For more information on application-based licenses, click here. Please note that the usage of the application-based licenses requires the CODESYS Development System V3.5.19.10 or higher, a Control SL Runtime V4.9.0.0 or higher and the SoftMotion V4.15.0.0 or higher. Please also update your project to the latest version.

CODESYS SoftMotion Axes (4)

CODESYS SoftMotion Axes extends the functional range of CODESYS Control SL systems from pure logic to motion control with optional support for CNC and robotics.

This license is application-based and requires at least the application-based license CODESYS Control Standard S for the PLC.

With this license, up to 4 real axes, and additionally 4 virtual axes, can be controlled.

The CODESYS SoftMotion package can be downloaded with the CODESYS Installer. The release notes are published on the CODESYS website.

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Product Description

CODESYS SoftMotion Axes enables the control of single-axis and synchronized multi-axis movements (electronic cams, electronic gears).

CNC and robotics functionality can be added with a “SoftMotion Axis Groups/CNC Interpolators” license.

Functional principle

  • Engineering of motion control using function blocks

  • Configuration of drives based on the fieldbus support integrated in the CODESYS Development System

  • Separation of application development from drive configuration. The drives in the device tree are accessed symbolically (by name) from the application. Changes in the drive configuration are possible without changing the application.

Typical applications

  • As an additional option for powerful, CODESYS compatible control systems with good real-time behavior (FPU recommended)

  • Actuation of single-axis and multi-axis movements, for example with position and velocity definitions, drive functions, and phase actuation

  • Implementation of electronic cams


Programming System

CODESYS Development System V3.5.19.10 or higher

Runtime System

CODESYS Control Version or higher

Supported Platforms/ Devices

All supported by CODESYS:
  • Real-time capable operating system platforms

  • CPU platforms with available FPU (Floating Point Unit)

  • Devices with integrated fieldbus (EtherCAT, CAN/CANopen, or Sercos)

Additional Requirements

WIBU Codemeter Support

SoftMotion Light works with CiA 402 compatible drives with CANopen or EtherCAT. Compatibility can be checked with the test project SML_CompatibilityCheck_DS402.project




Single device license: The license can be used on the target device/PLC on which the CODESYS runtime system is installed.

Licenses are activated on a software-based license container (soft container), which is permanently connected to the controller. Alternatively, the license can be stored on a CODESYS Key (USB dongle). By replugging the CODESYS Key, the license can be used on any other controller.

Required Accessories

Optional: CODESYS Key


No Support

Technical support is not included with this product. To obtain technical support, please purchase a CODESYS Support Ticket.


For general error messages or pre-sales inquiries, please use the "My Question" contact form directly, which can also be used without logging in. A list of alternative support resources can be found in the support section of the CODESYS Group website.



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