FORScan Supported Adapters, Protocols, and Platforms

FORScan Supported Adapters, Protocols, and Platforms

NOTE: This information is an excerpt from the FORScan home page. FORScan Home

Supported adapters:

  • OBDLink EX USB, recommended USB adapter for Windows version of FORScan, also for configuration and programming functions.
  • vLinker FS USB, recommended USB adapter for Windows version of FORScan, also for configuration and programming functions.
  • OBDLink MX+ BT, recommended Bluetooth adapter for Lite versions of FORScan (iOS, Android).
  • vLinker FD BT, recommended Bluetooth adapter for FORScan Lite for Android
  • OBDLink SX/LX/MX.
  • ELS27 (STN1170/2120).
  • ELM327-compatible (fully compatible with original ELM327, please also see important note below).
  • J2534 Pass-Thru.

Important Note: After many years of continued project development, even the few ELM327 that have relatively good quality, ceased to meet all of the FORScan requirements. The majority of the adapters that are being sold under ELM327 trademark have quite dubious quality, in fact, they have nothing common with the famous “ELM327” brand name. Thus we do not recommend any “ELM327” anymore. If possible, please use adapters recommended above (OBDLink, vLinker). FORScan will continue to support ELM327 adapters, but some new functionality may be limited or refuse to work on outdated adapters.

Also, see this posting by the FORScan team about counterfiet adapters:
Attention! Crooks sell “FORScan” and “FORScan Pro” adapters - FORScan forum

Supported protocols and bus:

  • FORD HS CAN
  • FORD MS CAN (only for J2534-2, CANtieCAR, OBDLink EX/MX/MX+, ELS27, or modified ELM327)
  • FORD SCP
  • FORD 9141
  • FORD UBP (only for Ford VCMII)

Supported platforms:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (ELM327-compatible adapters with COM, USB, Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces, J2534 PassThru adapters).
    Note: Only x86/x64 architecture is supported for Windows. ARM architecture is not supported!
  • iOS v9.0 and higher (OBDLink MX+, ELM327 BLE and WiFi adapters)
  • Android v4.0 and higher (ELM327 Bluetooth and WiFi adapters)

Note: Windows 11 seems to support FORScan properly at this point but is not noted by the FORScan team as yet.