License key

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What is the license key?

It's a code that is being furnished when the program is purchased and that makes the program fully operational.
The license key is furnished in the following ways:

  • in the box, printed on the flyer that comes with the CD
  • sent by email when bought online with a credit card (for those buying at our resellers or Ateneoweb)
  • printed on the invoice (for those buying directly from us).

IMPORTANT: Keep the license key carefully in a safe place. In case the license key gets lost, read our page Lost license key.


A different license key for Windows, Mac and Linux

According to the user's operating system, different license keys are being furnished.
If a license key for Mac is being entered on a computer with the Windows operating system (and the other way round), the program gives an error message that the license is invalid. 


Starter Edition mode at no cost

If you install the program without entering the license key, the program runs in Starter Edition mode.
With the Starter Edition mode, you can:

  • Use the program in complete mode, entering up to 70 rows into the Transactions table.
    If you have more than 70 rows in the Transaction table you won't be able to save or export the file, and in the print-outs the words "Starter Edition" will appear.

When the license key is being entered, Banana Accounting switches from the Starter Edition mode into the complete mode.


Entering the license key

  • Open Banana Accounting
  • Select the command "Manage license keys" from the "Help" menu
  • Enter the license key number into the appropriate field
  • Click on the "Save license key" button
  • Confirm the operation if asked

Important: After that, the operating system might ask to enter the administrator's credentials (enter the login data).
The license key is in fact being saved for all the users of the computer.


Modifying the license key

Once a license key has been entered, the following dialog appears in the Manage license keys window:

Registration code

Once the license key has been entered, the program displays the registration code.
This code is being used to find the license key that has been entered by the user.

Remove License Key
Serves to remove the license key.


If the license key is not entered, a message that informs the user that he is working in Starter Edition mode appears in the information window and besides the file name in the program header.


Lost license Key

For Banana Accounting 7 the recovery of the license key is considered technical support, which is charged at CHF 70.

It is only possible to recover the license key if you have the installation file of Banana Accounting 7. does not make available the installation files of previous versions (see page

When contacting our technical service, send the registration code that can be found in the Manage License Keys window from the Help menu, or send us a print screen of the same window as an attachment.

As an alternative to the recovery of the lost license key we recommend the switch to Banana Accounting Plus, available as an annual subscription for CHF 69.- or CHF 149.- (plan with advanced functions that also includes email and telephone support). It is possible to upgrade to Banana Accounting Plus even without the license key of the old version.

You also receive free months with the upgrade: