PCAN-Explorer 6 Features


  • Management of all settings, information, and files in projects
  • Exporting entire projects including linked files to handy packets for archiving or sharing
  • Extensive revision of the user interface with improved dialogs for creating transmit messages and managing signals
  • Automatic notification about new software versions and support with the update process
  • Integrated text editor with syntax highlighting for creating and editing of Symbol files, macros and VBScript
  • User interface language can be switched (German/English)
  • Integration of add-ins to upgrade functionality

Connection to CAN and CAN FD


  • Connection with up to 16 CAN channels
  • Simultaneous use of multiple CAN interfaces independent of the hardware type
  • Support for CAN specifications 2.0 A/B and FD
  • CAN bit rates (nominal) up to 1 Mbit/s
  • Data bit rates up to 12 Mbit/s (only when using a CAN FD interface)
  • Optional use of custom bit rates
  • Listen-only mode can be activated
  • Clear overview of connections with their bit rate, status, error counter, and bus load
  • Function to execute a hardware reset of the CAN controller

Transmission and Reception

  • Representation of the CAN data traffic in sortable receive and transmit lists with configurable columns display
  • Display of messages showing the ID, length, data bytes, time-outs, number of messages received, and receiving interval
  • Display of error frames can be activated for each connection
  • Representation of CAN IDs in hexadecimal or decimal format
  • Display of receive, transmit, and error states
  • Message reception with a maximum resolution of 100 µs
  • Manual and periodic transmission of messages with a maximum resolution of 1 ms
  • Transmission of CAN messages in response to remote frames (only with CAN 2.0 A/B)
  • Messages can be grouped as transmit lists, stored and loaded as desired, e.g., in order to emulate CAN nodes
  • Multiple flexible filters can be configured and, for example, assigned to the transmit/receive window or to various different tracers

Recording and Playback

  • Logging of the CAN data traffic along with the errors that have occurred as an option
  • Playback of trace files with optional loop function
  • Operation of multiple tracers at the same time
  • Representation of the logged messages with details such as time stamp, type, ID, length, and data bytes
  • Representation of the data bytes in hexadecimal, decimal, or ASCII format
  • Filtering of the messages for logging through message filters
  • Recording of CAN data traffic directly to files or to the RAM (in linear, dynamic, or circular buffer mode)
  • Playback of logged CAN messages directly from files or the buffer
  • Storing of the logged data to readable text files or CSV files for further processing in Excel or similar
  • Enhanced processing of huge trace files compared to PCAN-Explorer version 5
  • Subsequent examination of the logged data in the buffer via different Symbol files

Symbolic Representation

  • Clear and readable representation of CAN messages based on the symbol format from PEAK-System:
    • Easy allocation of CAN messages by assigning alphanumeric names
    • Bit-exact division of the data into variables for assigning names, data type, etc.
  • Comfortable Symbol file creation with the supplied Windows® software PCAN-Symbol Editor or with the integrated text editor
  • User-friendly real-time monitoring of several signals via the Watch window
  • Graphical display of up to 4 signals with a simple line writer (Line Writer Add-in)

Automation with Macros and VBScript

  • Automation of small tasks or complex processes with macros or VBScript like for example:
    • Test procedures for the implementation or development of CAN systems
    • Send an e-mail if a temperature is exceeded
    • Start an action when a particular message is received
    • Open an Excel sheet when an event occurs and save the data in individual cells
    • Calculate variables from the data of incoming CAN messages
  • Creation of macros and scripts with the integrated text editor
  • Assignment of function keys to individual macros
  • Access with VBScript to almost all program elements via the PCAN-Explorer object model
  • VBScript macros also run in the background even without the PCAN-Explorer interface

System requirements

  • Windows® 10, 8.1, 7 (32/64-bit)
  • At least 2 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz CPU
  • Free USB port for installation stick and copy protection dongle
  • For the CAN bus connection: PC CAN interface from PEAK-System
  • Internet connection recommended for activation