Release 8

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This page provides installation files for Manifold® Release 8.

Upgrading an older Release 8 installation? Installing a Release 8 build from this page automatically upgrades your legacy Release 8 serial number to use the modern, improved activation system.

See the New Activation page for important details. For example, the new activation system does not support License Server licenses: if your Release 8 license uses License Server, stay with build 8.0.30 and do not upgrade to a build on this page.

  • For Release 9 or Viewer downloads visit the Downloads page.
  • For archived, obsolete Release 8 builds for use with legacy activation (not recommended) visit the Legacy Release 8 web page.

Getting Started: Visit the Release 8 User Manual for a fast start.

Updates: Updates are free. Visit the Updates page for info.

Cutting Edge or Base ?

Most people always want the latest version, while others prefer to update less frequently. To meet both needs, Manifold provides both newer (Edge) and older (Base) installations.

Starting at a given Base level, each new Edge build adds more and more capabilities. After a series of Edge builds, Manifold updates the current Base build to incorporate new Edge features, and then the cycle starts over with a new series of Edge builds. Release 8 Edge builds require prior installation of the current Release 8 Base build.

  • Release 8 Edge - Edge builds provide all new features and bug fixes. Edge builds are issued more frequently than Base builds with an announcement in the user forum. Edge builds are issued as portable installations, making frequent updates easy. Edge builds expire on the third month after they are issued: plenty of time to download the latest Edge build. The User Manual documents Edge builds. Recommended.
  • Release 8 Base - Base builds are older versions of Edge builds. They are issued every few months as Windows Installer packages. Base builds do not time out, and they check for a newer Base build. Base builds do not include the latest features and bug fixes. The latest features discussed in the User Manual will not be in Base builds.

Unsure which to choose? You can download and use both an Edge build and a Base build. Edge builds are portable installations, so they happily co-exist with Base builds that use Windows Installer.


  • Read the installation.txt document in the Manifold Release 8 download for Release 8 installation instructions.
  • All new Release 8 serial numbers are 64-bit. 64-bit serial numbers authorize both 64-bit and 32-bit installations.
  • If you are stuck running 32-bit Windows or if you have an older, 32-bit Manifold System serial number, you MUST use the 32-bit Installation.
  • If you don't know what license you have, check your serial number on the Serial Number Status Page. 64-bit Manifold Release 8 licenses have "x64" in their names.
  • Important: All Manifold products require Microsoft .NET. The Requirements page has links to Microsoft downloads.
  • False alarms from anti-virus programs are common. The SHA checksums published below guarantee safe downloads. Use the SHA checksum to verify the download is safe and virus-free. See the information below on how to use SHA checksums.
  • Uninstall any prior installation before installing a new Manifold Release 8 installation. If Windows Installer reports any problems, read the Windows Installer Problems page for advice.
  • Very Important: After installation, save the .exe file for future use. Windows may need it some day to uninstall or to repair an installation.

Upgrades in build 8.0.31

  • New, improved activation system: See the New Activation page.
  • Installing and activating build 8.0.31 automatically upgrades legacy Release 8 serial numbers to authorizes full Ultimate x64 function. All Release 8 editions, including even Runtime and Personal editions, will provide full Ultimate x64 features and capabilities, including availability of all extensions.
  • Release 8 has been updated to use the Microsoft latest C++ Redistributable library, for Visual Studio 2019, and the latest Microsoft .NET Framework, 4.8.
  • System identifiers for Enterprise storages used when checking out and checking in components are now synthesized using a different algorithm. If you have components checked out from an older build, check them back in or undo check out before upgrading to build 8.0.31, because the new build will not recognize them as checked out. If you install a new build and then learn that you have such components, no worries: you can uninstall the new build and install the old build, and then either do a check in or undo check out. You can then uninstall the old build and install the new build, and neither action will spend an activation.
  • (Fix) The Make Image works around a bug in Microsoft GDI+ that shifts pixels in lines if the target image is bigger than a certain size.
  • (Fix) Web requests no longer sometimes fail to work for HTTPS resources.

Release 8 Edge · Portable (Self-Contained Zip File)

Portable Installation
SHA256: 459bf84f949ea02684d5ad3facb81a1f43eae864511c8529274979325ecf6ea4

For 64-bit and 32-bit Windows: Get the latest, most powerful Release 8 technology in a portable installation. 1: Download the .zip file. 2: Unzip. 3: Double-click manifold.exe in the bin64 folder to launch. (Launch manifold.exe in the bin folder for 32-bit Windows.) Tech tip: Right-click manifold.exe and Pin to Start for convenient launches.

Important: Before using a Release 8 portable build, download and install the current Release 8 Base build. Release 8 portable builds re-use part of the current Release 8 Base build.

64-bit Release 8 Base· Windows Installer (.exe File)

Requires 64-bit Windows. Installs both 64-bit and 32-bit product versions.

