Table of Contents
Supported Operating Systems
Operating System Requirements and Limitations
Hardware Requirements
Software Requirements and Recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions

Supported Operating Systems*

Supported Operating System Minimum

Version
Maximum

Version
Linux x86 (64-bit)    
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) (64-bit), intel only    
Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T))   SP1
Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, Business, Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit (EM64T)) SP2 SP2
Windows XP Professional Edition, Home Edition (32-bit) SP3 SP3
Windows XP Professional Edition, Home Edition (64-bit (EM64T)) SP2 SP2

* Please see the Operating System Requirements and Limitations section for additional requirements and information.

 

Hardware Requirements

  CityEngine
CPU Speed

2GHz dual core CPU or better (at least Pentium4 compatible Intel/AMD)

Memory/RAM 2 GB or higher
Disk Space 500 MB of free disk space or more
Video/Graphics Adapter

NVIDIA®: Geforce 6xxx / Quadro or better NVIDIA graphics card

ATI®: Radeon X1600 or better ATI graphics card

Networking Hardware Network adapter is required.

 

Software Requirements and Recommendations

  • NVIDIA® or ATI® graphics card with latest drivers (we recommend Nvidia 8xxx cards or better and Nvidia driver series 197xx).  Intel chips are not supported.
  • Autodesk® FBX® plug-ins 2009.3 or newer for DCC tools like Autodesk® Maya® and 3ds Max® (we recommend the latest FBX® 2011.2)
  • COLLADA plugins: OpenCollada for Autodesk® Maya® and 3ds Max® (from opencollada.org). Note: for layered texture support use the older ColladaMaya and ColladaMax plugins (from sourceforge.net/projects/colladamaya)

 

Operating System Requirements and Limitations

 Linux

  • >=glibc6 (>= version 2.6)
  • 2.2.1 of the GTK+ widget toolkit and associated libraries (GLib, Pango)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does CityEngine run on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux?

What are the minimum hardware requirements (RAM, CPU, graphics card ...)?

What are the recommended hardware requirements (RAM, CPU, graphics card ...)?

How much RAM does CityEngine typically need?

Does CityEngine have native 64-bit support on all operating systems?

What are the requirements for my Linux distribution?

How can I fix the error "My computer has OpenGL 1.x"?

Where can I download the latest OpenGL drivers?

 

Does CityEngine run on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux?

CityEngine runs on all three major operating systems.

Native 64-bit and 32-bit versions are available for Windows (7/Vista/XP).

A native 64-bit version is available for Linux and Mac OS X with Intel processors (no CityEngine support for 32-bit or PowerPC Macs).

 

What are the minimum hardware requirements (RAM, CPU, graphics card ...)?

The minimum system requirements to run CityEngine are as follows:

  • RAM: At least 2GB memory is required.

  • CPU: All Intel and AMD processors are supported. On Mac OS X, an Intel "Core 2 Duo" or later is required (i.e. PowerPC and Intel "Core Duo" are not supported).

  • Hard disk: 700mb of free disk space is needed. After installation, the CityEngine program files take 350 MB disk space in total (without example projects).

  • Graphics card: CityEngine needs OpenGL® 2.x which is available with most modern graphics cards (NVidia Geforce 6xxx or later, ATI®/AMD Radeon X1600 or later, newest Intel GMA X and GMA HD graphics cards). The corresponding OpenGL® 2.x drivers can be updated with an installer from the manufacturer's homepage. We recommend a minimum of 256 MB dedicated graphics memory.

  • Network adapter with internet connection.

What are the recommended hardware requirements (RAM, CPU, graphics card ...)?

The recommended system requirements for a smooth CityEngine experience are as follows:

  • RAM: For working with larger datasets, a 64bit operating system with 6GB RAM or more memory is recommended.

  • CPU: For quick model generation, 2GHz or faster Intel/AMD processors are recommended.

  • Hard disk: 1-2GB of free disk space allows to securely working with all provided examples and own datasets. After installation, the CityEngine program files take 350MB disk space in total and all provided examples another 300 MB (the latter can be downloaded after installation).

  • Graphics card: To visualize large datasets, a recent graphics cards with OpenGL 2.x is required (NVidia® Quadro FX, Geforce 8xxx, ATI®/AMD Radeon HD 2000 or later). For a smooth workflow, we recommend 1GB dedicated graphics memory. Note that CityEngine works well with gaming- as well as CAD-cards.

  • Network adapter with internet connection.

How much RAM does CityEngine typically need?

CityEngine requires approx. 1GB free memory for startup. A small 3D scene with a few hundred low-resolution buildings requires 0.5 to 1GB RAM in addition (also depending on the graphics card memory). In case your operating system uses another 1GB RAM, you therefore need at least 2-3GB in total.

Therefore, we recommend to use a 64-bit operating system with 6GB RAM. With such a system you can work with larger 3D scenes and having other applications running in the background without problems.

 

Does CityEngine have native 64-bit support on all operating systems?

Yes, CityEngine is a native 64-bit application.

Therefore, if needed, CityEngine could make use of all your memory (and not just 2-3GB as in 32-bit applications).

 

What are the requirements for my Linux distribution?

CityEngine runs on all major Linux Distributions in case the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • >= glibc6 / version 2.6

  • 2.2.1 of the GTK+ widget toolkit and associated libraries (GLib, Pango)

How can I fix the error "My computer has OpenGL1.x"?

Please make sure your graphics card is OpenGL 2.x capable and the drivers are also up to date to run the OpenGL 2.x standard. If your graphics card is not capable of OpenGL 2.x, you will have to buy a new graphics card to run the CityEngine.

 

Where can I download the latest OpenGL drivers?

OpenGL drivers are usually installed together with the rest of the graphics driver and support software (such as DirectX). Therefore, download the latest drivers from NVidia®, ATI®/AMD, or Intel for your specific graphics card on the manufacturer's homepage. Most often, it is downloadable as a simple installer file.

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