SimVim Software - Terms of Use

All SimVim Software is free and provided as-is for personal, non-commercial home use only!

Our interface is a composite system consisting of the firmware for the controller (Atmega2560 based) and plugin, which cannot work separately and are used together only! Arduino is used only as a convenient controller platform for SimVim firmware and cannot be custom-programmed as the "usual" Arduino.

Our policy:

We are strongly against aggressive commercialization of flight simulator community and excessively overpriced hardware that often are represented as "cheap" products for home cockpit builders, using lack of information that people have.
Do not ask us about "licensing", percentages and using our software in your expensive products.

Our project and all information on our web pages should inspire people to technical creativity, showing them that it's not necessary to spend a lot of money to realize their dreams.

We wish that any enthusiast with the desire to create a home cockpit could have free access to all needed software and technical information, and they should know that instead of purchasing expensive hardware, they can build any cockpit themselves, spending a few hours and using very cheap or free materials and free software.

Sure, every cockpit builder needs to do a lot of hand work, but this is a very exciting hobby, and we hope our SimVim project and other free resources would save them a lot of time and money and help them realize their dreams.

This website is for home cockpit builders, not for cockpit buyers and money-makers!

We welcome really cheap cockpit parts and convenient "DIY kits" for home cockpits builders, any instructive resources for home cockpit builders, 3D-printed parts and free models for 3D printing and CNC, and so on!

Read "To buy or make?" here.

- SimVimCockpit firmware (or older ArdSimX code) cannot be included (as part) and uploaded as code in any commercial hardware product!

- It's not allowed to embed SimVim Panels software and ArdSimX/SimVimCockpit firmware into your commercial software products.

- You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SimVim Software.

- It's not allowed to keep any of our files on other web resources or include them in the package of any products you sell.

SimVim software, firmware, plugins can be downloaded from SimVim.com website only!


SimVim interface is provided AS-IS without any warranties, it constantly develops and improves. Both the plugin protocol and firmware were significantly changed several times from version to version and new releases of the interface can have further changes in protocol and configuration.

For Cockpit Builders:

The SimVimCockpit interface is very easy to use with do-it-yourself cockpit hardware. You can easily install and update the SimVim firmware and create/change the configuration suitable for your particular cockpit of any complexity due to the extensibility and flexibility of the SimVim Cockpit.

You don't need to buy something special, all you need is common switches, buttons, LEDs, displays and one controller board. And your hands.

If you are going to buy some panels, modules, devices to implement them in your cockpit and use with SimVim interface, make sure they have no any built-in electronics, controller board (Arduino). The maximum what you need is that they have the necessary switches, LEDs, to which you have free access to connect (solder) wires.

! We do not provide support for any commercial cockpit hardware that you could buy somewhere as a module with an embedded controller board (Arduino), with loaded SimVim firmware, with all the switches connected to it. We are not responsible for any problems that you may encounter, or once this device stops working after next updating of the SimVim plugin.

For Hardware Sellers:

If you are making and selling hardware products for home cockpit builders consider the following thinking about using them with SimVim/ArdSimX:

  • Design your product in such a way that all wires from switches, encoders, displays or multiplexers, would be easily accessible on wire terminal blocks or connectors of your device, and people could connect them to any interface they prefer to use (our SimVimCockpit or any other third-party, such as "Leo Bodnar", "Link2FS", "Teensy", "MobyFlight", etc.).

  • Don't integrate controller board (Arduino), to be used with SimVim interface, into your "fully-enclosed" device even if it doesn't include our firmware - this not only adds costs but limits SimVim users in connection options for a large number of other input/output controls.
    You have an opportunity to produce cheap, convenient bezels, kits and DIY-modules with all knobs and switches in their places, but without the need to include any complex electronics inside your products!

  • Do NOT mislead (cheat) people by trying to present your product as more complex and expensive than it actually is (when it can be just a few switches), by including a controller board (Arduino), which functionally fully depends on our firmware, into your fully enclosed device. Such enclosed device will always look like a fully independent finished product for the customers, no matter what you write on your sales page.

  • You can describe that your product is suitable for SimVimCockpit Interface or for one of many other third-party interfaces. If it can be used with our software just place a direct link to our website pages, online configurator.

If you want to use our software as a simulator interface for the purposes of technical education and creativity in some non-profit institutions and public places (schools, museums, etc), please contact us, we will provide the suitable version for you. When you start using SimVim Interface, please specify all our credentials on the webpages displaying your project.

SimVim Team.

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