System Requirements and File Compatibility

File Compatibility

FCS Express can read listmode (FCS) data files from all manufacturers. FCS Express currently supports FCS Version 1 to FCS Version 3.1. FCS Express can read data files that were acquired on a Macintosh or any other operating system. Simply transfer the files to the computer on which you are running FCS Express (either via the network, cloud storage, flash drive, CD or any other method) and FCS Express will be able to load the data.

In addition to being able to load the raw listmode data from any instrument, FCS Express can also import the analysis/acquisition settings (gates, plots, markers, quadrants etc) from the BD FACSDiva™ and the BD Accuri C6™ flow cytometers.

To learn more, expand a section below to learn the requirements for each component.

System Requirements

  • Windows: FCS Express 7 can run on Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10/Windows 11.
    • 32-bit FCS Express will run in a 32-bit or 64-bit environment.
    • 64-bit FCS Express will run in a 64-bit environment.
    • Why choose 64-bit over 32-bit?
      • Computers running 64-bit applications generally have more resources, such as power or memory, that are available to them, compared to their 32-bit counterparts.
      • If you are analyzing large data files, or large datasets, and your computer is running a 64-bit operating system, a 64-bit application is suggested.
  • Mac:
    • If using FCS Express 7:
      • macOS 13 (Ventura) is not yet fully verified for support with FCS Express 7. Please check back for updates on support verification.
        • Note, to run FCS Express 7 on macOS 13, please ensure "Stage Manager" is turned off. Check back for updates on Stage Manager compatibility.
      • ARM-based Macs (M1 Apple Silicon) are supported with FCS Express 7.10.0007 and later when used with macOS 11.6 or higher.
      • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) through macOS 11.x (Big Sur) is supported.
      • macOS 12.2.1 (Monterey) is supported with FCS Express versions 7.12.0005, 7.12.0007, and higher.
      • If using macOS Monterey 12.3. and more recent Monterey releases, FCS Express 7 v7.12.0009 or higher is compatible.
      • Updates can be downloaded from here.
    • macOS is not compatible with our Network license.
    • If using FCS Express 6, macOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) through macOS 10.14 (Mojave) is supported.
    • FCS Express 5 or less may be run in a Windows virtual machine environment on a Mac, using software such as Parallels, VMWare Fusion or Boot Camp.

PowerPoint and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation

FACSDiva is a trademark of Beckton Dickinson Corporation

Support

Have Questions? Get Help.

Manual and Tutorials

Learn more with the FCS Express Manual

Video Resources

On demand video content