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Requirements and Notes

  • This installation guide is for Windows 10/11 only.
  • You must have the appropriate administrative permissions on your personal machine to install software.
  • You must be either on campus connected to the UCCS network or connected via VPN in order to download, license, and use the ModelSim software. Please confirm you are connected to the UCCS network prior to attempting any troubleshooting. 
  • EAS IT and OIT will not provide assistance troubleshooting or installing ModelSim on a personal machine in any capacity. You are responsible for any issues that may arise during or after the installation.


ModelSim is a multi-language environment by Siemens for simulation of hardware description languages such as VHDL, Verilog and SystemC, and includes a built-in C debugger. The UCCS college of engineering provides on network licensing for this software to all ECE students who wish to install it on a personal machine.

Download ModelSim

Step 1: In File Explorer, paste \\eas-data\Public\Software\Public\ModelSim into the search bar

You should see the ModelSim installer in the folder.

Step 2: Copy "modelsim-win64-10.6-se.exe" to a location on your local machine

Right-click, copy, paste to downloads folder. The transfer could take some time depending on your internet speeds.

Installing ModelSim

Step 1: Double-click "modelsim-win64-10.6-se.exe" and choose "yes" if you get a UAC pop-up

Step 2: Click "next" on the installer and select your desired install location

We recommend leaving the install location at the default "C:\modeltech64_10.6"


Click next and "Yes" to create the installation directory.

Step 3: Agree to the license agreement and wait for the installation to finish

Step 4: Cleanup tasks

Choose whether or not you want a shortcut added to your desktop.


Choose "No" to install hardware security key driver. We will get our license from a network license server.

Licensing ModelSim

Step 1: Open the system environment variables

Using the windows search tool, search for "edit the system environment variables" and hit enter


In the new window, click "Environment Variables..."

Step 2: Create a new environment variable with the license server information

Click "New..." under the system variables section


ModelSim should now be installed! If you've successfully complete the steps above you should be able to open the ModelSim software and see the screen below


1: Unable to get a license

If you receive this error message, you're either unable to reach the license server or your environment variable is missing/setup incorrectly.