Three versions of Open Rails are readily available to users, as shown below:
For first-time users, we recommend the Stable Version which comes with an installer.
Whichever version you choose, Open Rails has a mechanism to notify you of new versions and to update Open Rails for you. You will find the settings for this mechanism in Menu > Options > Update
Open Rails will check for updates at most once a day. If an update is found, then you can install the update just by clicking on the link in the top, right corner:
If you follow the Open Rails project on the forums, then you will hear about bug-fixes and new features. These are included in the Unstable Version for developers and testers to try out. Once they have been checked and approved, they are published (on Friday) as the latest Testing Version. Any user can easily update to the current weekly Testing Version and benefit from these improvements.
For reference all the Testing Versions (executable and source) can be found in our archive.
T1.5.1-757-gef6c1a8c8Merge pull request #865 from Looky1173/dispatcher-window-improvements
3b5a2fe3Apply translations to dropdown menus manually (https://github.com/openrails/openrails/pull/865#issuecomment-1793471838)
ccd1d82bReplaced the legacy `DispatchViewer` with `MapViewer`
67014b77Updated translations (note: they don't work with ContextMenuStrip)
5c0b8894Foundation for translations
699d060aAdded license information
44ab637cReimplemented player actions and basic messaging
a1318b5eMerge branch 'master' into dispatcher-window-improvements
4a5484edFixed static consists without a lead locomotive not appearing in Map window
9b0470afRenamed `DebugViewerBeta` to `MapViewer`
9d8513a0Fixed static consists not showing up on map
3097086bRevert "Update locales"
77a827cfAdded Daylight offset change confirmation message
698c0137Include static consists in the Map window
705126eaCode quality improvements
d00c6d9bReimplemented daylight offset as debug commands
bfba8f08Initial theme switching
54b7a7b2Coloured switch control menu
715841ecRenamed the Dispatcher window to "Map window"
5184abc0Cleaned up code + began rewriting the player list
7d62bb23Code cleanup & increased map zoom out limit
8918de14Re-enabled effects compilation that I disabled erroneously
f0f2a72cAdded signal controls
079300b2Added switch control
bc03dd87Revert "Code Cleanup"
47879c82Dispatcher window improvements continued
2d95fc4cInitial experiments with the Dispatcher window
T1.5.1-722-g01614a154Merge pull request #883 from sweiland-openrails/SwitchPanel
edcc2dd5Socket reconnect timeout changed from1 to 3 seconds
aac4d3f5When switch panel gets disconnected because off ending open rails add dark overlay to the webpage. And try to reconnect.
The current Testing Version can also be downloaded as a Zip archive:
08 December 2023, 92MB
For reference all the Testing Versions (executable and source) can be found in our Testing archive.
Note: Multiple versions of Open Rails will not interfere if they are saved to different folders.
To support development, the latest unstable version is also available, which is updated whenever a developer publishes a change. The unstable versions are more likely to contain serious bugs and are only recommended for users wishing to help with Open Rails development.
For reference all the Unstable Versions (executable and source) can be found in our Unstable archive.
Improvements to Open Rails are drawn from several public sources as shown here:
We try to make sure that these changes all work and fit together by reviews as marked in orange in the diagram.