Sunday, April 5, 2020

The World's Premier Listing Software
for Birders and Naturalists!

Celebrating 25 Years Serving Birders
and Naturalists around the World!

Program Requirements


Birder's Diary is a Microsoft Windows application. As such it will run on any Microsoft Windows computer running 98 or later. Recommended minimum requirements are: Windows XP; 500 MHz or better processor; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); 120MB free space on a local hard drive.


Birder's Diary will run on MACs, but only if you first install emulation software capable of running Windows applications (e.g. Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare), or you can install Bootcamp and Windows onto your Macintosh with Intel processor. VirtualBox by Oracle is FREE, very easy to setup and use. Read this article about install and setup for MAC OS users. It's this easy with VirtualBox...

  1. Install VirtualBox from, including the extension pack. User Guide/Manual here.
  2. Purchase your Windows OS (Win7, Win10, etc.) from an online site, such as Starting at ~$25. The purchase includes an electronic download of Windows in ISO format; the file used by VirtualBox. Move your new ISO file into your /VirtualBox directory on your MAC.
  3. With VirtualBox installed, run the application, create a new virtual machine (VM) and specify to create the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD, VDI). Now start the new VM, you will be prompted to load the ISO file. Install Windows using the Custom Upgrade option.
  4. After Windows has completed installation, now you can install Birder's Diary from this site and begin using it.

The whole process, depending on Internet speed and Computer speed/memory takes less than 30 minutes; most of it waiting for the download of the ISO file!

Mobile Apps

With version 4.1 of Birder's Diary, it supports import of data recorded on your favorite Mobile App (such as BirdLog and Birdwatcher's Diary) and any App that uploads its data to eBird. See videos demonstrating this process at the Birder's Diary YouTube channel.