This post describes how to install 12d Model.

If you have just purchased 12d Model and you want to install the program, or you have 12d Model and you want to install it onto a new computer, you are in the right place.

Installing 12d Model has four steps

  1. Install dongle drivers
  2. Attach the dongle
  3. Install 12d Model
  4. Authorise 12d Model

This post describes the first three steps.  The final step (Authorise 12d Model) is described on this page.

If you already have 12d Model installed on your computer, and you need to install a new authorisation file, please see instructions in this page.

If you have 12d Model 12 installed on your machine, and you want to upgrade to 12d Model 14 please see the instructions on this page

1.     Install Dongle Drivers

Dongle drivers must be installed BEFORE you attach the dongle to computer.

12d Model uses two types of dongle, ‘WIBU’ and ‘Codemeter’

Codemeter Dongles

If you have a miniUSB dongle, or a silver dongle then you have a ‘Codemeter’ dongle.
Codemeter dongle numbers start with ‘5c2d’
Download the dongle driver from this page, (open the page, and look for ‘Codemeter User Runtime for Windows’ – see below)

WIBU Dongles

WIBU dongles are green.  The dongle number starts with  ‘572d’
If you have a WIBU dongle, then you must download and install the WIBU driver.
Download it from this page, (open the page, and look for ‘WibuKey Runtime for Windows’)

12d Solutions Installer

12d Solutions provides an installer that will install both WIBU and Codemeter dongle drivers.
The installer can be downloaded from this page
This short video shows the process for installing dongle drivers using the 12d Solutions installer.

2.     Attach the Dongle

O.K. so this is a bit obvious.

The important thing to remember is to attach the dongle to the computer AFTER you have installed the dongle drivers

3.     Install 12d Model

12d Model can be downloaded from the 12d Solutions website, or from the 12d User Forum or from the links at the bottom of this post.

The version on the User Forum is usually later (newer and better) the version on the website.
You will need to log on to the forum to access the download.

The installer is a large download – about 1Gb.

Once the installer has been downloaded, simply double click on the file to install 12d Model


Note that if you already have 12d Model installed, you will be asked if you want to un-install the existing version.  The correct answer is ‘Yes’
The installer writes files to the ‘Program Files’ area of your computer.  None of your projects or configuration is stored in this area, so your work will not be affected by the installation.


The links shown below are copied from the 12d Solutions website

Installer for 12d Model 14C2C – 64 bit

Installer for 12d Model 14C2C – 32 bit


4.     Install the Authorisation File

You will have been sent an authorisation file for 12d Model.

For 12d Model 12 the file is nodes.12d12n
For 12d Model 14 the file is nodes.12d14n

As you would expect the file is often referred to as the ‘nodes file’

The authorisation file for 12d Model is usually sent to you as an attachment to an email.

To use the authorisation file, simply double-click on it.
A panel will open as shown below.

Press ‘Install’ to authorise your copy of 12d Model

Some email systems will not allow you to run the attachment from the email.  In this case you will need to save the file to your desktop then double-click it.

Instructions for manual installation:
For version 12 of 12d Model, the [nodes.12d12n] usually goes in the folder:
“C:\12d\12.00” and once there the file must be renamed to “nodes.4d”.

For version 14 of 12d Model, the [nodes.12d14n] usually goes in the folder:
“C:\12d\14.00” and once there the file must be renamed to “nodes.4d”.

After completing these steps, you should be able to start 12d Model Software using the desktop icon.

If 12d Model does not start an “Authorization Error” panel will be displayed.

For information about the errors and how to solve these, please refer to Wiki page “Error starting 12d Model


Certifying Codemeter Dongles

Codemeter dongles have a security feature that requires them to be Certified over the internet every 60 days.
This will happen automatically if your computer is connected to the internet, and you will not even know that it has happened.
You can manually certify the dongle from inside 12d Model using Project=>Management=>Dongles=>Certify codemeter.

If you have difficulty Certifying the dongle, refer to this page.

Installing 12d Model Dongle Drivers