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X-Plane is the world's most comprehensive, powerful flight simulator, and has the most realistic flight model available for personal computers.

Welcome to the world of props, jets, single- and multi-engine airplanes, as well as gliders, helicopters and VTOLs such as the V-22 Osprey and AV8-B Harrier.

X-Plane comes with subsonic and supersonic flight dynamics, sporting aircraft from the Bell 206 Jet-Ranger helicopter and Cessna 172 light plane to the supersonic SR-71 and Space Shuttle. X-Plane comes with 35 aircraft spanning the aviation industry (and history), and several thousand more are freely downloadable from more...

What's New

Version 10.25r1:
  • Datarefs can be used to kill attached objects on aircraft - for performance-tuning advanced aircraft.
  • BUG FIX: fixed crash when disabling plugins like XSquawkBox when AI planes are enabled.
  • Tweaked urban terrain textures
  • Updated LOD settings for urban terrain textures and autogen.
  • Restored library.txt to KSEA to fix compatibility with YSSY scenery. more...


OS X 10.5 or later

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Cgc Member IconReview+511

So much potential but it should come with the ability to work out of the box with various control sticks. I have a Saitek stick and have to manually configure everything...to the point where I don't want to fly with X-Plane. MSFS worked out of the box with my stick so I'll stay with them even though it's an inferior flight sim.

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Version 10.21

It didn't take too long to configure X-Plane 10 Demo to work with the Saitek stick I have. This flight sim is so much better than FS2004 and FSX it's not even funny. It runs like a champ on my 2006 1,1 MacPro with (flashed) ATI 5770 GPU. Wish there were a DL option for the entire set but I'll be buying via mail order shortly.

Talatharb Member IconReview+57

It is incredible how the software developers manage to implement or even re-implement new bugs in very new version, be it beta or so-called stable.
This demo installer after heaving installed everything eats 37 % CPU on a i7 2.6GHZ doing nothing! Programming an installer is not so difficult as a flight sim...
so: tons of features, pretty much worthless for serious flying with all these annoying bugs

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Version 10.20

Is there an alternative, though? I am willing to accept some trouble when it comes to software as complicated as this.

Picarda Member IconReview+10

Oh c'mon it's 2k12 give me a break with PPC Architecture.

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Version 10.04 Beta 1

Version 10 doesn't run in PPC anything, MU hasn't updated that part of their listing.


The listing has been updated to remove support for PPC architecture.


How many Macs have DirectX 9 though ("DirectX 9 compatible video card required")?

Umaromc Member IconComment+722

Graphic Card support:


X-Plane 10 requires, at the *minimum*,

a 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
2 GB of RAM, and
a DirectX 9-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM). See link for compatibility and graphics cards.

However, *for the best experience*, we recommend the following:

a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors),
4 GB of RAM, and
a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM.

X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.

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Version 10.03b1

Also, it costs $79.99, not $59.99


...also will NOT run on PPC architecture...


Yet my GPU (nVidia 8800GT) which has 512MB of onboard memory plays at 10fps.

Senojsitruc Member IconReview+0

Does X-Plane 10 still require the DVD to play? Can I install it on my laptop and then not have to lug the DVD with me everywhere I go?

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Version 10.0

I made an .iso of the disk and mount it before I start the game. DVD stays on the shelf.

Cgc Member IconReview+511

Was hoping X-Plane 10 would be released soon as the demo videos look fantastic. Unfortunately, the downloadable demo plays at such a low frame rate at the lowest settings on my MacPro (plenty of memory and an nVidia 8800GT GPU) that it's not playable. I'm curious what setup they used to play it when they made the videos. I hope the coming updates fix the slow frame rates.

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Version 10.0

By the screen shots alone I wouldn't expect an 8800 to display this simulator in any smooth fashion.


You can put a Radeon 5770 in your Mac Pro


I would expect it to run 20-30fps at minimum settings. As it is it runs as a slideshow at min settings...


Works fine on my original Mac Pro with the ATI Radeon 5870.

Jimw Member IconComment+455

Laminar Research is now taking orders for x-plane 10. The full version costs $79.00 plus shipping. the demo cost nothing. The link is for x-plane 9. The official release date seems to be Dec 7, but you might get a pleasant surprise if you order now from Laminar Research.

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Version 10.0
ChaseLaguna Member IconReview+2

I love X-Plane. Natural feel and very extensible.

This should be labeled as a "Beta" as the X-Plane Updater only shows up to v9.62. In order for it to download 9.64, the "betas" box must be checked.

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Version 9.64
Talatharb Member IconComment+57

There is one Flightsim for the Mac, XP, so this is the best one. Flightgear has potential but still some way to go. hopefully they keep it up.

That said, xplane is a piece of crap. there was never a stable version, and there probably never will be one. this is the authors 14th attempt to deliver something without introducing silly new bugs over and over again. Maybe he's gone completely bananas, who knows. But for sure he has no knowledge of software development, quality management and customer care. sadly enough.

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Version 9.4rc14



i dont think its crap. Because lots of professionals use it and even military use the special version (cost much more, has features to use real cockpit).
They simple add lots of things users wanted and that also add bugs = normal !


"They simple add lots of things users wanted and that also add bugs = normal ! "


"Because lots of professionals use it and even military use the special version "

So in your opinion bugs and professional use correlate. aha!

And no, I am not trolling. Nor am I a naive Faboy




Just because someone has a negative opinion doesn't make him a troll. Why have a rating/comment system at all if all you expect to read are positives? This seems like fair comment to me.


Funny, whenever someone rates an application negatively they get accused of being a troll and get lots of unhappy smilies. I think XPlane is very good but I also think it's got a lot of quirks and isn't nearly as refined as it could be. For XPlane 10 I'd love to see the developer focus on refining the game, the controls, and the GUI.

For now, I'll stick with MS Flight Sim but I really want to like XPlane.




That said, xplane is a piece of crap. there was never a stable version, and there probably never will be one.

end quote.

"fair comment", huh.


You may want to check out this one:


It works on Mac or XP...

Jamus Member IconReview+260

Best. Flight sim. Ever.

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Version 9.4rc5
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Version 10.25r1
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Version 10.20
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Version Downloads 5,659
Type Games / Simulation
License Updater
Date 24 Nov 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $69.99
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