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4.1 Quick installation walk-through

If you want to install OpenCBM as fast as possible, but you are not interested in the details, just use the instructions from this section and ignore the rest of this chapter unless you encounter any problems.

If you are more interested for a clean installation, skip this section and read the rest of this chapter.

Linux installation with pre-built packages

Before trying to build OpenCBM on your own, you can have a look if it is supported by the pre-built packages at

At the time of this writing, there are DEB packages available for Debian 8, 9, 10 (which should also install on Ubutu), as well as Raspbian 9 and 10. Furthermore, RPM based openSUSE package are available, too.

These packages are rebuilt as soon as there are changes to the OpenCBM sources. If you use these packages, you do not need to manually compile and install OpenCBM.

In order to run OpenCBM, you need the package: opencbm-XXX, with XXX being one of xa1541, xu1541 or xum1541. It will install the necessary packages, too.

If you want to mix multiple variants (e.g., you have an xum1541 and an xu1541 device), then you can install both of them (opencbm-xum1541 and opencbm-xu1541). Note that the first device that is installed is the default.

Additionally, there is also a nibtools package available (it is called opencbm-nibtools on RPM based distributions).

Linux installation walk-through

Perform the following steps to install OpenCBM on your Linux machine:

Mac OS X installation walk-through

Please check the instructions at available on the blog of Christian Vogelgsang, who actually ported OpenCBM to the Mac. His site should be your primary source for instructions.

Windows installation walk-through

You need the Windows binaries from in order to install OpenCBM.

USB driver installation

For Windows, you have to install the USB drivers first if you want to use the ZoomFloppy, XUM1541 or XU1541 devices.

Previous versions of OpenCBM demanded you to install the USB drivers first. You had to fiddle around with the driver signature enforcement in order to get this done, or you had to use an external tool (zadig.exe) to install the USB driver.

This release of OpenCBM included the necessary parts in order to install the USB drivers without manual intervention. When you install the tools (cf. below), you are asked if you want to install the USB drivers.

If you have had any previous versions of OpenCBM installed, you should answer with YES so your drivers will get updated!

Note that this will *not* work for Windows 2000. For this, a separate driver installation package will be provided in the near future, if there is some demand. Just ask me for it.

OpenCBM tool installation

In order to install OpenCBM, proceed as follows:

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