Plant Base 2 for Linux

The Plant Base edition for Linux is in a long-term Beta test status. This is due to the incredible variety of Linux distributions and desktop environments and also the frequency of new and changed OS versions. We cannot test on them all and therefore it is impossible to guarantee that the Plant Base program and its database will execute correctly on every Linux installation.

Although more recent than the Windows and Mac editions, the Linux edition has been under development for some time and is actually very stable. It performs extremely well on our own systems and is perfectly suitable for day to day use.

In common with the other editions, this is an efficient native application and uses exactly the same database files as the others. It also has the same features - much of the program code is common between all editions.

Reminder - Plant Base is not free software, all editions are "commercial" products. We absolutely respect and admire the tradition of free and open source software, most notably on the Linux platform. Our software has always been offered in the spirit of fairness - our passion is for plants, not profit!


A simple tar archive (.tar.gz) of the files is provided, either full installion or only program update. The files can easily be extracted using the Archive Manager application or by command-line if preferred. We recommended they are installed as a directory under the user's home location. However, the end-user has considerable choice - for example the database part can be placed in a separate directory.

The application files are very simple - to operate correctly the help and language sub-directories need to be in the same place as the program executable and also normally the "prefs" file for run-time settings. The installation archives contain both 64-bit and 32-bit executables, for use corresponding to the operating system. The executable files can be renamed if desired.

Initially new installations will run as a 20 day trial. Further use requires entry of a licence code, issued when purchased. The licence for Windows and Mac editions is also valid for Linux. In some circumstances we may issue a "Linux only" code, which will not work for the other editions.


Resource use is very similar other editions - so nothing special here and will run fine on most PC and laptop hardware, even quite old, low powered ones!

The program uses GTK2 for the user interface. This is pre-installed on the majority of Linux distros. So just extract the installation archive and run "plantbase2prog". On some systems you may need to first set the executable flag in the file properties.

Plant Base for Linux has been successfully tested on the following:-
(all 64-bit and with the default DE, unless noted)

  • MX Linux 17.1 (also 32 bit)
  • MX Linux 18.3 (also 32 bit)
  • MX Linux 19 (also 32 bit)
  • Mint 18.3
  • Mint 19.2
  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu MATE 18.04
  • Manjaro 17.1
  • Antix 19 (32-bit)
  • OpenSUSE 15.1 KDE

FREE licence for Linux Plant Base?

Yes, for the time being we are issuing free licences to run on Linux.

No strings - all we ask is tell us which distro you're running. The licence code will never expire and is valid for future versions. Only for Linux users though - it will not enable the Windows or Mac editions.

Email us your request or for more details.