System Requirements for OpticStudio On-Premise

The following information applies to perpetual versions of OpticStudio that are installed locally (on-premise).

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012 Service Pack 2 or R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • 64-bit Windows operating system required

Mac OS, Linux, and Virtual Machines

Although OpticStudio is intended to run on the Windows platforms listed above, you can run OpticStudio on Linux, Unix, and BSD based operating systems like Mac OS by using a virtual machine with a Windows environment. More information can be found in the KB article How to Run OpticStudio on an Intel-based Mac Computer.

Note that all operating systems are supported for OpticStudio Cloud. Please see more information about requirements for the cloud edition, below.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Graphics card that supports DirectX11 minimum
  • Disk drive with 2.2GB space free for the initial download and installation.
  • Minimum display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Internet and email access for program installation, program updates, and technical support
  • Adobe® Reader for program documentation
  • Network licensed Zemax requires TCP/IP network
  • Multi-core processors with a minimum of 2GB system memory per core recommended for optimal performance
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel or equivalent trackpad

Optimum Hardware Specifications

OpticStudio is very efficient and will run on hardware that meets minimum specifications, but it is also a big number-crunching application, capable of handling extremely large problems. Bigger and better hardware will trace rays faster, though there are sensible choices you can make to spend your budget wisely. Please see the following articles for more information and examples.

.NET framework

OpticStudio requires the latest .NET framework. The installer will download and install any necessary Windows components for you automatically. 

System Requirements for OpticStudio Cloud

Cloud licenses run OpticStudio from a browser, and so the only system requirement is an HTML5-capable browser (like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE11) and an internet connection. There are no hardware requirements. Zemax provides dedicated servers to host OpticStudio, and it is delivered to your browser as an optimized video stream. Each server running OpticStudio Cloud has 16 GB of RAM, a 4 Core CPU, a solid-state drive, and a dedicated NVIDIA GPU.