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Downloading & Installing LightBurn

Downloading LightBurn

The first step is to go to

At the top, click "Download and Trial" (or click here)

You'll see links for the current release of LightBurn. Download the version that matches your computer.

  • Windows 64-bit - nearly all modern computers are 64 bit
  • Windows 32-bit - some older systems might need this
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux 64-bit

When you've completed the download, you should see the file in your "Downloads" folder. On Windows and Mac you can just double-click the downloaded file.

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 (Ubuntu 20.04 or Fedora 36, anything else may not work as intended). Ubuntu users unable to upgrade beyond Ubuntu 18.04 should download version 1.2.01 instead of the current version.

LightBurn does not require a powerful computer for most work, though if your designs contain a lot of images, more memory is helpful. As with most things, 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

Installing LightBurn on Mac is accomplished the same way as most Mac software. After downloading the DMG file, open the file (typically by double-clicking) and drag LightBurn into your Applications folder. As long as you have version 1.2.00 or later, LightBurn should be ready to use. If you're using an older version, please see the information below for an additional step you'll need to take.

Mac Installation Screenshot

Versions before 1.2.00 were not notarized to be recognized by your computer as coming from a trusted developer. If you installed an older version, you'll need to follow the steps below to allow your computer to run the software:

Notarization Failure Screenshot

macOS Notarization Bypass Guide (fixing the 'unable to check it for malicious software' warning)

To Install the LightBurn application:

  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

When launching LightBurn for the first time:

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

Video Walkthrough

Linux Installation


In step 1 below, $USER doesn't need to be replaced with your username. It's a standard system variable, and if entered exactly as shown below will automatically refer to the logged-in user's username.

  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