Installation

How to install or uninstall Synfire

Upgrading From an Earlier Version

Always make a full backup of your system before you install an update. You should do that at least daily anyway. At the very least, backup your current Synfire projects and other saved files.

Important: Don't uninstall a previous version of Synfire before you install an newer updated version. During installation, all important settings will be migrated and preserved. De-installation is only needed when you might need to revert to an earlier version.

iLok License Manager

Before you install or update Synfire, always download and install also the most recent version of iLok License Manager from the PACE website ilok.com. Synfirewill not run without it, even if no specific license is required for a demo or other utility.

Apple macOS

  1. Download the most current version of Synfire from your user account at the Cognitone website. Your web browser will place the downloaded archive in your Downloads folder.

  2. Right-click on the package named Synfire Pro.mpkg (or similar) and select Open.

    You will see a warning that the developer can't be verified, which however is merely because the package needed to be compiled on our servers prior to download and, thanks to Apple's lack of support for other operating systems, could not be signed properly on a Linux system. You can safely dismiss the warning, provided you obtained the download directly from our website.

  3. The macOS system installer will install the Audio Engine and all associated system components and documents and open another SETUP application that will guide you through the steps of installing Synfire itself.

  4. When SETUP has finished, you will find the Synfire program in your Applications folder.

  5. Please keep your original download files in a safe place. This will allow you to reinstall your current version of Synfire at any time.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Login to Windows with an administrator account. Administrator rights are required to install Synfire. Otherwise Synfire will not be able to install or update required system components.

  2. Download the most current version of Synfire from your user account at the Cognitone website. Your web browser will place the downloaded archive in your Downloads folder.

  3. Extract the ZIP archive completely before you proceed. This is a required step. Launching SETUP.exe from inside the ZIP archive is not supported.

  4. Please regard the file README.rtf, if available. It contains the most current installation instructions.

  5. Launch the program SETUP.exe found among the downloaded files. If at some point you need to reinstall the Audio Engine, you can also do so by running Cognitone Audio Engine.msi. Installing Synfire however does not work this way.

  6. The Windows system installer will install the Audio Engine and all associated system components and documents and open another SETUP application that will guide you through the steps of installing Synfire itself.

  7. When SETUP has finished, you will find a shortcut to the Synfire program on your desktop.

  8. Please keep your original download files in a safe place. This will allow you to reinstall your current version of Synfire at any time.

Uninstalling On Apple macOS

Apple does not provide a standard uninstall procedure. Instead, run the Automator script Uninstall Synfire Pro (or similar) that came with the original download. You will be asked for your login password, so the script can obtain administrator rights in order to be able to remove the system components associated with Synfire.

Uninstalling On Microsoft Windows

Synfire can be removed from the Windows System Control Panel in the Apps section. Alternatively, you will also find an Uninstaller in the Windows Start menu right under Cognitone. Administrator rights are required to uninstall Synfire.