BlackLight Compatibility & Requirements

Device Compatibility


  • iPhone 3G and newer with iOS 4.0 or later
  • All iPads with iOS 4.0 or later
  • iPod Touch 2G and newer with iOS 4.0 or later


  • Using Windows OS – Devices running Android 4.0.4 or later
  • Using macOS – Devices running Android 5.0 or later
  • 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 macOS Sierra (10.12.6) or newer / Windows 10 1809 or newer
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 • macOS Sierra (10.12.6) or newer
• Windows 10 1809 or newer
• Windows Server 2016 or newer
• 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
• 16 GB DDR3
• 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
• 10GB of Disk Space (installation only) and 25 GB (Temp Space)
Optimum Requirements • macOS Mojave (10.14.6) 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
• 15GB 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:

We strongly recommend against using macOS versions .0 and .1, for example 10.15.0 or 10.15.1.

Release Notes

Our latest release, BlackLight 10.1, includes:

NEW Features:

  • BlackLight Portable Case
  • Cluster map view in ‘Locations’
  • Added support for TrueCrypt and VeraCrypt volumes
  • Support added for Android 10 devices
  • Support added for Project VIC Version 2.0
  • Parsing Windows Explorer search artifacts
  • Granular processing options for APFS Snapshots and Volume Shadow Copies (VSCs)
  • Support added for SHA-1 and SHA-256 hash sets

Updated support for artifacts from:

  • macOS and iOS Notes
  • macOS Accounts
  • Apple Keychains
  • WhatsApp
  • Multiple SIMs on iOS devices
  • Windows Jumplists
  • Windows Prefetch

To learn about all the new features, improvements, and fixes view the release notes for BlackLight 10.1 available in your MyCellebrite account.