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Developer(s) Vector Informatik
Initial release 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
Stable release
9.0 / March 11, 2016; 14 months ago (2016-03-11)
Operating system Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
License Proprietary

CANalyzer is an analysis software tool from Vector Informatik GmbH. This development software is widely used, primarily by automotive and electronic control unit suppliers, to analyze the data traffic in serial bus systems. The most relevant bus systems here are CAN, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet and MOST[1] as well as CAN-based protocols such as J1939,[2] CANopen,[3] ARINC 825[4] and many more.


Vector first offered CANalyzer on the market in 1992 – the world’s first CAN software tool. CANalyzer has been continually updated since then, and today it is considered the world’s leading analysis tool for CAN buses. Besides its primary field of application, which is in-vehicle electronic networking in the automotive industry, CANalyzer is also used in many other industries such as rail transportation, heavy-duty vehicles, special-purpose vehicles, avionics, medical technology and many more. New technologies based on IP architectures in the automotive industry [5] are supported by CANalyzer.[6]

In addition to its robust bus monitoring functionality, CANalyzer also contains many stimulation and analysis functions for triggering and analyzing message traffic and data contents. These functions are incorporated in a measurement setup. Users can configure and extend the tool’s functionality with an integrated compiling programming language. Data is displayed and evaluated in both raw and symbolic formats. Back in 1992, Vector had already developed the DBC data format, which has become the de facto standard in the automotive industry for exchanging CAN descriptions. Relevant standards are supported for other bus systems as well, such as FIBEX for FlexRay, LDF for LIN and EDS/DCF/XDD for CANopen.[3]


Version 1.0 was released in 1992.[7] The current version of CANalyzer is 9.0[8] (Revised: March 2016). Program Levels CANalyzer is available in different variants. They relate to the software’s functional features (fundamental, expert and professional), supported bus systems (CAN, FlexRay, etc.) and supported higher-level protocol options (SAE J1939, CANopen,...)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CANalyzer Website, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  2. ^ CANalyzer.J1939, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  3. ^ a b CANopen solutions, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  4. ^ Overview CAN-based avionics protocols on, downloaded June 17th, 2010
  5. ^ Neff, Dr.Matheus, Königseder (BMW), Singer (Freescale), Wagner (Broadcom): Ethernet & IP as Automotive Bus System in the Scenario of Camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in VDI-Reports 2132, 15.International Congress Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles, Baden-Baden 2011, ISBN 978-3-18-092132-7.
  6. ^ CANalyzer.IP, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  7. ^ Company History Vector
  8. ^ Version history of CANalyzer, downloaded March 17th, 2016

External links[edit]

Additional resources[edit]

  • Pfeiffer, Ayre, Keydel: Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen, RTC Books San Clemente, USA, 2003 (eng)
  • Pfeiffer, Ayre, Keydel: Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen, RTC Books, Japan, 2006 (jap)
  • CAN-Show-Premiere, Report about the CiA booth on the fair Interkama 1992, in Markt&Technik Nr.45, November 6, 1992 (German)
  • Develop CAN applications faster - CAN tools: News at a glance, in Markt&Technik Nr.45, November 6, 1992 (German)