Current versions of BlackBox are for Windows operating systems. They are Win32 applications.
They can be run under Wine on Unix platforms.
Native Macintosh versions are no longer available.
All three download formats install the same software.
The earliest versions of BlackBox were created and published by Oms (Oberon microsystems AG) in commercial and "free for educational use" versions. The original version was called Oberon/F, with the name BlackBox Component Builder adopted later. The final Oms version is a free and open source release; Version 1.6 dated 11-October-2013.
Since then an organisation of volunteers called the "BlackBox Framework Center" has formed to maintain and develop the software.
The current stable Center release is Version 1.7 (Build 694, 13-September-2016). This is recommended for new users and for general use. Stable links are updated infrequently.
The latest experimental alpha release 1.7.1 is available here. These versions are updated frequently, and are binary compatible with users applications developed using Version 1.7.
A repository of all Center development versions is available.
Other, non Center, BlackBox forks are available from:
The last (11-Oct-2013) Oms version is available from:
In addition, there are compilers for the language Component Pascal (a small part of the BlackBox framework) available from: