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McIDAS-X for Win7 Fastrack Version 2015.2
Software and Instructions

This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version 2015.2 on a Windows 7 workstation. If you are installing it on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation, go to the Unix instructions.

Before installing McIDAS-X 2015.2 review the pages below for the changes included in the release, including suggested and required actions for users and programmers.

McIDAS-X 2015.2 is a fully supported Fastrack release. This means that the software is fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on all of the supported workstation configurations. Full system testing will occur at least once on each platform during each calendar year. If you elect to install 2015.2, we ask that you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2015.2.

Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2015.2 from a version earlier than 2014.1, you must first read and perform any required actions in the release documents for each of the versions you skipped so you know about their major changes and any required actions in the interim. For example, if you are upgrading from version 2012.2 to 2015.2, you must first read and perform any required actions in the release documents for versions 2013.1, 2014.1 and 2015.1. See the past versions page for links to those and other materials from past versions.


To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2015.2, complete the following steps.

  1. Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following files to the ~mcidas directory on your McIDAS-X for Win7 workstation.
    Note: The installation will fail if the names of the downloaded files do not exactly match those listed below. If your web browser changes the names of the files during download (e.g., mcidas2015.2_win7.tar.gz becomes mcidas2015.2_win7_tar.gz), you must rename the files to those below before installing.
    File name Size Description
    mcidas2015.2_win7.sh 20 KB install/uninstall script
    mcidas2015.2_win7.tar.gz 199 MB compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 646 MB
    mcidas.mcenv 8 KB environment variables used by McIDAS-X
    mcidas.profile 4 KB template for creating a .profile file in user accounts that don't have a pre-existing .profile
  2. To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2015.2 on your workstation, complete the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS User's Guide.