Product code: CANtrace

A Powerful CAN BUS analyzer software

CANtrace is an easy-to-use CAN network analyzer, that lets you trace, decode and plot CAN messages and signals in real-time, or log everything for post processing in the comfort of your office.

It works with your current Kvaser, Vector or Peak hardware and it supports both CANopen and J1939 protocols.

Bundle Offer!

CANtrace + Kvaser CAN-USB interface

Buy now CANtrace software and Kvaser Leaf Light HS v2 bundle for 699,00 euro (Excl. VAT)

(List price for bundle 750€ excl. VAT)


Watch below video to learn how to use J1939 protocol and DBC database file in CANtrace (Watch on YouTube to get best quality)


View and Decode Any CAN Message

Data is transmitted on the CAN bus in 0-8  byte long messages, including a CAN ID and data length (DLC). And the message timestamp from your CAN interface, and that's about all you get from a free CAN tool.



Raw can data

But what does it mean? 

Is it data, configuration or an alarm?

Most free CAN tools will display the raw data, but you have to decode every message manually, flipping through thick protocol manuals to find out what 0x40 really mean.


CANtrace Does the Decoding

With CANtrace you don't have to decode the CAN data manually. The included CANopen and J1939 protocol parser will decode protocol headers, while the connected databases (DBC) will decode signal values.

CAN Data Decoded by CANtrace

CAN data decoded by CANtrace


Use Your Existing CAN Interface

With CANtrace you don't have to invest in expensive CAN hardware to get started. If you are like most CANtrace customers, your engineers already use at least one CAN interface, and with CANtrace it's possible to tie your CANtrace license to your existing hardware.

If you own a CAN interface from any of the following manufacturers, it will work with CANtrace. For Kvaser and Vector hardware, the license is tied to the hardware. For Peak hardware, the license is tied to the PC.  CANtrace can be shared by several people as long as you use the same Vector or Kvaser CAN hardware.    

  • Kvaser (all models) 

  • Vector Informatik GmbH (all models)

  • Peak System (all models)


Human Readable Data (DBC Databases)

Many CAN messages contain several different data values, or signals, and it is a pain to manually decode the binary data.

But it doesn't have to be that way! In CANtrace signals are decoded and displayed in human readable form. The real-world data from your CAN network can be monitored, logged and plotted using familiar engineering units. You will see the RPM and temperature in the same format you are used to.

Signals are decoded using your existing CAN database, in the commonly used DBC format. You can connect a separate database to every CAN interface (channel) and there is even a handy database editor included in CANtrace.


Plot Your Data in The XY Graph

    CANtrace graph x-y

  • CANtrace contains a powerful graphical presentation of data where you can plot multiple signals in a xy graph. 
  • The graph supports multiple J1939 signals as well as signals from manufacturer specific DBC databases.
  • The graph supports multiple data-cursor styles for each signal for you to take the measurements. e.g. X-Y, Y, Period, Peak-Peak and Frequency.
  • The signals can be scaled and moved using simple mouse commands
  • They can be scaled individually or as a group, and signals are color coded for clarity of display.
  • The X-Y graphs can be printed to your standard windows printer with the click of a button
  • The graph can be saved to a file when you need to include it in a report or on your website.

You can produce graphs from data you logged with any CAN logger, as long as it supports the popular Vector asc log format.


Logging and playback log file

CANtrace supports Vector ASCII format CAN log files. Watch this video to learn how to use the logging functionality and how to playback the log file in CANtrace.


Ideal for Field Work

When you find that you need to take your CAN toolbox with you and go on a fault-finding mission outside your office or R&D department you will appreciate that CANtrace was designed from the ground up to be easy to use, and to display well, on a small laptop or handheld display as well as on your standard desktop monitor.

CANtrace in rugged field computer

Install CANtrace on your rugged tablet PC and you will have a CAN logger you can leave for hours or days in the engine compartment of the equipment you are diagnosing.


Download 20-days trial of the full version of CANtrace

Try a full, unrestricted version of CANtrace now to get free email support with your 20-days evaluation.

Paid full license contains one year of free support and upgrades.

Get the trial license by sending CAN hardware name and serial number to:

Read the instruction how to find the right serial number to send   or  watch below short videos to learn

Download CANtrace from here

Drivers for supported CAN hardware:

Kvaser Driver

Vector Driver

Peak Driver



Additional info

Product specifications

CAN Features

  • Fully supports CAN 2.0A, CAN 2.0B and ISO 11898-1
  • Standard 11bit and Extended 29 bit identifiers
  • 1Mbit - 800kbit - 500kbit - 250kbit - 125kbit - 100kbit - 50kbit - 20kbit - 10kbit - 5kbit
  • Up to 9 simultaneous CAN channels supported

CAN Higher Layer Protocol Support​

  • Native J1939 and CANopen support included
  • J1939 transport layer long frame support
  • CANopen node scanner and NMT master commands
  • Database support, in standard DBC format, to decode proprietary protocols.
  • Multiple databases in DBC format (separate database per channel)

Other Features

  • Trace, Data, Plot, Send and Statistics tab
  • Log all CAN messages to Vector ASC compatible log file
  • Connect up to 9 CAN interfaces from different vendors
  • Supports Kvaser, Vector and Peak interfaces
  • Easy to use CAN diagnostic tool
  • Plot data in X-Y graph and print or make images for reports
  • Bus statistics (busload, peak load, frames etc.)
  • Replay log files to trace and graph windows 

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