Before you start...
Understand and accept the limitations implied by LiveTraffic's design approach...there won't be planes everywhere, especially not everywhere on the ground.
This page will then cover
LiveTraffic plugin installation (mandatory)
In the following, all actual actions are put into green boxes like below. Impatient readers may just want to skip to the next green box. The texts inbetween help validating the steps were successful and give background info. You want to read all text if you are new to the matter.
This is what the folder should look like afterwards:
In the further course of the installation we will fill the
.../LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL folder. You may have noticed the
ShippedCSL folder, which contains a ground vehicle courtesy of X-CSL.
CSL Models are models of those planes that LiveTraffic draws into the sky. So you need at least one of the following two possible packages. You could install both if you like. Beginners are recommended to start with the Bluebells. But the X-CSL models are available, too.
With the recent (31-AUG-2020) release 1.3 the installation got a bit easier:
The Bluebell CSL package installation comprises of 12 files if downloaded as ZIP from here, which is recommended and the basis for the following description:
(If you prefer X-Plane.org then there are the same files available.)
Select all rows (e.g. using [Ctrl+A])
right-click, select Download from the popup-menu
Google Drive creates a new archive with those 12 ZIP files, which takes a while, before the download starts. In the end you are downloaded nearly 650 MB
You end up with a
drive-download*.zip. Unzip that so that you get the 12
BB_Airbus2.zip both contain a folder
BB_Boeing1/2/3.zip all contain a folder
BB_Boeing. Depending on how your ZIP tool handles this you either end up
in just one
BB_Airbus folder and one
BB_Boeing folder, and the unzipper asking if you want to overwrite
Credits.txt (say yes, all overwriting versions are equal), and you are done already,
or the unzipper tool creates separate folders to avoid any overwrites. In that case you need to merge all
BB_Airbus* folders and all
BB_Boeing* folders yourself (and again: all Airbus versions of
xsb_aircraft.txt are identical as are all Boeing versions). This might for example looks like this:
In the end, you should have a folder structure like this (only some folders are opened in this screenshot an example):
To be really sure that your installation is correct and free of errors:
You should see about the following in your log. If so, everything's right:
0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO XPMPMultiplayer.cpp:231/XPMPLoadCSLPackage: Loading CSL package from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 24 aircraft (A319, A320, A321, A332, A346, AT72, B733, B737, B738, B739, B744, B752, B763, B772, B773, B77L, B77W, CRJ2, CRJ7, DH8D, E145, E170, F70, MD11) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Leipzig_Air_VA/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 31 aircraft (A332, 3 x C130, C17, 3 x C30J, C5, CL41, E3CF, EUFI, 3 x F16, 2 x F18, G115, 3 x HAWK, M339, 2 x MG29, 3 x PC9, SU27, 2 x TOR, TUCA) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Mil/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 218 aircraft (6 x B462, 8 x B463, 53 x CRJ2, 12 x CRJ7, 8 x CRJ9, 3 x CRJX, DC10, 8 x E135, 12 x E145, 25 x E170, 29 x E190, 11 x E195, 13 x F100, 6 x F28, 4 x F70, 2 x J328, 5 x MD11, 9 x MD83, 3 x MD90) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Jets/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 10 aircraft (4 x B06, 2 x EC35, 4 x S76) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Heli/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 584 aircraft (27 x A306, 6 x A310, 9 x A318, 109 x A319, 183 x A320, 73 x A321, 64 x A332, 43 x A333, 8 x A342, 31 x A343, 7 x A345, 11 x A346, 13 x A388) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Airbus/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 7 aircraft (2 x A319, A320, B738, 3 x MD83) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Repaints/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 16 aircraft (7 x BE20, C150, C172, 4 x C421, H25B, 2 x LJ45) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_GA/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 WARN CSLModels.cpp:416/AddMatchCriteria: Line 12: Different aircraft type (AT42 instead of AT43) for model 'BB_Props AT42_CLG' ignored, rest processed0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 201 aircraft (12 x AT43, 64 x AT72, 7 x D328, 45 x DH8D, 14 x F50, 11 x JS41, 12 x L410, 13 x SB20, 23 x SF34) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Props/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1019/CSLModelsProcessAcFile: Read 733 aircraft (5 x B712, 20 x B733, 13 x B734, 10 x B737, 212 x B738, 13 x B739, 106 x B744, 91 x B752, 142 x B763, 32 x B772, 9 x B773, 26 x B77L, 32 x B77W, 22 x B788) from Resources/plugins/LiveTraffic/Resources/CSL/BB_Boeing/xsb_aircraft.txt0:00:00.000 LT/XPMP2 INFO CSLModels.cpp:1111/CSLModelsLoad: Total number of known models now is 1824
(If you don't see any INFO line then your logging level is to low, increase it at least to INFO in the Advanced Settings and start up X-Plane once again.)
And now go ahead and do your
If you require more help and support check for ways here:
The X-CSL package comes with an installer, which makes installation a breeze:
Create a target directory where the X-CSL models shall be installed, e.g.
Go to the X-CSL Download page and download the latest client. It doesn't matter which one you choose (at the time of writing there was one for X-IvAp and one for Altitude), generally, prefer the updater with the highest version number.
Install the updater somewhere according to their instructions, then start the X-CSL-Updater.
The X-CSL-Updater will not recognize LiveTraffic as a target. You have to tell the updater the specific installation location:
From the updater's menu select "Set Custom Path".
Confirm the warning regarding advanced usage.
Select the folder you created in the first step.
Done correctly, the Custom Path should now be displayed in the main window:
Click the [Index] button: X-CSL Updater will download available models and present them in a list.
From that list you can pick the models you want to install. Multi-selection possible, [Ctrl+A] selects all.
Finally, click [Update] to actually download the models.
You can re-execute the X-CSL Updater any time to add more models or update existing ones to latest versions.
You might need to tell LiveTraffic where you installed the models. Add the path to the CSL Package Paths if it is not below an already configured one, for example like this:
You may find individual CSL models on the internet. For example, there is a CSL Download section on X-Plane.org. A CSL archive contains several files in a folder structure.
Create one folder, which is to collect all those individual CSL models, e.g.
Add this collective folder to LiveTraffic's list of CSL paths, see Settings > CSL > CSL Package Paths. As LiveTraffic searches up to 5 folder levels deep it is sufficient to add just this one top-level path and everything underneath will be found, too.
For each new model:
unpack the ZIP archive that you downloaded,
move the entire folder of the new model unter the collective folder, and
restart LiveTraffic (or all of X-Plane) as new models in existing CSL Packages are loaded on startup only.
This may then, for example, look like this: