How to Download and Install NI Multisim

Updated May 28, 2024



  • Multisim

Operating System

  • Windows

This is a step-by-step guide on downloading and installing Multisim (both Educational and Professional Editions). It also works as a reference for the download of an evaluation period as the installer is the same. 

Get the Multisim installer
  1. Visit the download page of Multisim: Download Multisim.  
  2. Choose the version and edition desired.
  3. Click the download button and the download of the software will begin. 

  1. The ni-cds-educational_xx_online_repackx.exe file will be downloaded for the Education Edition. For Multisim Professional Edition, you will find a file named ni-cds-professional_xx_online.exe. This is an application that manages the download process. 

Begin the download and the installation

  1. Go to the .exe file that was downloaded and launch it. To do this, double-click on it.
  2. Accept the pop-out window. Then, NI Package Installer will launch. 
  3. A new window will show up with the NI License Agreement, proceed and accept it, then click Next.

  1. In case your computer has Windows Fast Startup enabled, proceed to Disable Windows Fast Startup. 

  1. Follow the instructions of the NI Package Installer, you will see the installation progress bar. 
  2. Once the installation is complete, reboot the computer. 
  3. The installation of Multisim is now complete, you can proceed and activate the product with the different methods available. Visit Activate NI Software Products to find a guide for activation. 


You can now launch Multisim by double-clicking the shortcut or from the start menu under Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Circuit Design Suite xx.x.