The article that I present below was published in Catinfog July 1, 2019. As interesting as it is, I wanted to share it with our readers as it was written.

Wear the management trading is not as easy as it sounds. Restaurants, clothing or food stores struggle daily to have control over the movements of the cashier, employees, customers, the warehouse, and the inflows and outflows of money. There are a lot of data that must be sorted to know what happened in the past, what is happening today, and how to act in the future.

Preventing your employees from reaching into the box, replenishing the stock with head or presenting invoices to the manager are tasks that employers must do every day.

To make these operations bearable and scalable, a TPV. That if you don't know what it is, the Wikipedia  clarifies it in one sentence:
"A point of sale terminal (POS) is a device that, in a commercial establishment, allows managing tasks related to the sale, such as the collection by credit or debit card, the creation and printing of the sales receipt, managing the inventory or generate reports that help in management business, among others. "

Thus, choosing a point of sale terminal is perhaps the most important technical decision in a shop. The problem is that it is very difficult to make a decision and choose the POS that best suits the business. And if we want to save money and look for a free POS, logically the difficulty of finding the most suitable software increases.

Although There are several free POS on the market, each one has certain advantages and disadvantages. Naturally, being free does not adapt to all the needs of each store. For example, some managers just search for a simple warehouse program. Others are more focused on sales and want software to print tickets and keep track of cash. There are also those who need to store customer files to be able to send them advertising or to have a loyalty point program. Finally there are the intrepid ones who have decided to also sell online and want a POS that synchronizes with their online store.

The first question to ask yourself before selecting your POS is if you are going to want to install the POS on your computer, or if you are going to be cutting edge and your POS is going to work in the cloud. Does it make sense in the middle of 2017 to install a program on a computer?

There is also the decision to choose a POS with the right tools. There are simple ones and there are those that have dozens and dozens of tools. You know, those kinds of programs that to know how to handle 10% of its possibilities, you need an intensive course of a week but they will give us a super control of the situation. Y on the opposite side, the minimalist tpveasy to drive and light until saying enough that they promote management Minimalist store. And although I am personally a supporter of the latter (the minimalists), in large stores it is possible that what I call “macro-tpv” may be necessary.

It is these types of factors that determine whether you have come across the POS that you needed or not.

In this article I am going to show you 25 free tpv programs that can be used to carry the management of your trade without spending a single euro. The 25 that I am going to list below are different from each other, and they practically only share the fact that they are free, differing in the rest of the features: design, functionality, compatibility, ease of use, etc…

Each of the POS that you will see below has strengths and weaknesses. And before you start studying one by one which is the most convenient for you, you should know that there is no perfect POS, nor one that rigorously adapts to the way you work. Acquiring a POS is a lot like working with someone with whom you only share certain things. I mean that you should choose the POS that is closest to your idea of ​​managing a store, but it assumes that you will also have to sacrifice yourself and adapt to the way the program works. If you are looking for something that is exactly how you imagined it, you should still consider stopping looking for a free tpv and invest in the development of custom software.

1- Catinfog

catinfog

The first free POS that we are going to analyze is Catinfog. Catinfog is a Tpv that we could define as “plug and play”. No requirement is required to start using it. Nor does your experience using programs matter because it is extremely easy to use. Even a child could keep a store tidy with this tpv.

The design is the one that is prevailing in the United States in the new generation of POS.

It works 100% in the cloud, and this means that it is handled as if it were a web page from Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or any other browser. It does not matter if you are going to use a mobile, a computer or a tablet because it adapts perfectly to any type of screen, even if it is touch. Nor does the operating system matter (Windows, Mac, android, linux, etc ...). It is compatible with any printer and any barcode scanner.

For merchants who want to make the leap to selling online, Catinfog has the possibility of maintaining an online store unattended. Come on, that the POS products appear in the online store, and the stock, Pricesetc. are the same.

To test it you just have to register on its website.

Easy to use: Very high
Scalability: Being in the cloud and being able to create cash registers with a click, it can be implemented in hundreds of stores in minutes.
Compatibility: Any operating system, any screen, any printer or scanner.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: Yes
Link: https://catinfog.com/

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2- One hundred

one hundred

Unicenta is an old school open source tpv. It is actually a fork of openpos (we will see it in this same list) with some modifications. Although its community has been decreasing over time, it is still active. Their website is in English, but they do have a package with the Spanish language.
Its great advantages are its free code (and therefore free) and it works in the cloud. It is also a software focused on the POS, and therefore is not the typical program in which the POS is only part of the system.
Among its disadvantages we can see that the interface is not of the current POS generation and that it does not have an online store.
To manage it you must have an Apache and Mysql server.

