Igor Pro 8 System Requirements

Igor Pro 8 is supported on Windows 7 or later.

Igor 32-bit vs. 64-bit Applications

After installing Igor 8, both a 32-bit application (Igor.exe) and a 64-bit application (Igor64.exe) will be available for use. The 64-bit application will allow Igor to use more system memory, which means you can create, open, and manipulate larger data sets. It is also slightly faster than the 32-bit application. We recommend that you use the 64-bit application (Igor64.exe) if possible. On Windows, the 64-bit application is located within the Igor Pro 8 Folder\IgorBinaries_x64 directory. The 32-bit application is located within the Igor Pro 8 Folder\IgorBinaries_Win32 directory.

The primary reason to use the 32-bit application is if you need to use Igor extensions (XOPs) that are 32-bit extensions. Almost all XOPs that ship with Igor have both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (see Activating More Extensions for details). Third-party Windows XOPs may have 64-bit versions available if they were created relatively recently.

Igor License Activation

When Igor Pro 8 is first launched, it prompts you for your serial number and activation key.

These are provided in an email you received from WaveMetrics.

If you do not enter the serial number and activation key, Igor runs in fully-functional 30-day evaluation mode. After 30 days Igor will no longer save experiments, procedures, data, or graphics until you enter a valid serial number and activation key.

You can enter a license activation key at a later time by selecting "License..." from the "Help" menu.

Installing Igor Pro 8 onto a Network Server

Your administrator can install Igor Pro onto a file server for a single user or activate a multi-user license for all users, depending on the type of license that was purchased.

Single-user Server Installation

If you purchased a single-user License, but only your administrator can install programs on your computer, ask the administrator to only install Igor Pro using the installer (and not enter any license information).

After the administrator installs Igor, you can enter the serial number and activation key yourself, and the license will not be shared by other users; other users can run Igor in 30-day evaluation mode.

Multi-user Local License

To activate a multi-user license for all local users of the computer Igor is installed on, the administrator should follow these steps:

  1. Install Igor Pro by running setupIgor8.exe.
  2. Right-click the installed Igor.exe or Igor64.exe and choose "Run as administrator".
  3. Select "License..." from Igor’s "Help" menu.
  4. Enter the serial number and activation key.
  5. Check the "Install for All Users" checkbox. (This checkbox is hidden when Igor is not running with administrative privileges.)
  6. Click the "Activate Entered License" button to display the License Installation dialog.
  7. Choose the "For all local users of this computer" radio button.
  8. Click "Install License".

Multi-user Server License

To activate a multi-user "server license" for all local and remote users, including users running Igor over a network connection, the administrator should follow the same steps as for Multi-user Local License, except:

Batch-file Silent Installation

Your administrator can also "silently" install Igor from a batch file or other command line-based utility by running the setupIgor8.exe installer with the /q option.

By placing an edited copy of the Settings.txt file found in the Silent Igor Installation folder (inside the Miscellaneous folder), the administrator can install and activate a licensed copy of Igor. See the content of the Settings.txt file for documentation.

After Installing Igor Pro

You may wish to enable additional Igor extensions. See Activating More Extensions for details.

Getting Started with Igor Pro

We strongly recommend that you take the "Guided Tour of Igor". This is an essential introduction to Igor. It is available in the Getting Started volume of the PDF manual (choose Help→Manual) and in the online help (choose Help→Getting Started).

To get a feel for what Igor Pro can do, double-click some of the files in the "Examples" folder.

You'll find Igor’s comprehensive online help system where you expect it: in the Help menu.

We recommend that users upgrading from Igor 7 see the "What's New In Igor Pro 8?" help file.

Online Manual

This version of Igor Pro includes the full Igor Pro manual set as PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format) files copied to your hard disk during installation. They may be accessed from the Help menu by choosing "Manual".

To use the PDF manual you will need Adobe Reader 6.0 or later, available from Adobe's web site here.

Demos from WaveMetrics

Demo versions of other WaveMetrics software are available from www.wavemetrics.com/support/demos.htm

Activating More Extensions

Extensions in the "More Extensions" and "More Extensions (64-bit)" folders are not available in Igor Pro until you activate them.

If you use the 64-bit version of Igor Pro, you must activate 64-bit extensions (found in the "More Extensions (64-bit)" folder). If you use the 32-bit version of Igor Pro, you must activate 32-bit extensions (found in the "More Extensions" folder). If you use both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Igor, you must activate both versions of each extension you use.

To activate the HDF5 extension, for example:

  1. Choose "Show Igor Pro Folder" from Igor's Help menu to locate the Igor installation folder.
    • (32-bit only) Right-click the "More Extensions\File Loaders\HDF5.xop" file and choose "Copy".
    • (64-bit only) Right-click the "More Extensions (64-bit)\File Loaders\HDF5-64.xop" file and choose "Copy".
  2. Choose "Show Igor Pro User Files" from Igor's Help menu to locate your personal (and guaranteed writable) Igor configuration folders.
    • (32-bit only) Right-click inside the "Igor Extensions" folder and choose "Paste Shortcut".
    • (64-bit only) Right-click inside the "Igor Extensions (64-bit)" folder and choose "Paste Shortcut".
  3. Restart Igor Pro.

To see documentation and instructions for using the HDF5XOP, you would normally double-click the "More Extensions\File Loaders\HDF5 Help.ihf" file.

If you want to have the associated help file always available in the Windows menu:

  1. Copy the HDF5 Help.ihf file and paste a shortcut into the "Igor Help Files" folder inside the Igor Pro 8 User Files folder.

Igor Programming Tips

New and experienced Igor programmers should check out:

Electronic Registration

You can register your copy of Igor by selecting "License..." from the "Help" menu and clicking the "Register Igor Online" button.

Updating Igor to the Latest Version

Choose "Updates for Igor Pro..." from the Help menu to query the WaveMetrics web site for available updates.

Getting Igor News

There are several ways to keep up with the latest Igor news and get the latest tech notes and what-not:


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Igor Exchange

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Igor Mailing List

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