Setting up a PSCAD Beta Edition Trial

If you have been issued a trial of the PSCAD Beta edition, the software may be set up as follows:

The PSCAD Beta edition should not be used for commercial work, as it is not a stable, official version. The Beta edition is used for testing new features and bug fixes, and is frequently modified. For more information on the Beta edition, please refer to our End User License Agreement.

  • Ensure the system requirements are met (posted in article).
  • Download the attached instructional manual, Detailed Setup Instructions - PSCAD.
  • If you do not already have a MyCentre user account, register one as per Sections 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5.
  • If you were provided a join code to join the licensing to your MyCentre account, apply the join code as per Section 2.6.
  • Install the PSCAD 5.0 Dev software and GFortran 4.6.2 using MyUpdater, per Section 2.7.2.


Some corporate networks block MyUpdater activities. If you encounter any MyUpdater login or installation issues, try performing this installation on a different network (e.g. at home). Or, notify our Support Desk ( for assistance.

  • Launch "PSCAD 5.0 Dev" per Section 2.8.2. Your software should automatically be licensed and ready to run.
  • A help menu, currently under development, is available in the application:

Notes about the PSCAD Beta Edition

1.    Compatibility with Earlier Versions

Projects saved in the PSCAD Beta product are not directly backwards compatible with v4.6, as the project files (*.pscx and *.pslx) are in a slightly different format. You must first save your Beta project to v4.6 format (select “Save As... v4.6” in the Beta).

Furthermore, there are new features and concepts in the Beta that do not exist in v4.6, such as the Jumbo size canvas and complex signals (there are more). Once you use such a feature in the Beta, your project can no longer be migrated back to v4.6.

2.    Using the Blackbox Feature

The blackbox component produced by the Beta product is compatible only with the latest v4.6 patch: v4.6.3. It can potentially be used with v4.6.2 or lesser, but manual changes to the script must be performed first. See below.

To avoid problems, please follow these steps once you have set up the Beta Edition trial:

1. In PSCAD v4.6, create a brand new case project.

2. Copy Transfer the module component(s), which you intend to blackbox, and Paste Transfer into the new case project.

3. Load the new case project (containing your module component(s)) into the PSCAD Beta.

4. In the PSCAD Beta, set your desired blackboxing parameters in the Application Options | Blackboxing dialog (i.e. compiler, etc.).

5. Blackbox the top module and place the new component instance on the schematic (make sure there are no build errors).

6. Save the project as v4.6:  Click the PSCAD tab in the ribbon, select Save -> Save Project as Previous Version (v4.6).

7. Load the project into v4.6.

8. Test it out by replacing the original module in the original project with the blackboxed component. Make sure you link any related files to the project.