How to buy a license for Papers

If you like Papers a lot and wish to continue using it after the 30 day trial, we ask you to support our work and buy a license.

##This is how you buy a license for Papers:

  • Download Papers from our Website if you haven't done so and give it a good try (remember, you have 30 days to decide before you need to buy a license).

  • When you're ready to buy a license, go to Purchase Papers from the Help menu.


  • Enter your personal details if Papers hasn't done this already for you, make sure they're correct and choose the number of copies you wish to buy (remember, a single user license allows you to activate Papers on up to 3 of your personal computers (Mac and Windows!).

  • Next click the Buy now button and you will be transferred to Paypal for the final checkout.

  • Once you have paid you will receive both an invoice and a serial number by email.

Are you a student? Get 40% discount

If you're an undergraduate or graduate student you're eligible for a 40% discount on Papers.
Below you'll find the steps to obtain the discount:

Already have a serial number?

You'll find the instructions to activate your copy of Papers with your existing serial number here:

What about volume licenses?

A single user license costs $79 USD / 59 euros, on top of that we have the following discounts:

5 - 9 copies 10% US$71.10 / €53.10 per copy
10 - 24 copies 20% US$63.20 / €47.20 per copy
25 - 99 copies 30% US$55.30 / €41.30 per copy
100 - 499 copies 40% US$47.40 / €35.40 per copy
500+ copies 50% US$39.50 / €29.50 per copy

You can buy a license directly from within Papers2 by visiting the built-in Papers store.

Alternatively we can handle purchase orders for multi-user licenses ourselves, for which we would need the following information:

  • the exact number and type of licenses you wish to purchase
  • a billing address
  • the VAT ID of your institute (if based within the EU only)

If you provide us with the above we can send you a quote on the basis of which you can generate the purchase order. Alternatively you can pay by creditcard (the fastest route), we can send you a payment link if you wish to do so.

What if I don't have a Paypal account?

Note that you don't need a paypal account, Paypal will let you do a guest creditcard checkout as described here:

Can I buy a license without using Paypal?

We can handle purchase orders for multi-user (3 or more copies) licenses ourselves, see the section on volume licenses on what we would need. Single user licenses can only be bought through Paypal at the moment.

Can I buy one or more licenses from outside Papers2

If you cannot use Papers2 or are ordering on behalf of someone else you can order licenses either via purchase order (3 or more copies, see section on volume licenses). Or if you send us your complete billing address (+ institutional VAT ID if applicable) we can send you a creditcard payment request. Once you have paid we can then issue a Papers serial number.

My Mac doesn't support Papers2, can I still buy Papers1?

We only sell Papers2 licenses, however if you buy a Papers2 license we are more than happy to send you a complimentary license for Papers1 that you can use. If you send us your complete billing address (+ institutional VAT ID if applicable) we can send you a payment request. Once you have paid we can then issue a Papers1 serial number.

Can I buy Papers for Mac through the Mac App Store?

Currently this is not possible. We are investigating this route, but this will still take a while as the Mac App store poses too many restrictions at the moment and would require us to remove features from the application.

How do I buy a copy of Papers for iOS?

Papers for iOS is (only) available via the iTunes App store: