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Mesquite installation for Windows

System Requirements: Java 1.8 or higher.

  1. If you have an older version of Mesquite, you may want to delete it (by deleting Mesquite_Folder), so as to avoid getting confused as to what version of Mesquite is starting up. First, however, you may want to take from Mesquite_Folder/mesquite any third party packages (e.g., PDAP, TreeSetViz) before deleting the directory.
  2. Mesquite requires Java to be installed. If you don't have it installed, Mesquite should ask you to install it the first time it runs. In case that doesn't happen, you can download Java from
  3. Download the latest version of Mesquite from the Mesquite Github repository. For Windows, use the file ending in .zip.
  4. Extract all of the files from the zip. You will see a Mesquite_Folder. Place this Mesquite_Folder where you want on your hard drive, though if it is in a folder that requires a password for you to modify, you may have problems updating in the future. The contents of Mesquite_Folder should be approximately as follows:
  1. Double click one of the Mesquite_Starter icons to start Mesquite. If you don't have Java installed, you may be asked to install it.
  2. Which Mesquite_Starter should you use? We offer several different versions because the diversity of Java versions make it too challenging to provide you a single solution. The different versions of Starters also provide different amounts of memory. Try them, and see what works. For more complete instructions about starting Mesquite, and what can go wrong, see the file Mesquite_Starter_INSTRUCTIONS-Windows.txt.
  3. If the text in Mesquite is too small, you may need to adjust the properties of your Starter executable. To do this, Right-click on the Mesquite_Starter icon that you want to use, and choose Properties. The following instructions are for Windows 10; you will need to find the equivalent for other Windows versions. In the Properties dialog box, go to the Compatibility tab. Touch the "Change high DPI settings" button. In the dialog box that appears, check "Override high DPI scaling behavior.", and in the popup menu under "Scaling performed by:" choose "System". Press OK on this dialog, and then OK on the other dialog box.

Requirements: Tested on Windows XP through Windows 10. Java 1.8 or later required.

More details of issues of using Mesquite under Windows are described in the Support page.
(Please email us (info {at} with questions or comments about downloading Mesquite).