Installing Mission Planner

Mission Planner is free, open source software available for Windows. These instructions will guide you through installing Mission Planner on your ground station computer.

Download the most recent Mission Planner installer file

Download the latest Mission Planner installer from here.

Run the installation utility

Open the Microsoft installer file (.msi) and select Run to run the installation utility.


Follow the instructions to complete the setup process. The installation utility will automatically install any necessary software drivers. If you receive a DirectX installation error, please update your DirectX plug-in from the DirectX Download Center.

If you receive the warning pictured here, select Install this driver software anyway to continue.


Mission Planner is normally installed in the C:\Program Files (x86)\APM Planner folder or the C:\Program Files\APM Planner folder. That is where your log files folder is located.

An icon to open the Mission Planner is created according to your instructions during the installation.

Open Mission Planner

Once installation is complete, open Mission Planner by clicking on its system icon.

Then you can either:

Updating Mission Planner

Mission Planner automatically notifies you about available updates (when it is connected to the Internet).

Please always run the most current version of Mission Planner.