For 64-bit Manifold Licenses

SHA256: c4890604c88e154ea8f47e2c77c85b6658d5b6421938fdc137271e5c6d137fb9

64-bit Release 8: This is the current, Base Release 8 build in a Windows Installer installation package for 64-bit Windows systems. Uninstall any older Windows Installer Release 8 installations before installing. After installation, save the .exe file for future use.

32-bit Release 8 Base· Windows Installer (.exe File)

For 32-bit Windows. Installs 32-bit product version.

For 32-bit Manifold Licenses

SHA256: de3d124e982761719f65ddfbbf70a861062242fea7c89218492c9c6de9a5579b

32-bit Release 8: This is the current, Base Release 8 build in a Windows Installer installation package for 32-bit Windows systems. Uninstall any older Windows Installer Release 8 installations before installing. After installation, save the .exe file for future use.

Important: Manifold Release 8 cannot be installed or run without a Manifold Release 8 serial number. Purchase a Manifold Release 8 serial number from the Manifold Online Store.

Errors: If there are any errors when executing the downloaded file, the file was damaged during download or was not completely downloaded. Try again.


  • Manifold Release 8 documentation is online. See the Documentation page.
  • Release 8 documentation is also available in a downloaded Microsoft CHM format file. Please download and install the manifold.chm (61.3 MB) compiled Help file. Double-click on the file after downloading and follow the instructions in the How to Install this Documentation topic.
  • In some Windows systems, after downloading the manifold.chm file you may have to allow navigation to the internal web pages to see topics: in Windows Explorer right click on manifold.chm, choose Properties and then click the Unblock button.

SHA Checksums Guarantee Safe Packages

Worried about viruses? Got a false alarm from an anti-virus package? Use SHA checksums to put your mind at ease by confirming you have a safe installation package for Release 9 or Release 8.

Release 8 installation packages do NOT contain malware. Use the SHA checksum provided for each download package to confirm your installation package has not been infected and contains no malware. Normally, there is no need to do that unless your anti-virus program reports a problem. Anti-virus programs often report false alarms on perfectly-clean, virus-free files. False alarms are easy to check.

If your anti-virus program reports a problem with a Manifold installation file, you can verify that is a false alarm by using any popular tool (7zip, Microsoft, etc.) to compute the SHA checksum for the installation package you are using. If that SHA checksum matches the SHA checksum published for that package, you know for sure the anti-virus package reported a false alarm.

Windows 10 and other recent Windows editions include the certutil command line utility that will verify the SHA256 checksum for a file. To use certutil open a Command Prompt window and navigate to the folder where the file to be checked is located. Enter the following command line, for example, to check the 32-bit Release 9 installation package:

certutil -hashfile manifold-9.0.159.msi SHA256

The utility will provide a computed SHA256 hash code (another name for checksum) for the file:

SHA256 hash of file manifold-9.0.159.msi:
1d 65 79 c2 b7 2f aa 99 7f 40 2c c5 1f 92 80 de 73 0c 4f 4a 4c c5 d2 59 bf 74 7e 79 b8 d4 e0 71
CertUtil: -hashfile command completed successfully.

Compare the SHA256 checksum reported by the certutil utility to the checksum published on this page, ignoring spaces. If they are the same, you know for sure the file you have downloaded is safe.

Recommended Manifold Release 8 Downloads

These downloads will help you get more out of your Manifold Release 8 license. They are small downloads that are very quick to download and very important to have. They are strongly recommended for all Manifold users.

  • Recommended download: (16,236 KB)- A zip file containing many of the example files used in Example chapter topics in Help. This download is strongly recommended for all users learning Manifold.
  • Recommended download: (43 KB) - A zipfile containing acollection of all image server and geocoding server modules, already compiled into .dlls and ready for installation and use on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Windows systems. Unzip the file and follow instructions in the AllServersPack.txt file. Use of free image servers is one of the most popular features of Manifold for all users. These are often the only sources of maps in some international locations. See the Image Servers page for information.

Information on Release 8

For Release 8 build history, see the What's New user manual topic. For complete details on Release 8, see the online edition of the user manual. Note that the complete user manual is also built into your Manifold installation as a standard Microsoft compiled help file.

Other Manifold Release 8 Downloads

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Manifold provides the downloads below at no charge. These products do not require serial numbers; however, they work with Manifold Release 8 so they will not work if you do not have Manifold Release 8. Most are small downloads that do not require mirrors anywhere in the world.

