ISTA+, ISTA/D and ISTA/P Differences and Requirements

Friendly Reminder for those Requesting Software (ISTA+, ISTA/D and ISTA/P) – See Differences and Requirements.

E-Series & R05x Mini:

Interface = K+DCAN Cable (OBDII to USB) or ICOM

ECU Data Files = SP-Daten

NCS Expert = Coding Software

WinKFP = Programming (Flashing) Software

EDIABAS = Low Level ECU Communication Software used by NCS Expert & WinKFP


Fxx- / Ixx- / Gxx-Series, Mini (F05x/F06x), & Rolls-Royce:

Interface = ENET Cable (OBDII to RJ45 Ethernet) or ICOM

ECU Data Files = PSdZData

E-Sys = Coding Software

E-Sys = Programming (Flashing) Software



ICOM A: main interface

ICOM B: adapter for programming multimedia in E series

ICOM C: adapter for old BMW with round 20 pin diagnostic plug

ICOM D: adapter for motorcycles


Additional Dealership Level Software

  1. ISTA+ (AKA Rheingold or ISTA-D)

DIAGNOSTICS for All Vehicles

PROGRAMMING for F/I/G/RR & MINI, but requires an ICOM

All Requests, should be directed Here

Additional Details: Beginner’s Guide to BMW ISTA+


  1. ISTA-P

PROGRAMMING traditionally for all chassis, but F-/I-/G-series phased out with 3.63.5 release (March 2018).

ICOM Recommended. An ICOM emulator with K+DCAN or ENET can be used, but will NOT communicate over all protocols to program every ECU.

Replacement ECU’s must be NEW


Windows 7-10 Computer

ISTA+: 22 GB Installation + > 2 GB free space to run (Diagnostics Only).

Additional 70 GB SDP & ICOM to program (Excludes E-series)

ISTA-P: 112 GB Installation

At least a processor with 2 cores and 2.2 GHz

At least 4 GB RAM


Last edited by Laurance; 07-09-2019 at 05:38 PM.

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