BlackLight Compatibility & Requirements

Device Compatibility


  • iPhone 3G and newer with iOS 4.0 to 13
  • All iPads with iOS 4.0 to 13
  • iPod Touch 2G and newer with iOS 4.0 to 13


  • 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 Sierra (10.12.6) or newer / Windows 10 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 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 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
• 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:

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 2019 R3, includes:

  • New processing options, triaging data
  • Redesign of Evidence Status View
  • Additional Windows Artifacts parsed in Actionable Intel
  • Parsing of Apple Unified Logs
  • Passware Integration to decrypt images of devices with full disk encryption
  • Redesign of File Filters enabling the creation of complex file filters
  • Additional support for processing Cellebrite extractions
  • Support added to process macOS 10.15 Time Capsule backups
  • Updates to parse artifacts in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

To learn about all the new features, improvements, and fixes view the release notes for BlackLight 2019 R3.