Software & drivers

Software & drivers

FlowVision software

Alicat’s command and control FlowVision software for flow and pressure control provides intuitive interfaces for getting the most out of your device when connected to a computer. Visit our FlowVision software page to learn more and download the latest FlowVision 2.0™ software.

LabVIEW .vi drivers and stand-alone interface

Visit our LabVIEW page to download virtual instrument (.vi) drivers and stand-alone interfaces based on the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine.

Configuration files for industrial protocols

Visit our communications protocols page to view available downloads for DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, and PROFIBUS industrial protocols.

Serial tools and USB drivers

Find downloads for serial tools and USB drivers in the tabs below.

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USB drivers for BB3/BB9, & FP-25 USB conversion cables

Alicat instruments and conversion cables that communicate with your computer via USB create a virtual COM port on your computer through the USB drivers linked below. If your computer does not automatically locate the USB driver, you can download the appropriate version below.

Windows USB Driver  USB driver for Microsoft Windows (setup executable)

Legacy BB9-USB Driver  Device driver for legacy BB9-USB only

To find the number for your new virtual COM port, open the Device Manager after you have connected your instrument and turned it on. The virtual COM port should be called “USB Serial Port (COM#)” and appear under the “Ports (COM & LPT)” category, as shown below.

Windows Device Manager, showing the virtual COM port created by the USB driver

Windows Device Manager, showing the virtual COM port created by the USB driver

Serial tools for using serial commands with your instrument and troubleshooting serial connections

*Note: Alicat devices work best over serial connections when the following settings are used:

  • Baud: 19200 (default; others can be used if the computer, its software and the Alicat device are set for the same rate)
  • Data bits: 8
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Parity: none
  • Flow control: none

Alicat Serial Terminal

Use this simple Serial Terminal application for command line access to your instruments. This allows you to query your instruments, command new setpoints and read and write to the device registers. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

Serial Terminal App Zip file (~200 KB)

PuTTY Serial Terminal configuration

Read our Knowledge Base article to learn how to configure PuTTY for use with Alicat instruments.

Alicat Serial Address Dump

The Serial Address Dump application allows you to log the register configurations for any Alicat device. You can use this to record current settings before performing a major change or to compare current values to the initial values an instrument had when it was shipped from our factory. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

Serial Address Dump App Zip file (3 KB)

COM Port Troubleshooter

Are you having problems communicating with your Alicat devices? Not sure which port your controller is connected to? Our COM Port Troubleshooter application will help you verify that your device is working properly. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

COM Port Troubleshooter App Zip file (3.2 KB)