Igor Pro 6.3 System Requirements

Igor Pro 6.3 requires Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.



For those people upgrading from previous versions of Igor, here is the recommended upgrading procedure:

  1. Backup your own Igor Pro files, and any WaveMetrics-supplied files that you have modified. Put them someplace where you won't accidentally overwrite them, such as burned onto a CD-R.
  2. Uninstall your old Igor. If you have problems with this step, see the documentation in uninstallAll3x4x5x6xIgorKeys.txt.
  3. Install Igor Pro 6.3.

We recommend that you do not modify any WaveMetrics-supplied procedure files, as your modifications will be lost when you update Igor.

We also recommend you read the "What's New In Igor Pro 6.1" and "What's Changed Since Igor 6.10" help files.

Igor License Activation

When Igor Pro 6 is first launched, it prompts you for your serial number and activation key.

These are printed on a sticker attached to the IGOR Pro CD or in an email you received from WaveMetrics.

NOTE: The activation key for Igor Pro 6.3 is the same as for 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2, but differs from Igor Pro 5 and earlier.

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 6.3 onto a Network Server

Your administrator can install Igor Pro onto a file server, and activate a license for all users by launching Igor and entering the serial number and activation key with the "Install for All Users" checkbox checked. After clicking "Activate Entered License", choose the "Server license installation for local and remote users" radio button and click "Install License". This would be appropriate if a multi-user license was purchased.

Your administrator can "silently" install Igor from a batch file or other command line-based utility by running the setupIgor63.exe installer with the -s option. By placing an edited copy of the Settings.ini file found in the Silent Igor Installation folder (inside the Miscellaneous folder or on the installation CD-ROM), the administrator can install and activate a licensed copy of Igor. See the content of the Settings.ini file for documentation.

If the administrator installs Igor but does not enter a serial number and license activation key, you can enter them yourself, though the license will not be shared by other users; other users will run Igor in 30-day evaluation mode. This is appropriate if you are the only user of Igor but only your administrator is allowed to install programs.

After Installing Igor

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" in the Getting Started manual. It will get you off on the right foot and will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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

Also, check out the Igor Help Browser; it's in the Help menu.

See "What's Changed Since 6.10.ihf" for a description of changes in the current and previous Igor 6 updates.

We recommend that users upgrading from Igor 5 see the "What's New In Igor Pro 6" help file; it explains the changes and additions from Igor Pro 5 to 6.

Igor and QuickTime

If you have Apple Computer's QuickTime installed, Igor can import more kinds of image files, such as JPEG and GIF. You can download the free QuickTime software here. Igor works best with the full version of QuickTime (not the minimal installation). Neither iTunes nor QuickTime Pro (the paid version) is required.

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

Demonstration versions of the Igor Filter Design Laboratory and NIDAQ Tools are installed into the "Product Demos" folder on your hard drive. They may be removed without affecting Igor's operation.

For other product demos, visit http://www.wavemetrics.com/support/demos.htm.

Activating More Extensions

Extensions in the "More Extensions" folder are not available in Igor until you activate them.

For example, to activate the MultiPeakFit.xop extension:

  • Choose "Show Igor Pro Folder" from Igor's Help menu to locate the Igor installation folder.
  • Right-click the "More Extensions\Curve Fitting\MultiPeakFit.xop" file and choose "Copy".
  • Choose "Show Igor Pro User Files" from Igor's Help menu to locate your personal (and guaranteed writable) Igor configuration folders.
  • Right-click inside the "Igor Extensions" folder and choose "Paste Shortcut".
  • Restart Igor Pro.
  • To see documentation and instructions for using the extension, double-click the file "More Extensions\Curve Fitting\MultiPeakFit Help.ihf".

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

  • Copy the MultiPeakFit Help.ihf file and paste a shortcut into the "Igor Help Files" folder inside the Igor Pro 6 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 6.3" 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:


    Visit us on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.wavemetrics.com/

    Igor Exchange

    A user-to-user support and collaboration web site that is sponsored by WaveMetrics. Its main features are a forum and places where programmers can upload complete projects or "code snippets" and users can download them.

    Igor Mailing List

    The Igor mailing list provides a way for hundreds of Igor users to help one another and share solutions and ideas. WaveMetrics also posts information on the latest Igor developments. For instructions on subscribing, unsubscribing and posting to the list, see: http://www.wavemetrics.com/support/mlist.htm


    There FTP sites containing Igor-related files:

    Main FTP Site

    Main FTP Site: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.net

    Mirror Site: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.com/mirror/

    Mirror Site Alternate URL: ftp://ftp.wavemetrics.com/pub/mirror/


    We welcome feedback at any time and we do take it seriously.

    Our email addresses are sales@wavemetrics.com and support@wavemetrics.com.