Tracker requires Java but now supplies its own open-source video engine Xuggle. QuickTime is also supported on Windows and OS X.

1. Verify and/or install Java

  1. See if Java version 1.6 or higher is installed on the host computer. Note: Windows users must run Tracker in a 32-bit Java VM to use Xuggle or QuickTime, even on a 64-bit computer. If unsure, or Java is not installed, continue with the next step.
  2. Download the most recent Java installer from The JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is all you need unless you're a Java developer. Note: Windows users should download the file described as "Windows x86 Offline" or "Windows x86 Online."
  3. Double-click the installer and follow the instructions.

2. Install Tracker (with Xuggle)

  1. Download the tracker installer for your platform (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) from Tracker's home page at
  2. Follow the Installer Help instructions at Be sure to include Xuggle in the installation for maximum functionality.

3. Upgrade Tracker when new versions are released

  1. Download the tracker installer for your platform, choose the Upgrade option and follow the instructions. Upgrades may include Tracker, Xuggle and/or other components.

4. Launch Tracker

  1. Windows: choose the Tracker item in the Start Menu.
  2. OS X: double-click the Applications/ file.
  3. Linux: search for and double-click the Tracker application.

5. Run Tracker from a USB drive (optional)

  1. Download and unzip onto a USB drive. The extracted Tracker-X.XX folder contains the files tracker.jar, tracker_starter.jar and .tracker.prefs.
  2. Plug the USB drive into a host computer with Java installed.
  3. Open the Tracker-X.XX folder on the USB drive and double-click tracker_starter.jar (not tracker.jar) to launch Tracker.
  4. No additional software is needed to open still images and animated GIFs on the host.
  5. If Xuggle is installed on the host then it can be used to open videos.
  6. If QuickTime is installed on the host then it can be used to open videos.

Congratulations! To start using Tracker, see getting started.