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Download BORIS for Microsoft-Windows

Please acknowledge and cite the use of this software and its authors when results are used in publications or published elsewhere:

Friard, O. and Gamba, M. (2016), BORIS: a free, versatile open-source event-logging software for video/audio coding and live observations. Methods Ecol Evol, 7: 1325–1330.


General information

The user guide is available at So take a look before asking obvious questions ;-)

The first launch of BORIS (just after downloading/unzipping or installing) can be long. So be patient (depending on your system it can require 1 minute).

It is normal to see a black window when you launch BORIS. Do not be affraid it is the Windows Command Prompt. See for details.

Please note that the projects created with v. 7+ will NOT be compatible with versions older than v. 7

Future version (v. 8)

An experimental release of the future main release of BORIS (v.8) is available on (only for Linux and Windows for now).

The VLC media player was replaced by the MPV Media Player. Great improvements were made thanks to this, see version 8 for the details.

BORIS for Windows Portable v.7.13.8

BORIS for Windows 64-bit Portable v.7.13.8

The portable version does NOT need installation and can also be launched from an USB drive. Various BORIS versions may live together on your computer. Just extract the archive and launch the start_boris.bat script.

A video tutorial for downloading and launching BORIS is available:

BORIS for Windows Setup v.7.13.8

BORIS for Windows 64-bit Setup v.7.13.8

The default install path is located in your home directory (for example c:\users\joe\BORIS)

See the revision history for details:

If you want to report a bug, see the how to report a bug page.