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Entry type: Product note Entry ID: 109747706, Entry date: 06/01/2017

Sales and delivery release for SIMATIC STEP 7 V5.6

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The STEP 7 V5.6 has been released for delivery.

The following topics have been updated

Operating systems

  • As of STEP 7 V5.6, the operating systems MS Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, MS Windows Server 2012 as well as MS Windows Server 2016 are supported. For more detailed information on this, refer to the attached "Readme.rtf" file. Or click on the link below for the compatibility list.

Hardware configuration and diagnostics

  • As of STEP 7 V 5.6 the assistant for loading H - Stations now offers an option for time optimization.


  • As of STEP 7 V5.6 bookmarks can be used within the STL editor.

System diagnostics

  • For STEP 7 V5.6, the "Process objects" tab of the module state has been renamed "SEC" (System Expansion Card) and additional properties are shown for the license status.


  • As of STEP 7 V5.6, the number of selected objects are shown in the status bar.

Checking block consistency

  • As of STEP 7 V5.6, you can perform an extended consistency check for projects with symbolic addressing. You can find detailed information in the help for block consistency under the heading "Extended consistency check."


  • To ensure high security standards, our software is given a digital signature, among other things. This signature is checked by the operating system to detect any possible modifications made to the software from outside sources.

    If you are unable to install the product or an individual HSP, this may mean that the certificate stored in the operating system must be renewed. You can find more information on this at 109747789 

  • It is not longer possible to install S7 PDIAG V5.3 when using STEP 7 V5.6.

  • Please note that this is a new version of STEP 7. It is not possible to operate this product with licenses from the previous STEP 7 versions. This includes the current STEP 7 Professional V14 Combo licenses. Upgrade packages as well as PowerPacks are available with the release of STEP 7 Professional 2017.

Ordering data

The products with article numbers (order numbers) are listed in the attached file:

 Registrierung notwendig  STEP_v5_6_Orderlist.pdf (69,7 KB)

The japanese version will be released at a later point and therfore will have its own delivery release.

STEP 7 V5.6 Upgrade:

Customers using STEP 7 V5.3, V5.4, or V5.5 can purchase an upgrade. The precondition for installation of the upgrade package is a valid license for STEP 7 V5.3, V5.4, or V5.5.

STEP 7 V5.6 Rental License:

Users who only work with STEP 7 occasionally, can purchase a Rental License with an operating time of 50 hours. The time starts elapsing when STEP 7 is started and stops when STEP 7 is closed.
The changeover to Idle State / Standby Mode of your PC with opened STEP 7 software does not stop the elapsing time.

STEP 7 V5.6 Trial License:

Users who wish to know more about STEP 7 can obtain a Trial License. The Trial License will run for 21 days, beginning with the first start of STEP 7. During this period the software has full functionality.

Trial software download

Trial versions of the STEP 7 V5.6 can be downloaded and tested using this entry: 109747981.


 Registrierung notwendig  README.RTF (487,7 KB)

 Registrierung notwendig  STEP_7_V56_-_Compatibility_list.pdf (433,9 KB)

Security information
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