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Downloading and installing Burp Suite

The process for downloading Burp Suite is slightly different depending on whether you are installing Burp Suite Professional or Burp Suite Community Edition.

Downloading Burp Suite Professional

To download Burp Suite Professional, you first need to register for a free trial or purchase a license.

Once you have an account, you can access your account page on portswigger.net. Your account page contains links to download your license key and the latest version of Burp for your required platform (Windows, MacOS, or Linux). Download both of these, and proceed to installing Burp Suite.

Note that you can also choose to download Burp Suite as a JAR file and launch it directly from the command line instead of using one of the native platform installers.

Downloading Burp Suite Community Edition

To download the free community edition of Burp Suite, go to the Download Burp Suite Community Edition page. You can then proceed to installing Burp Suite.

Installing Burp Suite

To install Burp Suite, simply run the installer and select your desired options within the installation wizard. This process should be relatively self-explanatory.

Burp Suite system requirements

For the best experience with Burp Suite Professional, we recommend using a machine with at least 8 GB of memory and 2 CPU cores. If you are performing large amounts of work, or testing large or complex applications, you may need more memory than this. If you are unsure whether your computer is suitable, we recommend first testing Burp Suite Community Edition on your machine to satisfy yourself that it works correctly.

Error running the installer on MacOS

When you try to run the installer on MacOS, an error message might appear saying that the installer "can't be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software". In order to bypass this warning, you need to manually confirm that you trust the installer and want to run it.

  1. Close the error message popup.
  2. In MacOS, go to "System Preferences" > "Security & Privacy".
  3. At the bottom of the dialog, you will see a message saying that the Burp Suite installer was blocked. Next to it, click "Open anyway".
  4. The initial error message will pop up again, but this time you have the option to click "Open" to run the installer despite the warning.