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BORIS - Behavioral Observation Research Interactive Software

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BORIS is an easy-to-use event logging software for video/audio coding or live observations.

BORIS is a free and open-source software available for GNU/Linux and Windows. You can run an old version of BORIS on MacOS.

It provides also some analysis tools like time budget.

The BORIS paper has more than 1200 citations in peer-reviewed scientific publications.



The documentation provides a good starting point for learning how to use BORIS:

Some video tutorials are available:

Bug reports and feature requests

To search for bugs, report them or request a feature, please use the github tracker:

Citing BORIS

Please acknowledge and cite the use of this software and its authors when results are used in publications or published elsewhere. You can use the following BibTex entry

@article {MEE3:MEE312584,
author = {Friard, Olivier and Gamba, Marco},
title = {BORIS: a free, versatile open-source event-logging software for video/audio coding and live observations},
journal = {Methods in Ecology and Evolution},
issn = {2041-210X},
url = {},
doi = {10.1111/2041-210X.12584},
pages = {1324--1330},
keywords = {behavioural analysis, behaviour coding, coding scheme, ethology, observational data, ttime-budget},
year = {2016},


Distributed with a GPL v.3 license

Copyright (C) 2012-2023 Olivier Friard

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