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10 Best Free POS Software Solutions in 2019

Lauren Fram
Lauren Fram  |  September 24, 2018

There are a few things you need to start a business.

1) Something to sell

2) Somewhere to sell it

3) Something to manage the transactions

4) A dream (optional)

Back in the day, that meant a storefront, a cash register and whatever inventory or supplies for the service you were hoping to provide. Today, pretty much all you need is a smartphone or laptop with internet access and some inventory.

It’s easier than ever to set up an e-commerce business that runs out of your home with one of the many e-commerce platforms, but some entrepreneurial people want to set up something like a restaurant, a booth at a convention or a stand at a farmers market. For these people, restaurant POS software and retail POS software are a necessity to process in-person credit card payments or other transactions.

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To help you find the perfect free POS system for you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 free POS systems to help you start or expand your business.

Ideally, a restaurant or storefront will have a full cash register setup with a cash drawer, card reader and maybe a barcode scanner. However, for a business just starting out, this hardware paired with a fancy POS system can be extremely expensive. For those just starting out or running a mostly e-commerce business with occasional face-to-face interaction, free POS software provides just the right amount of functionality for no cost.


Best free POS software

The list we’ve outlined here includes any restaurant or retail POS solution with an available free offering. It should be noted that this does not include products that are only free on a temporary basis, such as limited trial versions for new users. They may only support one user or one project, but they’re truly free offerings. Scaling, however, will often require full investments.


These products alone have well over 300 validated user reviews on G2 Crowd as of August 17, 2018, and only represent a small portion of the 400-plus restaurant and retail POS software offerings listed on our platform. Whenever possible, the products are ranked by user satisfaction score.

Here is an in-depth review of the best free POS software in 2018.

1. Square POS

 Square free pos software

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Square has created a truly mobile POS system that works with nearly any mobile device. By using Square’s small magstripe reader that plugs into any phone’s headphone jack, users only pay 2.75 percent per swipe. Without any additional hardware, the service is completely free at signup.

Free option:

  • Reader for magstripe that plugs into a mobile device’s headphone jack (2.75 percent fee per swipe)

Paid option:

  • Reader for contactless and chip: $49 for the hardware, plus 2.75 percent per dip or tap
  • Tablet stand for contactless and chip $169 for the hardware, plus 2.75 percent per dip, tap or swipe
  • Register: $999 or $49/month for 24 months for the hardware, plus 2.5 percent + 10 cents per dip, tap or swipe

Features:

  • Analytics and sales reports
  • Inventory management
  • Integrated payment processing
  • Invoicing
  • Employee management
  • Payroll
  • Marketing
  • Loyalty programs

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2. Imonggo

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Image courtesy of Imonggo

Imonggo is a free POS software solution that does not require any hardware aside from a computer or mobile device. Suited particularly for retail stores, Imonggo is also available as an iPad app and can be integrated with Xero, an online accounting tool.

Free option:

Standard version: one branch, one user, 1,000 product limit, integrated inventory management

Paid option:

  • Premium: $30/month

Features:

  • Sales analysis
  • Inventory management
  • Reward promos
  • Customer membership
  • Work offline
  • Email receipts
  • Customer and supplier management

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3. Floreant POS

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Image courtesy of Floreant POS

Floreant POS is one of the first free and open-source restaurant POS systems able to handle enterprise-grade restaurants. Floreant was created in 2008 when a Denny’s restaurant hired the Floreant team to upgrade its database.

Free option:

  • Available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Paid option:

  • Floreant is open source; the developer welcomes donations

Features:

  • Menu builder
  • Payroll
  • Advanced reports
  • Kitchen display options
  • Plugins
  • Mobile support

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4. Loyverse POS

Loyverse POS free pos software

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Loyverse POS is a free POS system for mobile devices. Loyverse offers its own  hardware and integrates with a variety of POS hardware and card readers. The platform can also integrate with a variety of payment providers.

Free option:

  • Available for iPhone, iPad and Android systems

Paid option:

  • Employee management optional add-on: $5/month per employee or $50/year per employee (or $50/month or $500/year for unlimited employees)
  • Advanced inventory optional add-on: $25/month per store or $250/year per store

Features:

  • Printed or electronic receipts
  • Refunds
  • Cash management
  • Discounts
  • Open tickets
  • Item modifiers
  • Offline mode
  • Manage multiple locations
  • Credit card payments
  • Inventory management
  • Employee management
  • Sales analytics
  • Loyalty programs

Browse Loyverse POS user reviews →


5. Chromis POS

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Image courtesy of Chromis POS

Chromis POS is a free, open-source POS software that was initially created for a tropical fish shop operated by a friend of one of the developers. Since that first build, the platform has expanded to include restaurant functionality with kitchen display screen software.

