CM/ECF Hardware/Software Requirements

Attorneys will need the following hardware and software to electronically file, view, and retrieve documents in the electronic filing system.

  • A personal Windows or Apple Macintosh (Mac) computer
  • Internet access with a compatible browser
    • Internet Explorer 11 (Ensure Compatibility Mode is on by going to Tools > Compatibility View Settings, then add uscourts.gov.)
    • Firefox/Mozilla 53
    • Safari 10.1
    • Chrome (not supported)
  • NOTE: Edge Browser users please refer to the June 1, 2018 announcement regarding the Edge bug in CM/ECF and PACER.

  • Portable Document Format (PDF) Conversion Software - to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document format (PDF). Examples: Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer, as well as certain word processing programs can perform this function. Adobe Acrobat Version 5 and higher meet the CM/ECF filing requirements. For viewing documents, not authoring them, only Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed.
  • Word processing package - Mac or windows-based versions of WordPerfect and Word whose output can be converted to PDF format.
  • Scanner - to create PDFs of documents currently only available in paper format