BlackLight Compatibility & Requirements

Device Compatibility


  • iPhone 3G and newer with iOS 4.0 to 12.1
  • All iPads with iOS 4.0 to 12.1
  • iPod Touch 2G and newer with iOS 4.0 to 12.1


  • Devices running Android 4.0.4 to 8.1
  • Devices manufactured by: Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Google Nexus
    Note*: Additional devices running Android 4.0 or later may function properly if the appropriate USB driver for Windows OS is installed


Each new BlackLight® license purchase includes one-year Software Maintenance Support (SMS). Customers current on SMS receive all BlackLight software updates and technical support. Customers may purchase an extension of SMS each year to continue receiving SMS benefits. Customers will still be able to use the BlackLight updates released during their support period when their license expires.

System Requirements

Operating System Specification Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11.4) or higher / Windows 7 or higher
Compatibility BlackLight runs on Intel® based systems only
BlackLight requires the following additional software:
• iTunes 12.6 or higher
• QuickTime 7.6.9 or higher for Mac, and Windows Media Player 12 for Windows
Minimum Requirements • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11.4) or newer
• Windows 7 or newer
• Windows Server 2016 or newer
• 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
• 16 GB DDR3
• 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
• 5GB of Disk Space (installation only) and 25 GB (Temp Space)
Optimum Requirements • macOS Sierra (10.12.5) or Windows 10
• 3.1 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 or better
• 32 GB DDR3 or higher
• 1680 x 1050 or higher screen resolution
• 5GB of Disk Space (installation only) and 25 GB (Temp Space)

*Note: For Windows systems, BlackLight uses whatever the default app may be for playing media files. Windows Media Player 12 is recommended. If Windows examiners do not have QuickTime installed and they wish to play certain file types such as .AMR files (voicemail, etc.) they will need to install some non-default codecs, following the instructions found here:

Release Notes

Our latest release, BlackLight 2019 R1, includes:

  • Built-in Image Categorization using Image Analyzer
  • Smart Indexing – Initial Release
  • Logical Evidence Files (EnCase© .L01 format) export option
  • New Investigative Notes option
  • Add AFF4 evidence from MacQuisition 2019 R1 to support latest Apple systems with the T2 chip or APFS Fusion
  • Time Capsule and Time Machine improved support
  • Photo DNA and Project Vic updated support
  • Windows 10 and Apple Mojave system artifacts improvements
  • Added GoPRO LRV filetype support

Recent feature highlights from BlackLight 2018 R4, includes:

  • Apple’s latest picture and video formats (HEIC/HEVC) support
  • Tagging Improvements
  • iPhone XS, XR, and iPad Pro device support
  • Improved support for Android MMS on Samsung devices
  • Parsing “Recent Items” on macOS 10.13
  • Easier license management of BlackBag dongles
  • BlackLight is now exclusively a 64-bit application

Earlier in the 2018, BlackLight 2018 R3 was released which included:

  • Comprehensive Report options
  • APFS Snapshots
  • Streamlined support for all GrayKey image formats
  • iOS Hidden Photos
  • Enhanced Windows 10 Memory Support

Other BlackLight highlights from 2018 include full APFS support – when combined with MacQuisition 2018 R1, it is the world’s first complete end-to-end acquisition, decryption, and analysis solution the latest Apple File System. In addition, it includes support for latest versions of the following mobile applications:

  • WeChat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Line
  • WhatsApp

Feature highlights from 2017, include the following:

  • Export media to LACE, C4ALL, and Project VIC formats for further analysis
  • Support for EML formatted email files, included on the easy Communication view
  • Identify ‘Recent’ documents and applications from Mac OS 10.11 and 10.12
  • Latest phones and operating systems, including iPhone 8, iOS 11 and Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Ingest Mac sparse images directly into BlackLight
  • Full collections from iOS 11 including from iTunes Backups
  • Users are now prompted for passwords for iOS 11 Encrypted backups to complete the collection
  • Generate reports in CSV format to allow examiners to review data in external programs
  • Ability to export case data as XML for import into various analytic tools
  • New ‘Reset’ button when filtering the current view or searching to easily start a new filter or search of items, for example messages and media filters
  • Updated hash set support to include identifying ‘Known’ and ‘Trusted’ items from, for the latest Mac and Windows Operating Systems
  • BETA support for parsing ExFAT, ISO9660, EXT 2, EXT 3, EXT 4, UFS, and YAFFS2 file systems
  • Updated Parsing for FSevent Files
  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
  • EWMounter Additional Drive Support
  • Improved Volume Shadow Copy (VSC) Display

To learn about all the new features, improvements, and fixes view the release notes for BlackLight 2018 R2.