CityEngine 2022.0 system requirements

Supported operating systems

Supported operating systemLatest update or service pack tested

Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise

May 2022 update

Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise

May 2022 Update

Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise

May 2022 update

Windows Server 2022 Standard and Datacenter

May 2022 Update

Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter

May 2022 update

Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter

May 2022 update

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter

May 2022 update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 8

Update 5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 7

Update 9

  • Esri does not provide support for products installed on a developer's release of an operating system.
  • CityEngine is only supported on 64 bit CPUs with x86-64 architecture.
  • Prior and future updates or service packs for these operating system versions are supported unless otherwise stated. The operating system version and updates must be supported by the operating system provider.

Hardware requirements



Intel/AMD compatible (x86_64) quad-core

Intel i5 (10th Gen) 8-core or AMD Ryzen 5 (3rd Gen) 8-core or higher


16 GB

32 GB or more

Disk Space

4 GB

32 GB or more


  • Intel 2 HD Graphics 500 Series
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 950 or Quadro M2000
  • AMD RX 500 Series
  • Nvidia GTX 1080, Quadro P5000 or newer
  • AMD RX 5700 XT or newer

GPU Memory

2 GB

8 GB or more




Screen Resolution


1920x1200 (or higher)


Internet connection

100 Mbps (or higher) Internet connection

  • 1 It is recommended to use the latest GPU drivers.
  • 2 Intel integrated GPUs are only supported on Windows.

Software requirements

Operating SystemSoftware Requirements


Unreal exporter: to enable the Unreal exporter, install the Epic Games Launcher from

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

  • Install "Server with GUI" group
  • Add redhat-lsb package


CityEngine uses the OpenGL graphics API to render city scenes in its viewports. Software-based virtualized GPUs do not offer the performance required for CityEngine. Therefore desktop virtualization products such as VMware Workstation or VirtualBox are not supported.

Enterprise-grade and cloud-based virtualization solutions offer the option to virtualize the GPU (Nvidia vGPU, AMD MxGPU). Alternatively, a dedicated GPU can be "passed through", which means the entire graphics card is provided for use by the VM. A virtual machine provisioned with either a virtualized GPU or a dedicated (pass-through) GPU provides the necessary graphics performance for CityEngine.

CityEngine will install and run successfully on cloud-based environments. However, due to the large number of virtual machine/OS combinations available, Esri cannot offer technical support or troubleshooting for these configurations. If you encounter issues when running in cloud-based VMs, please consult your cloud provider's documentation.

See Hardware requirements for more information.

On-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)Notes

VMware vSphere

Nvidia vGPU enabled virtual machines



  • Nvidia M-Series
  • AMD FirePro S7150


  • Nvidia RTX 6000 or newer

Virtual disk size 3, 4

  • Minimum: 65 GB
  • Recommended: 90 GB or more

Virtual GPU memory 5

  • Minimum: 2 GB
  • Recommended: 8 GB or more
  • 3 Disk size includes space for the base OS installation plus space for CityEngine projects, examples, and tutorials.
  • 4 Importing and exporting different file formats in CityEngine can be IO-intensive. It is recommended to use a SSD-based direct-attached storage system if your workflow includes frequent import and export steps.
  • 5 Refer to the GPU vendor's documentation on how to partition the graphic card.


It is expected that the virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions of other vendors (Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenDesktop) will provide a similar experience. However, Esri does not offer support or troubleshooting when running CityEngine in these environments. Consult with the manufacturer if you encounter issues.

Frequently asked questions

Does CityEngine support roaming profiles?

CityEngine may not support all roaming profile features.

Are there known limitations of supported proxy servers?

NTLM Proxies are not supported.