05-09-2012 10:47 AM
1 . Greetings to the National Instruments message forum website facility .
2 . I am an Electronics and Communication engineer graduate in the 2011 batch .
3 . I have Ubuntu 12.04 and recently installed Wine to support the MultiSim executable installation facility . After download of the required files from the ' .exe ' executable , a message window ( Wine configuration ) on the screen shows an error saying ' Bad format ' .
4 . Therefore I would like to get guidance from the Application Engineers for the MultiSim installation on Ubuntu 12.04 .
5 . This help guideline was recommended by Mahmoud Wahby, M.Sc | Product Marketing Engineer - National Instruments Toronto .
05-09-2012 03:28 PM
It is not possible to install Multisim on Ubuntu. Multisim is a Windows application and thus does not have the capability to be run on another operating system. The supported Windows operating systems as mentioned in the release notes are listed below:
"To run NI Circuit Design Suite 12.0, your OS must be one of:
• Windows XP 32-bit edition.
• Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit edition.
• Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit edition.
• Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit) or 2008 R2 (64-bit) edition.
Note Circuit Design Suite 12.0 does not support Windows NT/Me/98/95/2000,
Windows XP x64, or the Windows Server non-R2 editions."
If there is a way that you can have a Windows virtual machine on Ubuntu with one of the supported Windows versions, you should be able to install Multisim on that.
Hope this helps.
05-10-2012 10:21 AM
It is not possible even with Wine because it is a Windows application. It needs the windows environment to run. It uses several Windows functions to run and thus you need to use Windows.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
01-11-2013 11:28 PM
Do any Multisim versions run on Ubuntu?
I'm really only using thise program for a night class. Once it's over, I'm never using an NI product again. I use Matlab and Scilab to control instruments. This NI stuff is too big of a pain.
01-14-2013 08:20 AM
As mentioned in the posts before, Multisim is a Windows application so unfortunately, you will not be able to use it on Ubuntu.
01-25-2013 08:18 AM
Install Virtual Box? WOW! Why didn't I think of that? Gee, probably because then I'll have to get a copy of Windows, all so I can use an NI program I'll only use for the duration of my current class. Then I'll be stuck with an MS product which will then require anti-virus software, be loaded with security holes, and function much slower than my Linus OS.
Why anyone uses Multisim is beyond me. There are many alternatives which are free, export netlists for PCB layout, and use industry standard parts not available in Multisim. The inability to use this on a Linux platform just makes it that much more repulsive as a product.
01-25-2013 08:58 AM - edited 01-25-2013 09:00 AM
Sorry about pointing out the obvious for you.
I should have know about your deep knowledge of Linux and I should have seen what you choose as a username.
but now that I looked better, I was not replying to you but to the original post
03-31-2015 12:10 PM
I found this thread whilst searching to see if Multisim was available as a download for Linux. I understand that it isn't, but +1 for interest in it!