How do I move Geneious Prime to another computer?

We recommend doing a fresh installation of Geneious Prime on your new computer, rather than migrating the software across.  This will ensure the licensing component of Geneious is set up correctly on your new computer.  Installers are available from our Downloads and Previous Versions pages.  The first time you run Geneious on your new computer you will need to activate your license again.  

The Geneious database is stored separately from the Geneious application so to transfer your data you will need to move the database folder.  The database is typically found in the User’s home directory in a folder called Geneious X.Y Data (where X.Y denotes the Geneious version).  The safest way to transfer your Geneious database to another computer is to make a backup of your database using the Backup function in Geneious, then restore the database from the backup on the new machine.  Alternatively, you can copy the Geneious data folder to the new computer and then set the data storage location to this folder in the Geneious Preferences.  However you must make sure the entire folder, including all hidden subfolders, is copied otherwise your database will become corrupted (Windows explorer may truncate file paths longer than 256 bytes, which will corrupt your database).

If you are no longer going to use Geneious on your old machine you should also release the license from this machine. This can be done by opening Geneious on your old computer and going to Help->Release License. Note that there are a limited number of releases available within a given period of time and trying to release too often may be misconstrued as a user trying to share a personal license with others. Only release a license when absolutely necessary.


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    Ademir Martins

    I installed Geneious in my office IMac. Can I have it also in my macbook with the same license? 

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    Helen Shearman

    If you are using a personal license, you can activate the license in Geneious on up to three computers at time, although only one copy of Geneious may be open and running with the license at any time.

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    Sean McCotter

    Say that I am unable to release my license due to a corrupted hard drive or some other malfunction which caused me to lose my installation. Can I release a license in any other way? I have used 2 of my 3 activations, one of which was on my computer which no longer functions.

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    Helen Shearman

    You should contact us with the details of your license in this instance.

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    Daniel Fulop

    I didn't create a backup in my old computer, and I am unable to do so.  I am now trying to import an R6.1 database into a fresh R9 installation, and despite pointing Geneious to the proper "Geneious 6.1 Data" directory in the General Preferences the data isn't being imported.

    Is there something else I can do to retrieve / import my data? 

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    Moreland Gibbs

    Although you say you didn't create a backup, I assume your R6.1 database is a backup from somewhere?

    Are you getting a error message when you set the path in Geneious R9 to your old R6 data folder, or is the folder loading OK but nothing shows up in the Sources column in Geneious? 

    If it is the latter then the data folder you are loading may be empty.  You may want to check if you have any other Geneious data folders in the same location and try loading those.


    If you are getting errors then let us know what they are.

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    I now have my data and Geneious Prime on Windows. I want to transfer all of them to Linux on the same computer while I keep them on Windows. Would it be possible to tell me where should I start from? I have personal license.

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    Sebastián Muñoz Leal

    Hi, I have a perpetual personal license for Geneious R9 installed on my Macbook. Is it possible to install Geneious R9 and transfer the license to a new computer?

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    Hilary Miller

    Hi Sebastian, yes this is possible following the instructions in the article above. Installers for R9 are available at You may also need the Catalina licensing fix if your new computer runs MacOS Catalina (see
    Don't forget to release your license from your old computer if you are no longer going to be using it.