Saxonica: Downloads further information

Further information for downloads

Saxon-HE, Saxon-PE and Saxon-EE can be downloaded from the download page.

Release Notes

Details of all bugs can be found on the Saxonica community site. Bug reports and support requests can also be submitted there (clients who prefer not to do this in public are provided with a Saxonica email address to use instead).

To receive notification of new major and minor releases, please subscribe to the release announcements news feed. This is used only for routine announcements of new software releases.

Details of changes in major software releases are included in the Change History section of the documentation.

For release notes specific to the Saxon/C products, see Saxon/C release notes.

Installing the Software

On the Java platform, the software is issued as a ZIP file which you can unzip into any suitable directory. The resulting folders will contain executable commands (net.sf.saxon.Transform, net.sf.saxon.Query, and (EE-only) com.saxonica.Validate) which you can use directly, as described in the Getting Started section of the documentation; as well as JAR files which you can place on the classpath of your Java application.

On the .NET platform, the software is issued as an executable installation script which you should execute; it will prompt you for all required information.

For information on installing the Saxon/C products for the C/C++/PHP platforms, see the Saxon/C page.

The software needs to be activated with a license key. You can apply for a free 30-day evaluation license, or you can purchase a license. The license key is delivered by email, and comes with its own installation instructions.

Saxon 9.8.0.4 can be used with any license key issued after 16 August 2016, unless special terms apply. Customers holding license keys issued before that date will need to purchase an upgrade. To purchase an upgrade, please buy the product as if you were a new customer, quoting the serial number of your existing license. A refund will then be given based on the date your existing license expired, as explained in the upgrade policy.

In the event of any problems, please contact Saxonica Orders.

Earlier Releases

Since release 9.2, the product previously known as Saxon-SA has been called Saxon-EE, reflecting the fact that there is now far more to the product than just schema awareness.

For details of the main features introduced in earlier versions of the Saxon software, see the Change History section of the Saxon documentation.

Because some third-party applications have dependencies on older Saxon releases, the most recent maintenance release for each of the last few major versions remains available for download, and will work with newly issued license keys. Please note that Saxonica will only produce bug fixes for these earlier releases in exceptional circumstances.


Java .NET
Saxon 9.6
2 December 2016
Saxon-PE 9.6.0.10J
Saxon-EE 9.6.0.10J
Saxon-PE 9.6.0.10N
Saxon-EE 9.6.0.10N
Saxon 9.5
15 April 2015
Saxon-PE 9.5.1.10J
Saxon-EE 9.5.1.10J
Saxon-PE 9.5.1.10N
Saxon-EE 9.5.1.10N
Saxon 9.4
27 June 2013
Saxon-PE 9.4.0.9J
Saxon-EE 9.4.0.9J
Saxon-PE 9.4.0.9N
Saxon-EE 9.4.0.9N
Saxon 9.3
17 Nov 2011
Saxon-PE 9.3.0.11J
Saxon-EE 9.3.0.11J
Saxon-PE 9.3.0.11N
Saxon-EE 9.3.0.11N
Saxon 9.2
8 Oct 2010
Saxon-PE 9.2.1.5J
Saxon-EE 9.2.1.5J
Saxon-PE 9.2.1.5N
Saxon-EE 9.2.1.5N