Getting Logisim

Logisim should run on any platform supporting Java, version 5 or later.

  1. Logisim requires Java 5 or later. If you do not already have it on your computer, Java is available from

  2. Download Logisim from Logisim's page. You will three choices of which release to download.
    • A .jar file - runs on any platform, though not necessarily conveniently.
    • A MacOS .tar.gz file
    • A Windows .exe file
    If you use MacOS or Windows, I would recommend using the release specific to your platform.

  3. To execute the program:
    • With the generic .jar file: On Windows and MacOS systems, you will likely be able to start Logisim by double-clicking the JAR file. If that doesn't work, or if you use Linux or Solaris, you can type ``java -jar logisim-XX.jar'' at the command line.

    • With the MacOS X version: Once the downloaded .tar.gz version is uncompressed (this will likely happen automatically), just double-click the Logisim icon to start. You may want to place the icon into the Applications folder.

    • With the Windows version: Just double-click the Logisim icon. You may want to create a shortcut on the desktop and/or in the Start menu to make starting Logisim easier.

If you find Logisim useful, please send me a comment!

Copyright and authorship

Copyright (c) 2005, Carl Burch.

Logisim is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Logisim is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.