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Software Minimum System Requirements

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The following are the minimum system requirements in order to run the Silhouette Studio® software:

  • Operating System: PC (Windows 8.1 and higher) OR Mac (OS X 10.10 and higher). Chromebook is currently not supported.
  • Internet connection: Strongly recommended for updates and access to the Silhouette Design Store. Required to activate a license key for upgrade.
  • RAM: 4 GB of RAM
  • Processor: 2 GHz (or faster) processor speed
  • Memory: 2 GB hard disk space 
  • USB Port: USB 1.1 Port (or higher)

Microsoft officially ended support for their Windows XP (as of April 8, 2014) and Windows Vista operating systems (as of April 11, 2017). The software offered from our company may or may not operate successfully on a computer running these operating systems. 

We can relay that our Legacy Version 3.6.057 is stable on a Windows Vista operating system. To download this software, please visit and use the Legacy Version(s) drop down menu to locate 3.6.057. You will want to click Windows under the Link column. 

Please note that the Silhouette Cameo® 3 and Portrait 2 machines will require version 3.8 or higher to connect.

We also offer an older legacy version of the software which has been found to be more stable on Windows XP and lower specification PC/Mac computers. To install this version, please use the link below for your Operating System:




Please note that only the Silhouette Cameo® 1, Portrait 1, or older models will connect properly to this version. Any newer models will require a more current version of the software.

Silhouette Connect is a plug-in designed to operate inside of the Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW software. The plug-in requires the following:

Operating System: PC (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10) OR Mac (OS X 10.7 and higher). Chromebook is currently not supported.

Any other requirements to run the Silhouette Connect plug-in will match any minimum system requirements of the compatible Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW version in use.

For a list of compatible versions, please visit

The following are the minimum system requirements in order to run the Silhouette 3D software:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 and higher or Mac OS 10.8 and higher
  • Internet connection: Strongly recommended for updates and download of purchased designs
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Quad core at 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4GB of free space
  • Graphics: Any that supports OpenGL 1.2 (Any GPU since 2010)
  • Network: Any network controller (Wi-Fi or Ethernet)

These are the minimum requirements. Greater specifications are recommended to improve software performance.

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