||Applications with Online Manual:
|JMRI® current||DecoderPro v4.x|
|General Set Up v4.x
|JMRI® v3.10||DecoderPro3 v3.6|
|DecoderPro 3 v2.14||Printable PDF (6.7MB)|
JMRI is a Java-based cross-platform program suite
for model railroaders.
It contains modular applications for:
- Programming of Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders (DecoderPro®)
- Drawing computer based panels for depicting a model railroad layout (PanelPro™ and Layout Editor)
- Controlling the layout (All modules)
- Creating train manifests for duplicating railroad operations (OperationsPro™)
- Controlling the signals on the layout (All modules)
- Controlling lighting and sound in the room, and so forth (SoundPro™)
All this capability is contained in one install.
Take it Step by Step
Our general advice is to start with the basics. For that
we suggest you start setting up a simple track
connected to your Command Station first.
When train(s) run and a turnout responds to your hand held throttle, it's time to open the Hardware Help (use the Hardware tab at the top of the page).
Next is trying to do basic things with PanelPro, for example using a JMRI Throttle to run a loco.
Once that is operating like you expect, comes the time to build a Panel, fill your Roster, etc.
Make some notes for yourself, sketch a simple diagram to way you conceive you set up. Often that helps better than words to get things sorted (and remember 2 years later why you chose to type that funny turnout name).
You're not discouraged to dive in, but by taking on
JMRI - or any powerful, but complex thing - one step
at a time you sort of build a solid foundation that
will pay for itself in due time.
Gradually build on you foundation concepts of the program and pick up elements of interest by following some of the links at the bottom of the left sidebar on the JMRI web Help.
If this is your first visit to our manual, we suggest that
you take the DecoderPro® tour at https://jmri.org/help/en/html/apps/DecoderPro/Tour.shtml
to get an overview of what we're about to cover.
Version 2.12 can run on any computer system that will run
Java 1.5 or later.
Version 2.14.1 requires Java 1.5 (or 1.6 if you wish for drag & drop)
Version 3.10.1 requires Java 1.7 or later.
Version 4.2 and up requires Java 1.8.