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LightBurn Lesson #1 – Installation For Gcode Users

Featuring the one and only Anthony Bolgar

LightBurn Lesson #1 – Installation for Gcode machines

DUE TO THE STEADY ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHTBURN THIS INFORMATION MAY BE OUTDATED. You can get help on the official support forum: forum.lightburnsoftware.com

Step 1 – Download Lightburn

So you have decided to give LightBurn a try. The first thing you need to do is download a copy of the version that is appropriate for your computer.

There are four versions to choose from:

Most modern windows computers are 64bit, so start with that one. If you get an error on trying to install it, then download the 32bit version. All Mac computers use the Mac OSX version and Linux is only available in a 64bit version.

Windows Installation

Launch the installer executable
Windows may ask if you trust the software, as LightBurn is not currently digitally signed
Select if you would like to create a desktop icon
Click Install
Click Finish
That’s it! Locate the LightBurn icon to launch the program

Mac/OSX Installation
Download the Mac/OSX version
Double-click the .zip file to extract the DMG (disk-image) file
Double-click the LightBurn.dmg file to mount it
Drag the LightBurn application into your applications folder
Launch LightBurn from the launcher as normal
You can now eject the DMG file (drag it to the trash bin)
Linux Installation
Open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo
adduser $USER dialout && sudo adduser $USER tty

IMPORTANT! Log out and log back in (this refreshes the permissions we just added)
Download the Linux 64-bit version
Extract the folder wherever you want Lightburn to exist
Double click AppRun inside your Lightburn folder
Step 2 – Setting Up a Gcode Device

There are quite a few choices to choose from when you are setting up your device on LightBurn. This can be very intimidating to a first time user.

Your choices are:

  • Smoothie
  • Marlin
  • Grbl-M3
  • Grbl-LPC
  • Grbl
  • Gerbil
  • Gistroy
  • Fabkit
  • Due
  • C3D-Grbl
  • C3D-Smoothie

You need to choose the one that is correct for your machine. If you are not sure, reach out on the Facebook LightBurn Support page, and someone will help you pick the right one.

Once you have chosen the correct machine type, you will need to choose how to connect to your machine, which as of right now, the only choice is USB

Then you decide what to call that machine, the size of the work area.

The final step is to tell LightBurn where your origin is, and if you want it to home on startup.

And now you are ready to start using Lightburn!

DUE TO THE STEADY ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF LIGHTBURN THIS INFORMATION MAY BE OUTDATED. You can get help on the official support forum: forum.lightburnsoftware.com

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