The IDL Virtual Machine
IDL Virtual Machine Description
The IDL Virtual Machine (IDL VM) is a runtime version of IDL that can execute IDL '.sav' files without an IDL license. It runs on all IDL-supported platforms and does not require a license to run.
Note that the IDL Virtual Machine requires installation of the full development version of IDL; however, an IDL license is not required to run the Virtual Machine. If you are attempting to run a '.sav' file application using the IDL Virtual Machine and you receive a licensing error message or are entered into Demonstration Mode, it is likely that you have inadvertently opened the full development version of IDL.
Why should I use the IDL Virtual Machine?
The IDL Virtual Machine is designed to provide IDL users with a simple, no-cost method for distributing IDL applications. It runs on all IDL-supported platforms, and does not require a license to run. This utility allows you to easily distribute IDL SAVE files to your colleagues or your customers, without requiring them to own an IDL runtime license.
Is the IDL Virtual Machine free to use?
The IDL Virtual Machine is free to use and does not require a license to run. However, it is required to register for an account on the L3Harris Geospatial website in order to download and install. Please note that you must include all contact information in order to complete the verification process, and any information that is not included in your registration may delay verification or ultimately deny access to the download.
Use of the IDL Virtual Machine requires that you install the full development version of IDL. While access to the development version requires a license, the IDL Virtual Machine portion of the software can be accessed without a license. You will be prompted to license the application after installation is complete, however as this is not required for use of the Virtual Machine you will want to cancel/exit from the dialog and see Help Article 4633 for assistance with Starting a Virtual Machine Application.
For assistance with purchasing a license for the development version of IDL, contact your account manager.
How do I develop IDL Virtual Machine applications?
In order to develop IDL Virtual Machine applications, you must first have access to the development version of IDL. For assistance with purchasing the development version of IDL, contact your account manager.
The L3Harris Geospatial documentation center contains many helpful items with both creating and distributing IDL Virtual Machine Applications, as well as all IDL installations contain IDL Help that will include assistance with this process. For references on our documentation center, please see the following associated items:
If you have any questions or problems during this process, please post to our community forums.
How do I download the IDL Virtual Machine?
Due to export control policies, download and installation of IDL (and subsequently the IDL Virtual Machine) requires that you complete the registration and verification process via the L3Harris Geospatial website. In order to create an account, please navigate to "www.l3harrisgeospatial.com" and click on 'My Account' in the top right-hand corner of your screen. From here, you should see an option to register for an account. Please be sure to fill out the information accurately and completely to ensure that your record passes successfully through the automated verification process. Please note that registration does not immediately provide access to the Download and Licensing Center.
Step 1: REGISTER: Complete and submit the registration form.
Step 2: VERIFY: Verification instructions for your account will be sent to the email address associated with your registration. Please note that you will be able to login to the L3Harris Geospatial website during this time to access other parts of the website, however you will not be able to download products.
Step 3: APPROVAL: Complete your account verification by following instructions delivered via email. Once this step is complete, your user account will be approved by L3Harris within 24 hours.
Step 4: REQUEST: Request the IDL VM download from Technical Support. Once you have registered for your account and received verification, you can request access to the Download and Licensing Center through Technical Support or your local distributor.
Be sure to specify which of the supported versions of IDL you require, otherwise an entitlement for the current version will be provided. Also, please take note of the supported platforms for each version.
How do I become a verified user?
After the registration process has completed, verification instructions for your account will be sent to the email address associated with your registration. This step can take up to 24 hours to be completed and your account verified by L3Harris. Please note, you will be able to log into the L3Harris Geospatial website during this time, however you will not be able to download products.
If it has been more than 24 hours since registration and you are still receiving a message mentioning that you are not a verified user, please contact L3Harris Technical Support for assistance.
Is there an IDL Virtual Machine specific download?
At this time, there is no separate download for the IDL Virtual Machine. To download and install the full version of IDL which includes the IDL Virtual Machine please see "How do I download the IDL Virtual Machine" above.
We are looking at options for providing Virtual Machine specific distributions, however we do not currently have a time table for when or if this will be available in the future.
I am receiving an error when opening the IDL Virtual Machine, what do I do?
If you are receiving an IDL license manager error, more than likely you are attempting to open the development version of IDL, which does require a license to be purchased in order to run. If you are interested in obtaining a license for IDL, contact your account manager. For assistance with opening the IDL Virtual Machine after installation, see Help Article 4633.
If you are receiving an error in regards to the execution of your application, consult the provider of your application (.sav file).
How do I open an IDL .sav file with the IDL Virtual Machine?
For assistance with opening an IDL Virtual Machine application, please see Help Article 4633.
Reviewed 4/9/15 JD, KK
Updated to point to DLC 8/25/2021