On this page you can download:

Downloading the Virtual Belfry Program

Please note that the ringer images require a separate download and setup (see below). There is no charge for the images, but the download is quite large so it was kept separate from the program to facilitate future program upgrades etc.

New Customers

Click on the link below to download version 3.7b. It will run with all features enabled, but until you purchase it (using the ordering page), it will run in "evaluation mode". The main limitation is that when you start the bells ringing they will ring ten whole pulls and then stop.

New customers download "virtual_belfry_3-7b_setup.exe" (59Mb)

Existing customers upgrading from version 2.0 or later

Upgrades are free. In most cases all you have to do is download and install a patch to bring your version up to date.

If you already have version 3.0 or later installed, you only need the 3.7b patch.

If you are using a version prior to 3.0, please download and progressively apply all the patches that are later than your installed version until you reach the latest version.

These are the patches:

Download "virtual_belfry_2-1_patch_setup.exe" (14.5Mb)
(upgrades 2.0 to 2.1)

Download "virtual_belfry_2-2_patch_setup.exe" (10.1Mb)
(upgrades 2.1 to 2.2)

Download "virtual_belfry_3-0_patch_setup.exe" (15.3Mb)
(upgrades 2.2 or 2.2a to 3.0)

Download "virtual_belfry_3-7b_patch_setup.exe" (10Mb) *
(upgrades 3.0 or later to 3.7b)

* New exercises and compositions were included in version 3.2. If you are upgrading from 3.0 or 3.1 to a later version, this might be something that concerns you. To install these, please ensure that the Methods and Compositions component is selected when running setup. If you have entered your own methods and compositions and you want to keep them, you should either forego this component of the setup, or take a backup copy of your own files (their location is described in the program's help) and copy the relevant parts back in after you have run the setup, using a text editor such as Notepad.

Note for owners of version 2.x: If you want to install the latest version on a new computer, you might think it would be a good idea to install the version provided for new customers (above). That would be OK, but you would not then be able to install the images for the 12 bells, which have to be purchased separately for new customers (but which you already have as part of your 2.x setup). I could (for a small fee to cover costs) mail 2.x owners a new disc complete with the 12-bell images. Contact me if this interests you.

Existing customers upgrading from versions prior to 2.0

If your current version is earlier than 2.0 (e.g. 1.4), you should first uninstall the program and then download the latest version using the option at the top of this page and install it. Provided you have a valid licence key, you will then be able to contact the author for an Activation Key without having to purchase the new version.

Downloading Ringer Images

Download "virtual_belfry_ringers_1-0_setup.exe" (208Mb)

Downloading Tower Images

Images for two towers can be downloaded and installed as a trial prior to purchase. In trial mode the animation will run for two whole pulls before stopping (while the ringing itself continues). If you purchase a tower's images, they will be provided by separate download. The purchased images will, of course, run indefinitely (provided you have also purchased the program).

More details about the tower images can be found on the page about the Bells Window.

Twelve Bells

Download "virtual_belfry_twelve_bells_3-0_trial_setup.exe" (147Mb)


Download "virtual_belfry_maryborough_3-0_trial_setup.exe" (189Mb)

Note: when you purchase either of the two sets of images above, the images for the original eight bells at St. David's, Hobart, are also provided.

Installing Virtual Belfry Setup Files

To download and install any of the above options, follow these instructions:
  1. Exit from Virtual Belfry if you happen to have it running;
  2. Click on one of the above download options to begin the download;
  3. Opt to save the file, to a convenient location on your computer, such as your desktop;
  4. After the download has completed, double click on the downloaded file to run it;
  5. Go through the steps that are presented to you to complete the setup process.