Running on a Mac

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Running on a Mac

The only version of ACCOUNTS that you can run directly on a Macintosh (Mac) computer is the OnDemand version, because it is cloud-based and run through just a small OnDemand client program that is also available for Macs. It will still look like a Windows program when you run it though!


For all other versions, the following information applies.


The answer to whether you can run ACCOUNTS on a Mac is "yes and no". First, ACCOUNTS is a program designed only for Microsoft Windows, and we do not expect that to change, because the programming language we write it in is not available for the Mac.


However, some newer Macs have Intel processors and allow you to boot up to either the Mac operating system or Windows. In that case, it is just like running on a regular Windows PC.


There are also programs available for your Mac such as Parallels ( that allow it to run Microsoft Windows programs. (You also have to buy and install a copy of Windows to use with Parallels.) We do know of some users who have done this successfully. If you try this, be sure to reboot your Mac after the installation of ACCOUNTS. One user has reported that the PDF printer installed with ACCOUNTS would not work for them under an earlier alternate to Parallels (VirtualPC), however.


We have to make one thing clear, however, if you do want to try using programs like Parallels to run ACCOUNTS. We don't own a Mac, and we have no particular expertise with Macs. Thus, although we can answer the same how-to questions etc. as we would answer for users of ACCOUNTS on Windows, if you are using products like Parallels and you have any problems that are specifically related to running it on a Mac, we may not be able to help you with them. Sorry!


Your other option of course is to find a Windows PC you can run the program on, or have someone else do so!


This topic was last edited on May 3, 2021