Download Orbiter 2016

Orbiter core package download

Pick a download mirror and get the Orbiter 2016 core package, either as an MSI installer for guided installation, or ZIP archive for manual installation. Follow the installation instructions.

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After installing the core package (and making sure that it runs without problems on your computer), you can add optional features such as high resolution planetary textures or essential 3rd party addons.

Requirements

To run Orbiter, you need a Windows PC with at least 4GB of memory. The basic installation requires about 3 GB of space on the hard disk, but additional texture packs can take up significantly more space. A fast graphics card is recommended. Orbiter can be controlled via the keyboard, but a joystick is useful for atmospheric flight.

Terms of use

Orbiter is free for noncommericial and educational use - but donations are always welcome. Please make sure to read the Terms of Use before downloading the software. For commercial applications, please contact the author.

Optional high-resolution texture download

After installing the core package (and ensuring that it runs without problems on your computer), you can install high-resolution replacements of the default textures for some of the planets and moons. This will improve the visual appearance in many situations, but requires more computing power and a lot of hard disk space.

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Please note that the planetary texture packs have been processed and assembled for exclusive use in Orbiter Space Flight Simulator. For queries about other uses please contact the author of Orbiter.

Extensions and addons

In addition to the basic installation, you can download 3rd-party addons that enhance the Orbiter experience. The list below contains some of the most essential addon sites and repositories. More can be found on the Links page.

Jarmonik's D3D9 graphics client Graphics: A state-of-the-art replacement for Orbiter's built-in graphics engine. More impressive graphics features and better performance.
Dan's Orbiter page: Sound and more Sound: Dansteph's addons include the essential OrbiterSound and DeltaGliderIV packages. Don't run Orbiter without them!
Orbit Hangar Mods addon repository Addons: The main repository for community-produced Orbiter addons. Everything from spacecraft, instrumentation, celestial bodies and bases to scripts and tutorials.

Orbiter beta snapshots

To follow the current Orbiter beta developments, check out the latest snapshot from the SVN repository. Installation instructions.

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