Supported Platforms

The executables supplied with the 2019 release, are supported on the following platforms and operating systems:

  • Windows - Intel compatible, 32-bit executables (compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows) for:
    • Windows 7 and 10
  • Linux - Intel compatible, 64-bit:
    • RedHat Enterprise 6 and 7
    • CentOS 6 and 7
    • Ubuntu 16
      Note: As we add support for newer versions of Linux, support for older versions may have to be withdrawn.
  •  Mac Intel compatible 64-bit executables for:
    • macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14

If you choose to use a version other than those listed above we cannot guarantee that components of the CSD-System will work correctly, although we will attempt to assist you with any problems you may encounter.​

As detailed with the 2018 CSDS Update 3 release, 32-bit linux executables are no longer available. With this and all future releases all linux executables will be 64-bit only and will not be compatible with 32-bit linux operating systems.

We also anticipate that the 2020 CSD System release will remove official support for 32-bit Windows systems. Note that this withdrawal of support does not necessarily mean that our future software releases will not work on 32-bit Windows operating systems, but that we cannot guarantee they will be able to do so from the 2020 release onwards. At this point some or all of the CSD System software will start to require a 64-bit Windows operating system. If this will cause insurmountable difficulties, please contact us at to discuss possible solutions.

Note that some programs that comprise the CSD software may not be available on all of the operating systems listed above. This includes:

  • DASH 3.4.1 (Windows only)
  • CSD-CrossMiner is only available as a 64-bit application on all platforms (including Windows)


System Requirements

In addition to the requirement of one of the supported platforms detailed above, the CSD-System software suites also have the following hardware requirements:


  • Disk Space:
    • CSD-System software and data, 17 GB (3 GB software, 14 GB data).
    • CSD-CrossMiner software and data, 6 GB (300 MB software, 5.7 GB data)
  • Minimum recommended RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics card and drivers that support OpenGL version 2 (see this support database entry for more details)


The above supported platforms and system requirements, taken together, form the minimum recommended specification for any system that is planned to be used for a CSD-System software install.


Recommended Specification for Improved Performance

The CSD-System software suite is varied in terms of the types of action each software component will perform. There are thus several areas of a computer system where improved specification of a particular hardware component will improve performance of the CSD-System software:


  • CPU: Improves any aspect of the software that is carrying out calculations, for example a GOLD docking
  • Disk Access Speed: The greatest performance increase will be seen in any aspect of the software that requires access to large data files, such as ConQuest database searches
  • RAM: Increased RAM over 8 GB will help when either looking at large datasets or large complex structures, or else when using multiple CSD-System programs at the same time
  • GPU: A dedicated modern GPU graphics card, such as those available from NVidia or AMD, will improve performance when visualising large complex structures or large packing diagrams



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