  • (820,808 KB) - Caution: 801 MB in size. Wow! Lots of bytes for free! A zip file containing the Manifold US Geocoding Database, an optional geocoding database that may be used with the Release 8 Geocoding Tools extension for street address geocoding of US addresses. Useless outside the US or if you do not have Manifold. This download has obsolete data (use a web based geocoder instead) but continues to be useful for limited purposes in the United States.
  • Data Downloads- A web page providing links to download data sets formerly distributed with older Manifold releases.
  • Manifold8.pdf-(63,303 KB) Right click on the link and choose Save target As... to save a 63 MB PDF providing the Manifold Release 8 User Manual in PDF format. The CHM is better for reference, since the PDF loses hyperlinks that are part of the CHM Microsoft Help file and are essential for operational reference use. However, a PDF can be stored to readers and printed in hard copy conveniently, for those who wish to kill 4400 pages worth of trees. Created with automated tools and may contain formatting errors, lower resolution images and other problems compared to the original CHM file. Formatted for A4 size paper, the world standard in almost all countries.
  • Manifold8_letter.pdf-(63,504 KB) Right click on the link and choose Save target As... to save a 63 MB PDF providing the Manifold Release 8 User Manual in PDF format, formatted for "letter" size paper, as still used in Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, the Philippines, Canada and the US.
  • (8,601 KB) - A zip file containing image server modules and a US base map that is used in the Exporting KML to Google Earth tutorial topic in Help (an always popular, highly visual topic).
  • (26 KB) - The Manifold Spatial Extender for SQL Server installs on SQL Server machines to add high-performance, server-side spatial indices to work in conjunction with Manifold spatial DBMS facilities.The zip file contains the extender DLL, an install / uninstall utility, and a readme file with installation instructions.
  • (201 KB) - The Manifold Traditional Topology Tools add-in for Manifold x64 installations.
  • (175 KB) - The Manifold Traditional Topology Tools add-in for 32-bit Manifold installations.
  • (419 KB) - A zipfile containing the Manifold Release 8 Object Model poster in four, ready-to-use sizes: As a .png image file, and as PDF files for A2, A3 and A4 sized paper.
  • (3,050 KB) - A zipfile containing a Manifold Release 8 project containing an example Montara Mountain terrain elevation surface together with a sample formula useful for doing demos of NVIDIA CUDA hardware.
  • (6592 KB)- A Release 9 format .map file providing the Books example database used in Chris Fehily's first-rate book, "SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide," a great book for learning SQL.
  • (14 KB) - A small zipfile containing the installation informationand .asp service launch file for License Server users. This file is completely useless if you are not operating the $1995 License Server product.
  • Programming Examples - Programming examples showing common tasks using scripts.
  • Routine updates - Manifold licensees may download and install routine updates at no charge. Routine updates provide bug fixes in between major releases and often provide new features as well. Manifold Release 8 will automatically check for new updates and will report if a more recent update has been made available.
  • Image Servers and Geocoding Servers - Free image server and geocoding server modules for use within Manifold and the Manifold Toolbar. Don't miss the incredible usefulness of imageservers, one of the most popular features in Manifold Release 8.
  • Free Stuff for Manifold users - A collection of links to examples and other useful items for free download

Technical Support

The free downloads on this page are provided without technical support. Some downloads are large and require reliable Internet connections. Downloads are provided for those folks who have sufficiently reliable Internet connections and who have the minimal technical skills required to use their browsers to download a file, to unzip a zipfile, install an .exe file, etc., without assistance. If you require assistance, please ask a more technical colleague for help, retain a consultant, or contact Manifold Technical Support using a standard tech support token as set forth in the Contacting Tech Support page.

Please visit the following links for general information on available Manifold technical support services.

  • Technical Support Home Page - Your first stop for technical support needs.
  • Status Page - Enter a support token to verify it is unused and to check the token type (standard, development or voice). Checking the status of a support token before using it to contact tech support will avoid wasting time in case the token has been already used or is the wrong type.
  • Contacting Technical Support - How to contact technical support. How to use tokens and important information that must be provided to enable tech support to respond quickly and constructively.
  • Manifold Updates - Information on updates for Manifold products.
  • Technical Support Products - A list of all technical support products.
  • Online Store - Buy technical support products online with your credit card.
  • Support FAQ - Frequently asked questions regarding technical support.
  • Administrator Login - Users are sometimes surprised to learn they don't have true Administrator rights in Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista. This short page describes how to login using the real Administrator account.
  • Windows Installer Notes - Tips on solving problems with Windows Installer in case of de-installation errors.
  • Email Problems - Few things are as annoying as not getting messages you expect to get, yet the wide use of spam filters means that you might not be getting an important email from email accounts. Read this page for important tips on how to make sure you will get the emails you expect.
  • Suggestions - Tips on making effective suggestions to get what you want into Manifold. Vote early and vote often!.

Manifold products are supported by email for a fee. Although Manifold technical support is very inexpensive, it is not free. Technical support is provided for a low fee via email. Technical support service products are sold that allow Manifold users to choose what level of support they prefer, from a single incident to ten incidents at a discount. Technical support incidents are available as standard support incidents or as developer support incidents. Standard incidents provide answers to routine interactive usage of Manifold. Developer support incidents provide answers to more technical questions, such as those involving programming, SQL, customization, IMS, Runtime licenses or Enterprise features.

How to Buy Technical Support Services

Purchase technical support products via the the Online Store. Purchase the technical support product and you will receive by email tech support tokens of the number and class (standard or developer) you purchased. You can then use them when contacting tech support by email.

Contacting Technical Support

Please carefully read the Contacting Technical Support page for complete information on contacting technical support. Support inquiries sent to sales will not only delay a fast and effective solution, they will also waste support tokens.

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