Welcome to the ANVIL download page!
First you have to make sure that Java version 6 (usually called 1.6.0 or similar) is installed on your machine. You can download and install the "Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE)" from here: Java Download Page
Select your Anvil installer and run it:
Note that although this is a .jar file you can simply double-click it to start the installation process. For this to work you must have Java installed (see above).
24 Apr 2016
Note for Windows 7 users
If you are using Windows 7 64bit, please download the specific installer above. Note that on the 64bit Windows, no short-cut is placed on your desktop. To start Anvil after installation, go into the installation directory (e.g. C:/program files/ANVIL) and double-click the anvil file.
Notes for Linux users
To install on Linux, download the above .jar file and start it with
java -jar Anvil_5.1.12_Linux.jar
(or whatever the current version is called.) Then, follow the instructions of the installer. To start ANVIL, go to the installation directory and type:
Then, ANVIL's main window should come up.
Anvil 5 comes with substantial integrated documentation: Start Anvil and press the green question mark in the tool bar. More written documentation and frequently asked questions can be accessed from the Anvil webpage.
How to check your Java version
To check which version of Java is installed, you can type "java -version" into a command shell, and you should see something like "java version 1.6.0_17" (the "6" is important). To start a command shell: Under Windows, press Windows key together with "r" and type "cmd". On Mac OS, start terminal.app in your Applications folder.