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PCAN-Explorer 5

Comprehensive CAN Monitor for Windows®


PCAN-Explorer version 5 is no longer available.

Please use PCAN-Explorer 6 instead. If you have any questions about switching from version 5 to 6, do not hesitate to contact us: .

PCAN-Explorer is a universal tool for monitoring data traffic on a CAN network. For easy and clear allocation of the individual messages, these can be identified as so-called symbols. The integrated VBScript support allows the creation of macros to automate complex tasks. The integrated data logger means that the data traffic of a bus can be recorded, analyzed, and stored. PCAN-Explorer is designed as automation server and can therefore be remote controlled through scripts.

PCAN-Explorer 5 Licenses:

Single Computer License - With this license you get an installation CD and a license file. With that you can install, unlock, and use the software on a single computer exclusively.

Portable License + USB Copy Protection Dongle - With this type of license, you get an USB copy protection dongle for each purchased license in addition to the installation CD. You can install PCAN-Explorer 5 on several computers. In order to unlock and use the software, you must plug the copy protection dongle into a free USB port.

PCAN Explorer 5 Training:

We offer a training session for the PCAN-Explorer, which includes an introduction to the main features of the software, the work with the PCAN-Symbol Editor, and a demonstration of the add-ins. For further information, please have a look at the web page Trainings.

  • All files and elements can be managed and saved in projects
  • Project components such as CAN connections, symbol files, and macros are clearly displayed and laid out in the project browser
  • The new start page allows fast access to the most recently opened projects or files
  • Simultaneous connections with up to 16 networks/CAN interfaces of the same hardware type
  • Connection window with an overview of all connections, complete with status, error counters, bus load, etc.
  • All parameters of all elements in the user interface can be examined using a property window and edited if necessary
  • Multiple flexible filters can be configured and, for example, assigned to the transmit/receive window or the various different tracers
  • Complies with CAN specifications 2.0 A/B
  • Tabs to switch between the different windows
  • Flexible arrangement of the user interface using the dockable windows
  • User-defined column display and arrangement in transmit/receive window
  • J1939 support with the relevant add-in
  • Display of received messages showing the ID, length, data bytes, number of messages received, and receiving interval
  • Simultaneous hexadecimal and symbolic representation of the details
  • Display of remote frames, status reports of the CAN controller and, as an option, CAN-bus error frames
  • Logging of time-outs
  • Transmission of messages at fixed intervals of time, manually or as reply to remote frames
  • Messages can be created as transmit lists, stored and loaded as desired, in order to e. g. emulate CAN nodes
  • Periodical transmission with up to 1 ms precision
  • Easy creation of symbol files and macros using the integrated text editor with syntax highlighting
  • User-friendly real-time monitoring of several signals via the watch window
  • Extensive improvements to user guidance and interface compared to PCAN-Explorer version 4
  • User interface language can be switched (German/English)
  • Simple integration of external tools
  • Integration of add-ins to upgrade functionality

Properties of the integrated, configurable PCAN-Explorer data logger:

  • Operation of multiple tracers at the same time
  • Variable buffer size
  • Optional linear buffer or circular buffer
  • Representation of the logged messages with time stamp, type, ID, length, and data bytes
  • Logging of errors that have occurred is possible
  • Flexible storage possibility for the logged data in text form for importing into Excel or similar
  • Export of the recording to a CSV file
  • Filtering of the messages for logging through symbol definitions
  • Subsequent examination of the logged data in the buffer via different symbol files

Function upgrade of the PCAN-Explorer with the integrated VBScript language:

  • Creation of macros in VBScript with the integrated text editor
  • Access with macros and scripts to almost all program elements via the PCAN-Explorer object model
  • Ideal for creating test tools to implement or develop CAN systems
  • Examples: sending of e-mails when a temperature is exceeded, starting of a test tool when a particular message is received, opening of an Excel sheet when an event occurs and saving of data in the individual cells
  • Assignment of function keys with individual send messages or macros
  • VBS scripts run in the background even without the PCAN-Explorer interface

System requirements

  • Windows® 10, 8.1 (32/64-bit)
  • At least 2 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz CPU
  • Free USB port for copy protection dongle (only for portable license)
  • PCAN-Explorer installation CD including PCAN-Explorer Line Writer Add-in
  • Single computer license or portable license with USB copy protection dongle
  • PCAN-Symbol Editor for Windows® Details ...
  • Documentation in HTML help format

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