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Getting Started Installation
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Latest SysCAD Version: 25 February 2021 - SysCAD 9.3 Build 138.28098

Related Links: Features, Applications, SysCAD Structure, Downloading SysCAD Software and Updates


SysCAD is a powerful and versatile plant simulator that can be used to simulate the simplest processing circuit through to complex full plant operations.

Downloading SysCAD Software / Update

When a new client joins the SysCAD community, they are provided with TWO websites: Button Small 1.png to Download SysCAD and Button Small 2.png to Exchange Files with the SysCAD team.

These website are:

Please take note that these two websites have DIFFERENT Username & Password.
Button Small 1.png SysCAD Download Website:
This is the SysCAD website, the "SysCAD User" area is designated for:
  1. Downloading SysCAD installation software, updates to SysCAD program files, example projects and other documentation such as supplementary tutorial files and so on.
  2. Users will also be able to download the client add-ons to which they are entitled.
  3. Please see Downloading SysCAD Software and Updates for more information
  4. Each client account has one main "admin user", the "admin user", can add or remove users in their group.
Button Small 2.png File Sharing site:
This site is set up for file sharing purposes between users and the SysCAD team.
  1. Each user has their unique username & password. The SysCAD team needs to invite each user to the basecamp site.
  2. This website is OPTIONAL, some clients may not be able to access this website due to country/company internet policy.
  3. For information on how to upload/download shared files, please see File Transfers (Basecamp)

SysCAD Software Installation

Administrator or Local Administrator rights are usually required to install SysCAD and are required to install the SysCAD Crypkey licensing service software.

The steps to follow for a new installation:

  1. To install SysCAD run "SysCAD 9.x Install Build13X.yyyyy.exe" from the downloaded files.
  2. Follow the on screen instructions, usually accepting the default options.
  3. As part of the setup process, SysCAD will install the Crypkey Service required for licensing.
  4. Installation Complete.

A start up icon for SysCAD will be installed on your desktop and Start menu.

For more information please refer to SysCAD Installation Instructions.


To start SysCAD, double click on the SysCAD icon. SysCADIcon.png

If a short cut has not been created,

For SysCAD 9.3 Build138 - the SysCAD93.exe file can be found in the \SysCAD138\bin folder
For SysCAD 9.3 Build137 - the SysCAD93.exe file can be found in the \SysCAD137\bin folder
For SysCAD 9.3 Build136 - the SysCAD93.exe file can be found in the \SysCAD93\bin folder

Multiple copies of SysCAD can be started on the same computer with a single stand-alone license; however, each instance of SysCAD can load one project only. With a multi-user network license, each copy of SysCAD started will use one of the available licenses.


Without a valid SysCAD License, SysCAD will operate in Demo mode with restricted functionality. You can only build small projects and you will not be able to load most projects.

Requesting a Software License

  • If you are an existing SysCAD user with existing SysCAD license, but would like to request for a training license, please see this topic first: Training Preparation
  • If you have downloaded trial version of SysCAD, and would like to request for a trial license, please see this topic: Trial User
  • If you are a new SysCAD user with no existing SysCAD license, to obtain a short-term software SysCAD license:
  1. With SysCAD started in demo mode, <menu command> “License\License Authorisation”
    License Authorisation.png
  2. You will be shown a dialog box with a Site Code.
  3. If using Build139 or later, please press the EmailSiteCodebutton.png Button Small 3.png button to auto-generate an mail (may depend on email setup and IT permissions) and send it to SysCAD license.
    If using Build138 or earlier, or if EmailSiteCodebutton.png fails, please press the LicenseCopytoClipboardbutton.png Button Small 3.png button and paste the information into an email, send this to [email protected].
    Sample information given below:
    SysCAD Version:SysCAD 9.3 Build:139.28242
    CrypKey Version:8.0 NGN Build:8058
    Current License:Not Licensed
    License Info:Demo Mode
    License Location: C:\SysCAD139\License\
  4. The SysCAD License Team will email back a Site Key. Once the site key is obtained, paste it in the license authorisation dialog box and press “Validate”Button Small 4.png.
  5. When this is completed successfully, the SysCAD license files are stored in the license location folder.
  6. Please note that each site code is unique, the corresponding site key is good for single use only. The site code will change when a license is issued (and again when a license expires).


The main SysCAD program is SysCAD93.exe file; usually installed in the \SysCADXXX\bin folder (for example \SysCAD138\bin for SysCAD 9.3 Build 138). For more information on files see SysCAD Files.

SysCAD also uses other reference files, such as pgm control files, reaction files and archive files which are edited using a text editor. The user may use any text editor to edit these files, but we do recommend using Notepad++ for pgm and archive files and our Reaction Editor for reaction files.

Please see Using Notepad++ for more information on installing and setting up this text editor.

Please see Reaction Editor for more information on the Reaction Editor.

Opening and solving a SysCAD Project

Opening an Existing Project

To open an existing project, use menu command Project | Open Project.

Creating a New Project

  • To create a new project group and project, use menu command Project | New Project Group.
For a short video demonstrating how to create a new project group + project
  • To create a new project using existing project groups, use menu command Project | New Project.
For a short video demonstrating how to create a new project

Building a New Project

  1. The Basic Tutorial documents have step-by-step information on how to build, configure and solve a SysCAD project;
  2. The SysCAD Modelling Guideline and Check List has general recommendation for how to create a sound SysCAD project;

Please refer to these documents for more help.


SysCAD cannot be shutdown if it is busy solving.

To Shutdown SysCAD:

  1. Stop the Project Solve or project Run if required. To do so, under Actions Commands, select Stop.
  2. Choose Exit under the Project menu
    • Before exiting, SysCAD will prompt you to save the current project or cancel the request. If the project is marked as Read Only, you can save any changes using the Save as command.

See Project Command Summary.