MicroView Installation Instructions

This section explains how to install MicroView on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.

First, MicroView should be downloaded here. Take care to download a binary appropriate for your computer’s operating system.

Windows Instructions

  • Double-click the downloaded MicroView installer program, then follow the prompts. Selecting the default options, whenever prompted, is recommended.
  • Open and review the MicroView release notes here to learn more about recent changes to MicroView.

Mac OS X Instructions


  • Please note that the user installing MicroView on the Mac OS X system must have administrator privileges.
  • MicroView for Mac OS X will only work with Mac OS X 10.3 or greater. It will not work with Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier.
  • MicroView for Mac OS X requires the Apple X11 package to be installed in order to operate.
  • Double-click on the file downloaded Mac image to mount it. Wait for the image to mount, and the Finder to open with the contents of the disk image.
  • Double-click on the file MicroView.mpkg. The Installer should open and prompt you to begin the installation process.
  • Accept the default settings provided by Installer and wait for the installation process to complete.
  • Close all Finder windows. Unmount the disk image by selecting it and either using the menu option, or by pressing Command-E.
  • MicroView.app can be found under the Applications folder on the computer (not in the user’s home directory).
  • See the section below to learn how to request a license for the commercially licensed plugins in MicroView.
  • Open and review the MicroView release notes here to learn more about recent changes to MicroView.

Linux Instructions

The Linux distribution of MicroView supports both standard 32-bit x86 PC architectures as well as 64-bit x86_64 machines. A separate installer is required for each platform. Both installations place binaries, by default, in the /opt/GEHC directory. Currently, there is no graphical installer, so MicroView must be installed from the command line. MicroView requires root access for installation in the default directory, or adequate permissions to write to the selected non-default installation directory.

To install the Linux version of MicroView:

  • Assuming the x86 installer has been downloaded to /tmp, uncompress and untar the archive by typing:

    tar xfvvj /tmp/MicroView-Linux-*.tar.bz2
  • Next, run the installer:

    sh /tmp/MicroView-Linux-/x86/install.sh
  • Follow the instructions provided by the installation script.

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