Free BMW Standard Tools 2.12 and installation

BMW Standard Tools is a group of software distributed by BMW Group that contains several interoperating applications and drivers, including NCS Expert, WinKFP, NFS, Tool32 etc. Following are the free download and detail installation instruction offered.

Software: BMW Standard Tools 2.12 (INPA, EDIABAS Toolset32, NCS-expert etc)

Hardware: K+DCAN cable, ENET (Ethernet to OBD) cable, ICOM a2+b+c emulator

Where can you get the BMW Standard Tool?

Free download BMW Standard Tools V2.12

Or get it in BMW ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P software HDD

Operating system: Win XP/Win 7

How install and setup BMW Standard Tools (SDT) step-by-step?

NOTE: We use INPA K+DCAN cable here.

Install BMW Standard Tools 2.12

1.First must install bmw_std_tools_2.12, go to the folder and launch bmw_std_tools_2.12 Standard_Tools_Setup_2.12.exe to start the installation.

2.Select language and press OK.


3.We are informed that the installation will begin on the computer and it is recommended to close all other existing applications. Press Next.


4.Accept the license and do next


5.The system will display BMW Standard Tools software information, click on Next to continue


6.Select the program components you want to install (no need driver). Press Next


7.Then the system will ask you if you want to change the locations of the data on your drive, leave it to default.

EDIABAS location:


NFS location


INPA location


NCS Expert location:


8.This part of the setup creates a folder in the start menu to gather all launchers


9.Data backup is optional. You can leave the box to avoid a warning message. Then it will create the icons on the desktop and in the Start menu.


10.You are asked to choose your interface type, STD: ODB for this procedure with K+ DCAN cable.


11.You are asked to choose the serial port to choose com1 and checked the USB box


12.The next program will bring the previous settings information, click “Install” to begin the installation process.


13.The installation is in progress.


14.If the file does not exist you will get a warning message like 4 times, for our 4 files made. Made just skip each time (The catch is can not be in the good order)



15.That installation is complete, select “No, I will restart the computer later” option and click on “Finish” button


16.Now we have to copy the files contained in BMW Standard tools v2.12 ENG 2012 in C: \

If you go into your hard drive you will find at the root folders:


– Ediabas


– NFS-Backup

In the folder BMW Standard tools v2.12 ENG 2012 there are 3 files to copy:


– Ediabas


Merged and replaced all when Windows asks you. Do not delete the files and then replace because you lack data and shall appear bugs.

Configure Cable

1.Installation is completed and we must configure our cable so that it is functional.

2.Connect your K+DCAN cable with computer, Windows will attempt to install a driver.

3.See in the start menu and right click on computer to manage to see this screen:


4.Then go into Device Manager to check if the INPA cable is well connected.


5.Right click and go to property and Driver tab.

Check The driver for Version

If this is not the case made to update the driver, search for a driver on my computer


6.Choose the folder location bmw std tools v2.12 ENG 2012 and select the folder K+DCAN Drivers


7.Windows installs the driver, check the driver version and Close.


In the port setting tab, go to Advanced. Check COM port setting. Here we set to COM1.

8.This is our port is configured there is no tested on the vehicle.

Install Rheingold

If your vehicle is recognized you can proceed to install Rheingold 3.**.**. (Latest Rheingold V2015.04 3.48.30 )

C: \ Ediabas \ Hardware \ OBD ODBSetup.exe start if you have an error launching Seriel port.reg and repeated.

Installation Rheingold

You must have BMW Standard INPA 2.12 with 5.0.6 and 7.3.0 to run Ediabas rheingold

Rheingold is provided in a version without installation.

Unzip the folder where you want and run it by going to:

testergui \ bin \ relase \ istagui.exe

You can make a shortcut on the desktop istagui.exe

Cheap BMW coding software, definition and function

A lot of cheap and power coding software for module coding, module updating, basic scanning etc has been penetrated into BMW market. Following lists some of the coding software and definition/function.

INPA (interpreter for test procedures) is older factory floor diagnostic software, designed to run test procedures. While INPA can be set for English User Interface, most of the Test Procedures, which can be difficult to find, are in German. It is distributed with BMW Standard Tools that implements EDIABAS to perform a host of functions related to testing/reporting/troubleshooting.


BMW Standard Tools – The software suite distributed by BMW Group that contains several interoperating applications and drivers, including NCS Expert, WinKFP, NFS, INPA, and others.


Datens – German for “data sets”. In this context, the term refers to various file types that contain information about the modules found on a given vehicle and how to code them. Datens are distributed as part of ISTA-P software releases, and are typically referred along with the version of ISTA-P they were distributed with. For instance, datens from ISTA-P 2.38 are informally referred to as “v38 datens”.

K+DCAN – subset of the K-line and CANBUS standard. This is the bus standard used by all the systems in BMW (and other late-model) vehicles to communicate with one another. Analogous to a LAN comprised of several computers which all communicate via a standard protocol. A K+DCAN cable is able to connect to an OBD II port and allow another connected device to communicate on the vehicle’s network.


EDIABAS Toolset 32 – Electronic Diagnostic Base System – A proprietary communication protocol/command set developed by BMW and implemented in all their vehicles. All proprietary BMW software uses EDIABAS to communicate with the vehicle.


Module – A standalone computer that performs one or more related, specialized functions in the vehicle. Modules are not centrally located; they are found all throughout the vehicle. Modules communicate with other modules and systems on the CAN network, and implement the EDIABAS standard.


NCS Expert – Software application distributed with BMW Standard Tools that can communicate directly with any module on the CAN network. NCS Expert can, among other things, read the configuration codes from modules and write new configurations to them.


WinKFP— WinKFP is for flashing/reprogramming modules. It will be able to update modules manually, but again, try to avoid it unless necessary. Updates usually contain only minor changes you’ll never really notice in most cases.


E-sys— BMW Coding software for F series. Come be work with BMW ENET (Ethernet to OBD) cable and ICOM emulator.

ISIS–(now known as ISPI) has multiple components to the workshop system. The main server is IBASE (or ISIS). This is the central repository and installation point of all the data.

ISSS–is Integrated Software Service Station. This facilitates the programming sessions and stores the programming data. ISTA/P invokes an available ISSS for a programming session.

BMW Rheingold— a new system for the diagnosis of BMW. Works with E and F series. Come to replace ISTA/D.

ISTA/D (aka Rheingold) is current dealership diagnostic software for all Exx and Fxx cars. ISTA/D is the replacement for older dealership DIS diagnostic software.

ISTA/P–is the replacement for older delaership SSS Program programming software.

ISTA/P & ISTA/D are designed to be used with an ICOM Interface emulator, and with full ICOM A+B+C, you can connect to older cars. The ICOM “C” Connection is for the older BMW ADS 20-pin round “Pacman” connector in Engine Bay. You can find versions of ISTA/D with an ICOM Emulator builtin, that allows you to use it with an ENET Interface for Fxx cars and a DCAN Interface for Exx cars. I don’t know for sure, as I do not do any Exx work, but I doubt ICOM Emulator would work for older ADS connector.v20154-rheingold-ista-d-for-bmw-icom-new-hdd-1BMW Scanner V1.4.0 BMW Scanner V1.4.0 PA-Soft intended to work with BMW 3, 5, 7 series, X3, X5 SUV and Z4 roadster cars. It is cable to access and code chassis, model, engine, gearbox and complete set.scanner-for-bmw-never-locking-1