X-Plane
X-Plane
11.50

3.7

X-Plane free download for Mac
07 May 2020

Ultra-realistic flight simulator (release candidate).

Overview

X-Plane is one of the world's most comprehensive, powerful flight simulators, and has the most realistic flight model available for personal computers. It 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 the internet.

  • X-Plane scenery is world-wide, with scenery for the entire planet Earth between 74 degrees north to 60 degrees south latitude. We also have MARS scenery! (thanks to the Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter, which mapped that planet's elevation). On Earth, you can land at any of over 33,000 airports, as well as test your mettle on aircraft carriers, helipads on building tops, frigates that pitch and roll in the waves, and oil rigs.
  • Weather is variable from clear skies and high visibility to thunderstorms with controllable wind, wind shear, turbulence, and microbursts! Rain, snow and clouds are available for an instrument flying challenge, and thermals are available for the gliders! Real weather conditions can be downloaded from the internet, allowing you to fly in the actual weather that currently exists at the location of flight!
  • X-Plane also has detailed failure-modeling, with multitudes of systems that can be failed manually or randomly, when you least expect it! You can fail instruments, engines, flight controls, landing gear, or dozens of other systems at any moment.
  • While X-Plane is the world's most comprehensive flight sim, your purchase also comes with Plane-Maker (to create your own airplanes) Airfoil-Maker (allowing users to create airfoil performance profiles), and Weather Briefer (to get a weather briefing before the flight if you use real weather conditions downloaded from the internet).
  • X-Plane is also extremely customizable, allowing you to easily create textures, sounds, and instrument panels for your own airplanes that you design or the planes that come with the sim.
  • X-Plane's accuracy (in flight model), scope (in aircraft and terrain coverage), versatility (in aircraft type and weather conditions), add-on programs (in aircraft and scenery editors), customizability, downloadable aircraft, and downloadable scenery makes it the ultimate flight simulation experience for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.
  • Be sure to turn on the beta option in the installer before you run it to get the beta!
  • The demo contains a limited scenery area to keep the download size reasonable. It will run for 10 minutes before it begins to ignore the user's input, at which point the simulator must be restarted to fly more.

What's new in X-Plane

Version 11.50:

Full release notes are available here

Features and improvements
  • Can toggle between OpenGL and Vulkan/Metal in rendering settings.
New and updated global aiports
  • Total airports (2-D or 3-D scenery) in the 11.50 release: 36,437
  • Total airports with 3-D scenery in the 11.50 release: 13,403
  • Airports with 3-D scenery introduced since the 11.40 release: 1,742
  • 1,742 airports had either no scenery or 2-D-only scenery in 11.40, but have 3-D scenery in 11.50
  • 498 a irports introduced in 11.50(:
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Jimw
31 March 2017
Version: 10.51r2

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X-Plane 11 was released today. The price of X-Plane10 has been reduced.
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Jimw
31 March 2017
Version: 10.51r2
X-Plane 11 was released today. The price of X-Plane10 has been reduced.
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3.5
Cgc
28 September 2013
Version: 10.21
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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0.5
Talaatharb
10 February 2013
Version: 10.20
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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Picarda
27 January 2012
Version: 10.04 Beta 1
Oh c'mon it's 2k12 give me a break with PPC Architecture.
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umaromc
05 December 2011
Version: 10.03b1
Graphic Card support: http://wiki.x-plane.com/X-Plane_10_Graphics_Card_Support http://www.x-plane.com/x-plane-10-system-requirements/ 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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Senojsitruc
30 November 2011
Version: 10.0
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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Cgc
28 November 2011
Version: 10.0
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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Jimw
27 November 2011
Version: 10.0
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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ChaseLaguna
09 January 2011
Version: 9.64
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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Talaatharb
12 October 2009
Version: 9.4rc14
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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3.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later

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