CityEngine 2013 system requirements

Supported operating systems

Supported operating system

Minimum version

Maximum version

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) (64 bit), Intel only

Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) (64 bit), Intel only

Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Home Premium (64 bit (EM64T))

Windows 8 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise (64 bit [EM64T])

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])

Windows Server 2012 Standard, and Datacenter (64 bit [EM64T])

SP1

Hardware requirements

CPU speed

2 GHz dual-core CPU minimum (at least Pentium 4-compatible Intel/AMD)

Memory/RAM

2 GB minimum*

Disk space

500 MB minimum of free disk space

Video/Graphics adapter

NVIDIA: GeForce 6xxx / Quadro minimum NVIDIA graphics card

ATI: Radeon X1600 minimum ATI graphics card

Networking hardware

A network adapter is required

Software requirements and recommendations

  • Java (TM) JDK 1.6.0_65 minimum.
  • NVIDIA or ATI graphics card with latest drivers. (NVIDIA 8xxx cards minimum and NVIDIA driver series 197xx are recommended.)
  • Autodesk FBX plug-ins 2009.3 or newer for DCC tools such as 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 plug-ins (from sourceforge.net/projects/colladamaya).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What Operating Systems are supported with CityEngine 2013?

*How much RAM does CityEngine typically need?

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

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

Where can I download the latest OpenGL drivers?

Does CityEngine run on virtual machines?

What Operating Systems are supported with CityEngine 2013?

A native 64-bit version of CityEngine is available for Windows (8.1/8/7), Mac OS X (10.8/10.7).

CityEngine is not supported on 32-bit Windows operating systems or PowerPC Macs.

How much RAM does CityEngine typically need?

CityEngine requires approximately 1 GB free memory for startup. Additionally, a small 3D scene with a few hundred low-resolution buildings requires 0.5 to 1 GB RAM (depending on the graphics card memory). In case your operating system uses another 1 GB RAM, a minimum of 2-3 GB of RAM is required.

*A 64-bit operating system with 6 GB RAM is recommended. This would allow work with larger 3D scenes while running other applications in the background without difficulty.

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

CityEngine is a native 64-bit application and if needed, CityEngine can make use of all available system memory.

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

Make sure your graphics card is OpenGL 2.x minimum capable and that your drivers are up-to-date to run the OpenGL 2.x standard. If your graphics card is not OpenGL 2.x capable, you will need to buy a new graphics card to run CityEngine.

Where can I download the latest OpenGL drivers?

OpenGL drivers are usually installed together with the rest of the graphics drivers and support software (such as DirectX), but may be out of date. It is highly recommended to download the latest drivers from NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, or Intel. Your specific graphics card's latest drivers may be found on the manufacturer's home page.

Does CityEngine run on virtual machines?

No, since the graphics card’s OpenGL rendering cannot be emulated, CityEngine requires physical hardware.