Free option:

  • Available for Windows

Paid option:

  • Chromis POS is open source; the developer welcomes donations

Features:

  • Multiple sale modes
  • CSV import for product list
  • Barcode supported
  • Built-in reporting
  • Support for USB printers
  • Remote kitchen printing
  • Kitchen screen support
  • Customer database

6. eHopper

 eHopper free pos software

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eHopper is a free POS software built for small businesses. The product is supported on a variety of platforms, including the Poynt terminal offered by eHopper. eHopper also offers an e-commerce platform that integrates with the company’s POS solution.

Free option:

  • Essential package: one register, order tracking, inventory management, tip management, reporting, and more

Paid option:

  • Freedom package: $3.99/month per register

Features:

  • Order management
  • Order tracking
  • Customer management
  • POS payments
  • Split payments
  • Receipts
  • Inventory management
  • Employee management
  • Tip management
  • Tax management
  • POS reporting
  • Apps and integrations

7. Linga

 Linga free pos software

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Linga is a cloud-based POS platform available on the Apple App Store. Linga is primarily used on iPads and can easily integrate with iPad enclosures, EMV credit card readers, printers and cash drawers. Linga also includes many features for restaurants in addition to those for retailers.

Free option:

  • Starter: single user, 25 products, barcode scanning, and more

Paid option:

  • Basic: $19.99/month paid annually per register or $39.99/month per register
  • Pro: $49.99/month paid annually per register or $69.99/month per register
  • Enterprise: $89.99/month paid annually per register or 109.99/month per register

Features:

  • Discounts
  • Gift cards
  • Split payments
  • Refunds/returns
  • Integrated credit card processing
  • Barcode scanning
  • Employee dashboard
  • Reports
  • Email marketing

8. ProffittCenter

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ProffittCenter is a free POS platform that has been available and receiving updates since 1999. The standard hardware integrations are a barcode scanner and a printer.

Free option:

  • Available for Windows

Paid option:

  • N/A

Features:

  • Inventory management
  • USB printer integration
  • Reports
  • Ordering system
  • Multiple currency support

 9. SlickPOS

SlickPOS free pos software

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SlickPOS is a free POS that is dedicated to helping startup businesses get on their feet. It is available for desktop, iPad, iPhone or Android devices and can also work offline. SlickPOS can be used for both retail stores or restaurants, depending on which features you choose to utilize.

Free option:

  • Available for Windows and Mac

Paid option:

  • Smart: $19/month or $199/year
  • Perpetual: $999 for a lifetime license

Features:

  • Works offline
  • Table management
  • Discounts
  • Inventory management
  • Recipe management
  • SMS and digital receipts
  • Customer feedback
  • Dashboard and reporting
  • API integration

10. uniCenta

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Image courtesy of uniCenta

uniCenta is a free and open-source POS system initially created as a hobby project in 2010. The platform has become a commercial-grade product that has been downloaded more than one million times in more than 150 countries since 2010.

Free option:

  • Free and open source

Paid option:

  • Base: $76.39/year
  • Plus: $173/year

Features:

  • Barcode scanning
  • Multi-payment
  • Restaurant mode/retail mode
  • Voucher management
  • Discounts
  • Table management
  • Inventory management
  • Supplier management
  • Customer information
  • Employee management
  • Reporting and analytics

Next steps for selecting the best free POS software

Free software doesn’t always need to mean you need to sacrifice quality or features. While many of these products don’t have the robust features that you would find in a paid POS tool, they are great jumping-off points for either starting a new business or testing out new systems.

If you’re looking to break out into e-commerce as well, check out these 10 great online marketplaces.

* Please note: Reviews may have been edited for spelling and grammar.

Lauren Fram
Author

Lauren Fram

Lauren is a market research analyst focusing on the e-commerce and retail industries. Since joining G2 in July 2017, she has focused her energy on consumer-driven spaces after spending time in the vertical, design, and CAD software spheres. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English language and literature and her writing and research has been cited in publications such as Forbes, Eater, and Nasdaq.com, among others. She enjoys building and sharing her knowledge, and in her free time enjoys reading, knitting, and gaming. Her coverage areas include retail technology, e-commerce, and restaurant technology.