ZebraDesigner 3 Software Support

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ZebraDesigner Professional 3 edition is provided as a demo and requires an activation key to enable full functionality. 

ZebraDesigner 3 barcode label design software makes creating industry standard and compliant labels based on fixed or variable data simple. Choose from two editions:

  • ZebraDesigner Essentials is our free Windows-based WYSIWYG software offering basic barcode label design and print features (no license key required).
  • ZebraDesigner Professional offers a more robust toolset to create complex label designs, including RFID support, database connectivity, simple VB scripting and data manipulation and concatenation. It requires purchase of a one-time activation license key.

Find out Differences between Essentials and Professional


Important Notice

Microsoft identified an issue in a March 2021 Windows 10 update that caused the following error when attempting to print to certain printers from some applications. If you experience this error or other printing related issues, read the article to learn more:

"Invalid Encryption Method" Error Is Returned When Starting ZebraDesigner Professional 3


Please see the ZebraDesigner product page for additional features and details. 






ZebraDesigner v3.2.1.577

Release Date: 

October 2021

Device Compatibility

Zebra printer models supported in the ZDesigner v8 and v5 drivers for Windows. Where applicable, ZDesigner v8 driver is recommended with ZebraDesigner 3.

See the Software Requirements tab below for additional system and compatibility requirements.


ZebraDesigner 3 Release Notes Download 149 KB



Both the FREE ZebraDesigner Essentials 3 and PAID ZebraDesigner Professional 3 editions will be installed.
The application will initially run as the free Essentials edition.
At any time you may choose to start a 30-day trial of the Professional edition or activate a purchased license key. After the 30-day trial has expired, the software will revert to the free Essentials edition

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Installation Requirements

Operating System (32 or 64 bit): 

Windows 11
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Server 2019 
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2


Microsoft .NET Framework v. 4.5

ZDesigner Windows driver v. 8 or above is recommended
If support for CPCL or EPL printer command languages is required, ZDesigner Windows driver v. 5.x can be used 



Intel or compatible x86 family processor
1 GB available disk space
1366 x 768 or higher resolution display

Remote Desktop Services:

With the exception of Hyper-V technologies, Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Machines are not supported.


ZebraDesigner 2 label files

Can be opened/edited in ZebraDesigner Essentials 3

ZebraDesigner 2 Pro label files

Can be opened/edited in ZebraDesigner Professional 3


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