NOTE: If you are planning to use Reality-XP for the GNS430/530 or GTN650/750, please ensure you have installed Reality-XP and loaded into your desired aircraft and configured it at least once.  The RealSimGear installer below will handle hiding the bezel IF the proper Reality-XP .ini file is found.

NOTE 2: If you had an older version of the RealSimGear plugin installed, please remove it first (such as RealSimGear_GSNx30) by deleting the old folder from
..\X-Plane > Resources > plugins.  If you don't remove the old version, you will end up with 2 versions and a conflict.

NOTE 3: This installer is for Windows only.  If you are using Linux or Mac OSX, you will need to use the instructions found HERE.

RealSimGear Installer

The installer will perform a number of actions base on the product you select.  Note, you can select multiple products at once.

  • Copy the product specific bezel replacement files (to remove the bezel's on the GNS430/530 and G1000 displays).
  • If using Reality-XP, will prompt you to search for and modify the correct .ini files to hide the bezel for those products.
  • Will install the RealSimGear Plugin into ..\X-Plane\Resources\plugins\
  • Install the required Microsoft Redistributable's
  • Install the Arduino drivers
  • Install the RealSimGear USB drivers

To use, simply download the executable via the black button below this text.

Click the button above will start a download of the RealSimGear_X-Plane_Installer.exe.  Once the download finishes, you will normally see it at the bottom of your browser where can normally click the file to start the install.  If not, you can also find it in your 'Downloads' folder, simply double click on it there to start the install.

When first starting the Installer, you will be presented with a User Account Control prompt.  You will need to allow the application to run.
Windows 10:

Please choose 'Yes' at this step to allow the Installer to run.

Windows 7:

Please choose 'Yes' at this step to allow the Installer to run.

Next up, the Welcome Screen, choose Next.

Review and accept the License Agreement ...

Choose the product(s) you are installing (you can choose more than 1 if you like) ...

** For the RealSimGear GFC500/700, GMA350, GCU47x, or G5 hardware, please choose 'RealSimGear Other Hardware'.

Choose your X-Plane 11 folder.  This is important as the install will fail if it does not find X-Plane at that location.  NOTE: You simply choose the base X-Plane 11 folder, not NOT choose the plugins folder or any other folder.

The installer will search for any aircraft that already have Reality-XP installed and configured and update the file to hide the Reality-XP bezel. If you are not using Reality-XP, simply choose "No" ...

Installer will automatically install the correct Microsoft Redistributables.  If you already have it installed, this will simply re-install.  When installing the Microsoft prompt will be displayed, please choose "YES".

After the Microsoft Redistributables are installed, you may also get a couple of black screens that will pop up while the installer installs the Arduino and RealSimGear USB drivers.
If using Windows 7, you will be prompted to install each of the Arduino and USB drivers.  For both, choose 'Install'.  You might also check the box to 'Always trust software from ...' to avoid being prompted in the future for any driver updates.

Once the drives install, setup is complete, you can choose to show the README for more information about the plugin, or visit the RealSimGear help site by clicking on the link ...

Aircraft Specific Configs

This version of the plugin now also allows for aircraft specific CommandMapping.ini files.  Simply copy the CommandMapping.ini file from the RealSimGear plugin folder to the root of the specific aircraft folder, and modify as necessary.  This plugin will attempt to use those files first, and then fall back to the generic version if nothing specific is found.  For example using this for the HotStart TBM900 would result in a custom CommandMapping.ini file in the ..\X-Plane\Aircraft\X-Aviation\TBM900 folder.

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