might need to check the 'Install FTDI driver' button - this is mostly used by DSP controllers, like Ruida and TopWisdom, and it only needs to be done once. If you update the software later, you do not need to repeat this step.

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


MacOS Installation

  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

Please note that at this time, LightBurn for MacOS is not digitally signed. This means that you will need to tell MacOS that you trust us. (Read about this here:

To launch LightBurn for the first time:

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


Linux Installation

  1. Open a terminal and run the following command:
  2. sudo adduser $USER dialout && sudo adduser $USER tty
  3. IMPORTANT! Log out and log back in (this refreshes the permissions we just added)
  4. Download the Linux 64-bit version, either the .run file or the .7z file and follow the appropriate steps below:

.run installer

  1. Open your terminal and cd to the directory you downloaded the file to.
  2. Run bash ./LightBurn-Linux64-v*.run
  3. It will now automatically install and create a program listing in your desktop environment.

.7z installer

  1. Extract the folder wherever you want Lightburn to exist
  2. Right click AppRun > Properties > Permissions > 'Allow executing file as program'
  3. Double click AppRun inside your Lightburn folder