Today, we are proud to announce that we have deployed a new and easier procedure for finding and installing Windows binaries and we plan to make it even easier going forward.
None of the current maintainers of Graphviz are experienced Windows users and the process of finding and installing Windows binaries has been very complicated for a long time . In this article we provide detailed instructions for how to download and install Graphviz for Windows 10 for both advanced users and users with less experience. The instructions will probably be incorporated into the official documentation in some form or another at a later stage.
Please help us improve the new installation procedure and the instructions in this article by providing feedback as comments below. Most important is of course if something is wrong or missing, but even if it just works without any problems for you, this is good information for us and for other users. Please state which operating system and which web browser you use and also which versions they have if you know how to find out.
We are particularly interested to know if this is working well also for Windows versions other than Windows 10 and if and how the procedure differs.
If you find a bug or want to suggest an enhancement to the software, please report it as a GitLab issue.
Below are three sections that are intended for users with different levels of experience. The first two are the same procedure and will give you the exact same result, but differs in how much guidance they provide. Chose the first if you have no prior experience with installing software on Windows and the second if you feel comfortable with this and want a quick and easy installation procedure. Chose the third if you are an advanced user and want to be able select between all the options.
Installation instructions with detailed guidance (recommended for users without installation experience)
These instructions provides screenshots for every step in the installation process, but does not show all available options. If you don’t need this guidance, you can jump to the abbreviated section for quicker installation. If you need more options, jump to the advanced section.
The screenshots are from a Windows 10 installation. If you are using another Windows version they may look slightly different. If you are having problems or find significant differences, please ask questions and provide feedback as comments below.
Select if you want to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Graphviz.
- We recommend you to install the 64-bit version unless you have a 32-bit computer.
- If you don’t know and your computer isn’t very old, it’s probably a 64-bit computer and we recommend you to try the 64-bit version and as a fallback if this doesn’t work, instead install the 32-bit version which should always work.
- Check this article if you want to learn how to determine which kind of computer you have.
Visit the download location
If you get a question whether to run or save the file, choose Run, otherwise save it and then run it by clicking or double-clicking on it.
Click More info if you see this dialog:
Click Run anyway if you see this dialog:
Click Yes if you see this dialog:
Click Next > in this dialog:
Click I agree in this dialog:
Add Graphviz to the system PATH for current userin this dialog:
Click Next > in the dialog above.
Click Next > in this dialog:
Click Install in this dialog:
When the installation is finished; Click Finish in this dialog:
Restart any applications or Command prompts where you want to use Graphviz.
Congratulations! You have now successfully installed Graphviz.
Try restarting your computer if you still have problems running Graphviz.
Abbreviated installation instructions (recommended for users with installation experience)
These instructions do not show every detailed step and do not show all available options. If you find them hard to follow, jump to the detailed guidance section. If you want more options, jump to the advanced section.
- Visit the download location
- Download and run the 32-bit or 64-bit exe file.
- Ignore any security warnings you might get.
- During the installation, make sure you select
Add Graphviz top the system PATH for current user.
- When the installation is finished, start CMD as an administrator
- Restart any applications or Command prompts where you want to use Graphviz.
Try restarting your computer if you still have problems starting Graphviz.
Installation instructions for custom installations (recommended for advanced users)
If you find these instructions hard to follow, jump to the detailed guidance section.
Graphviz binaries for all operating systems are available at:
Selecting what to download
CMake or MSBuild
We have two different build variants:
- CMake (recommended for most users). Offers 32-bit and 64-bit release builds and comes with a GUI installer.
MSBuild (for advanced users requiring a debug build). Offers 32-bit debug and release builds and is provided as a
32-bit or 64-bit
32-bit downloads are available both for
MSBuild, while 64-bit downloads are available only for CMake.
Release or Debug
Release builds are available both for
Debug builds are available only for
MSBuild and only for 32-bit
Just run the installer as an administrator. We recommend you select Add Graphviz top the system PATH for current user during the installation to avoid having to do this manually.
.zip archive to a location of your choice and add that location followed by
\Graphviz\Bin to the
PATH environment variable.
Direct links to all possible Windows downloads
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on Uninstall a program
- Click on the Graphviz version you want to uninstall
- Click on Uninstall/Change
- Click on Yes
- Click on Uninstall
- When the uninstallation is complete, click on Close
These issues are already known to us and will be addressed as soon as we are able: