Installation Requirements

FRED is distributed for installation on:

  • MacOS

  • Linux systems

Note

For Windows users, we recommend installing Ubuntu for Windows. Instructions are available at https://ubuntu.com/wsl. Additional software dependencies can then be installed within the Ubuntu environment using the Linux examples in the installation documentation.

Users on other systems may run FRED within a Docker container. Instructions for installing Docker can be found at https://docs.docker.com/get-docker/.

Hardware Requirements

minimum

The FRED simulation engine is very lightweight. The minimum requirements to install and run the engine are:

  • local storage: 1 GB

  • physical memory: 8 GB

Software Dependencies

The FRED simulation engine has no additional software dependencies; however, FRED is distributed with a built in visualization tool. This optional tool requires:

  • gnuplot: This common graphing utility is described at http://www.gnuplot.info. We recommend that users install this using their preferred package manager, e.g. apt-get on Linux or Homebrew & MacPorts on MacOS systems.

A set of FRED tutorials are available. Downloading these tools requires:

On the command line, users can check to see if these utilities are available. Running the which command should return a valid path on your system, e.g.

$ which gnuplot
/opt/local/bin/gnuplot

$ which git
/opt/local/bin/git

If these utilities are not available, an error should be echoed, e.g. gnuplot not found.