VisiCalc 1.x

VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet program for personal computers. It was extremely successful, and pivotal as it was significantly responsible for moving personal computing out of the realm of hobbyists and in to the realm of serious business tools.

It was originally created by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston of Software Arts and first released in 1979 for the Apple II. It was published through Personal Software, who due to the success of VisiCalc, changed their name to VisiCorp.

It was then ported to a wide variety of platforms including the Apple III, TRS-80 series, Sony SMC-70, HP, Commodore, and Atari computers. It was one of the first commercial packages available when the IBM PC shipped in 1981.

After its release, a large number of spreadsheet clones appeared, notably SuperCalc and Multiplan. It was later overtaken by Lotus 1-2-3 until Microsoft Excel claimed world domination.

Also see WinWorld's complete list of preserved spreadsheet products

Installation instructions

Note: This software is copy protected. The "Files" folder contains an unprotected version that is ready to run. The Images folder contains a Copy II PC/Snatchit and Transcopy image that will recreate an original 160k disk with the copy protection intact.

The Images folder also contains a raw 160k disk image with a different unprotect that will permit you to run VisiCalc in an emulator. This enables you to boot the disk directly, which contains PC-DOS 1.1, and use both 80-column VisiCalc and 40-column VisiCalc.

SuperCard Pro and Kryofux images have also been added.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Release date
Minimum CPU
Minimum RAM
Minimum free disk space
User interface


Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
VisiCalc 1.1 for IBM PC 256k (VC-177Y2-IBM) (1982) (5.25-160k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) 1.1 for IBM PC 256k (VC-177Y2-IBM) English x86 5¼ Floppy 10.7MB
VisiCalc 1.1.Manual PDF 1.1 English x86 Archive 30.73MB
VisiCalc 1.74A for Atari 800 32k (1981) (5.25-SSSD) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) 1.74A for Atari 800 32k English mos6502 Archive 7.24MB
VisiCalc 1.74A for Atari 800 32k (1981) Manuals 1.74A for Atari 800 32k English x86 Archive 42.29MB
VisiCalc for IBM PC (VC-202Y2-IBM) (1983) (5.25-160k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) VC-202Y2-IBM English x86 5¼ Floppy 10.28MB


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