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PCAN-Symbol Editor 6

Windows® Software for Creating and Editing Symbol Files

The symbol format developed by PEAK-System translates the hexadecimal display used for CAN data traffic into a format that the user can understand.

To create a symbol, names are first assigned to the individual CAN IDs. The interpretation and presentation of CAN data is defined using variables with various parameters, such as name and output format. The symbol created in this manner enables easy allocation of incoming and outgoing CAN messages and ensures that the CAN data is readable.

The free PCAN-Symbol Editor uses clearly structured menus and a graphical representation of symbols to enable convenient creation and editing of Symbol files.



  • Symbolic representation of CAN messages through the assigning of alphanumeric names
  • Bit-exact division of the data into variables for assigning name, data type, list of values, scaling, offset, etc.
  • Support for CAN specifications 2.0 A/B and FD
  • Supports data processing in accordance with IEEE 754 as well as the Intel and Motorola format
  • Set up user-defined outputs using lists of values (Enums)
  • Use of multiplexers for outputting CAN data of a single CAN ID with different symbol definitions
  • Allows the creation of signals in Symbol files
  • With a signal, the representation of CAN data can be defined and used for multiple symbols
  • The graphic representation of symbols and the automatic error detection allow easy creation of Symbol files
  • Revised user interface with Quick Start function and dynamic text search for symbols, signals, menu commands, recently opened files, etc.
  • The Item Navigator and the search function allow targeted access to all elements of the symbol files
  • Function to convert Symbol files between file formats
  • Create virtual variables for CAN-independent inputs and outputs and macro calculations (in conjunction with PCAN-Explorer only)
  • Import CANdb files into the symbol data format and vice versa (requires the PCAN-Explorer and the add-In CANdb Import)
  • SSupports symbols for J1939 message formats (requires the PCAN-Explorer and the add-In J1939)

System requirements

  • Windows® 10, 8.1 (32/64-bit)
  • At least 2 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz CPU
  • PCAN-Symbol Editor software
  • Documentation in HTML Help format

PCAN-Symbol Editor 6

Windows® software for creating and editing Symbol files.


Additional information:

Suitable to be used with:

  • PCAN-Explorer 6: Professional Windows® software to communicate with CAN and CAN FD buses