ACORNS Version 8.62 Downloads

ACORNS is freeware, however, the author, Dan Harvey, retains full copyright privileges to this software. You may install this software on as many computers you want. You may not sell this software for profit or reverse engineer it. Our hope is that it prove useful, but we do not provide any guarantees of its suitability for any purpose. By downloading this software, you agree to abide by the terms just described. Please contact Dan Harvey at if you have questions or comments regarding permissible use.

We create ACORNS using the install4J multi-platform installer builder.

Important Note for recent Mac Systems

Because of increased security requirements on recent Apple systems, the Mac downloads below might not work. The Windows downloads should still work fine. This issue is corrected in the ACORNS 9.0 release. The new load will also include additional lesson types (like those provided by Duo Lingo).

General Notes (Scroll down for the download links)

In addition to the ACORNS application program, this distribution comes with a Lessons folder, which contains sample ACORNS lessons that you can view or use as you wish. It also contains a Pictures folder contains lots of pictures that might be helpful when you create your first language lessons. Documentation includes a userís manual and several small files describing this release. The lesson and picture files are not essential; you can remove them if you wish.

The installers also include the Sound Editor application. Since the Sound also Editor runs from within ACORNS, you donít need to worry about it unless you want to also run it stand-alone. It can be downloaded separately if you are installing from a MAC system.

Note that the Windows and Mac software installers that follow have been digitally signed using an established certificate of authority organization.


Acorns Mobile Player This application "plays" ACORNS lessons distributed by e-mail, Drop Box facilities, or from Web links (please refer to the documentation tab for more details). Per best-practice installation procedures, this application is available on Google Play (category: Education, name: Acorns Mobile Player).
Apple Mobile GalleryPer Apple requirements, this application must be downloaded from Apple Store and installed using iTunes.
Windows - 32 bit version After the download, click to install. The Documentation, sample lessons and pictures will copy to the My Documents/acornsFiles directory.
Windows - 64 bit version After the download, click to install. The Documentation, sample lessons and pictures will copy to the My Documents/acornsFiles directory.
Mac Systems This download link installs with an embedded version of Java. After the download, click on the dmg file, and an installer program will appear. Documentation, sample pictures and lessons copy into the Documents/acornsFiles directory.
Linux tar.gz Bundle Decompress the tar.gz bundle. The acorns executable is AcornsApplication and the Sound Editor is SoundEditor within the SoundEditorV2 directory. You can optionally execute these applications using the respective commands: java -classpath AcornsApplication;plugins/jmf.jar Main or java -jar SoundEditor.jar

These applications require Java to execute, so make sure that you have Java 1.7 or newer installed on your system. You can obtain the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from Oracle. The download is free.

Documentation, pictures and sample lessons are within a LinuxMedia folder. The distribution also comes with a plugins folder, which must be in the same directory as the AcornsApplication executable for the application to run. Otherwise, ACORNS will prompt for you to browse to where you have this directory stored.