System Requirements for Plant Base (versions 2.x.x)

Plant Base is designed for computers running under Microsoft Windows 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems or Apple Mac systems with Intel processors.

Modern PCs and laptops will be more than adequate and the Plant Base program will in fact run on quite old, low specification machines. So in most cases you don't need to worry about the details below.

Minimum requirements summary:


Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10
Pentium processor
512Mb memory
400Mb disk space
1024x576 screen
mouse or other pointing device
CD-ROM (if installing from CD)

Mac OS X

OS X version 10.6 or later
Intel processor
1 Gb memory
400Mb disk space
1024 x 768 screen
mouse or other pointing device



Plant Base Version 1.6.1 will also run on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4

Versions up to 2.1.4 will run on Windows 2000 and a small adaptation can easily enable the latest versions (contact us for details).

A processor speed of at least 800Mz is recommended. However we have run on much slower systems with acceptable results, even old 486 machines!

512Mb RAM or preferably more. Additional memory usually gives better performance with Plant Base than faster processors. The program will run on smaller memory systems but may respond slowly.

Hard disk requirements will vary considerably depending on the amount of data and pictures stored. The current version with all its supplied data and images loaded needs about 350Mb. Most space is taken up by plant pictures. Plant Base version 2 can be installed entirely on external storage.

A CD-ROM drive is not needed unless installing from a CD.

A reasonably good monitor is important. The minimum recommended screen resolution is 1024x768 and a little larger is better. However, Plant Base version 2 has a compact screen mode option for running on Netbooks or other small-screen machines from 1024x576 pixels .... see screen shots

An internet connection is not required. Plant Base is a stand-alone PC application. However, it is possible to create plant references in the form of web hyperlinks. Clicking a hyperlink will attempt to open that web page in your default browser. The Plant Base program does not itself access the Internet directly.

The Windows edition is available as a native 64-bit program, though the 32-bit program will also run under Windows x64. The Mac edition is currently only available as 32-bit.

The Mac edition of Plant Base 2 is a native OSX application for Intel based systems. For older Apple Macs there is no native program, however we have at least one user who has successfully run Plant Base 1 under Windows emulation. The system used was:-

  • PowerPC G5
  • 1.8Ghz
  • 2Gb RAM
  • MAC OSX 10.3.9
  • VirtualPC version 7 with Windows XP Home

There is not yet a native edition for Linux, but development has started.

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