Easy to use: It takes a while to understand how it works, but it's affordable.
Scalability: High.
Compatibility: Any operating system, just computer screens, any printer or scanner.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: No.
Link: https://unicenta.com/

3- Ofbiz

ofbiz

Ofbiz is a tpv module that is installed within the erp they offer. It is open source and licensed under apache, which means that it is free and allows you to modify the code to your liking.
The code is java. The community is not very abundant, but the project is still alive this 2017.
The problem I see is that java is a declining language compared to the latest generation libraries. Its design seems anchored in 2004.
Despite its drawbacks, I want to highlight that it is one of the few projects they have so much time and they keep getting updates. They have even enabled a module to create an online store.

Easy to use: Middle-low. Keep in mind that it is not only a POS, but a complete billing, accounting and management system for the company. Training time is required.
Scalability: High since it works in the cloud
Compatibility: Computer screens and any type of printer or scanner.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: Yes
Link: http://ofbiz.apache.org/

4- Chomis

chromis

Chromis is an open source tpv with a primarily Anglo-Saxon community. It is focused on businesses that serve meals. In fact the star module is a kind of blackboard with the commands. It only supports 1024 × 768 screens.
Its great asset is its simplicity. It doesn't work in the cloud, but it can be installed on Windows, mac and linux. It is so light that it can run perfectly on the well-known Raspberry Pi 2.
As a problem we could mention that simplicity is taken too far in the interface, which seems to be straight out of the 90s. Although at least it doesn't bog down with tools everywhere.

Easy to use: High average.
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac.
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: No.
Link: http://chromis.co.uk/

5- Wallace Pos

wallace pos

Wallace is an open source tpv that with 4 developers have achieved something quite interesting in a modern code for the cloud: php. Its interface is halfway between the 2010s and those from XNUMX. But it is appreciated that they have used a current css library. The only language is English, although it can be translated by touching the code.
It is a pity that such an interesting project falls short because of not creating a community since its website does not have a forum, and there is no movement on its github page. Still, small stores with not too many requirements can risk using it in production.

Easy to use: High average
Scalability: High.
Compatibility: Compatible with any printer and scanner. Can only be used on computer screens.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: No.
Link: https://wallacepos.com

6- Samba

samba

Samba is a tpv developed for Windows and which, according to its author, is intended to be used in hospitality. It is quite simple, which makes it a software with few errors. It has not been updated for 4 years, but the questions section of its website does not stop receiving messages today.

The design is the usual one for the moment it was programmed. It has a Spanish version and the great advantage it has is that it can run on any computer from 15 years ago.

Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Media
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: No.
Link: https://sambapos.org/en

7- Floreant

flower pos

Floreant is a free tpv in English specialized in restaurants, although any type of store can use it. With code written in java, it is compatible with most operating systems. Can only be used on large screens. It is possible to install it on cloud servers.
Its great advantages are being specialized in one sector. For example it is perfect to manage all the printers of a restaurant (kitchen, bar, etc). Its great disadvantage is its slow development (it does not release updates since 2015) and its interface reminiscent of xp.

Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Media
Compatibility: High.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: No.
Link: http://floreant.org

8- Keyhut

keyhut

Keyhut is a POS that I love. It is what it is and you don't want to hide it. It is a vintage tpv of those that were used in the eighties. In fact, their website has the same aesthetic. It is so light that any computer can move it. The problem is that it is only compatible with the Dos operating system. As a computer scientist I find it a gem, and he has all my sympathy. As an entrepreneur, I'm not sure it's the best option. For example, it has been more than 2 decades since printers compatible with this operating system have been manufactured.
The biggest advantage that it has in my opinion is that it is very tested and few errors can have.
For this POS I am going to include a new parameter: charm.

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Charm: High.
Easy to use: Low.
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: http://keyhut.com/pos.htm

9- Ospos

ospos

Ospos is a tpv that has a history and that thanks to the work of its developers, several forks have been created based on its code. Ospos is an opensource software that is only tpv. Perhaps the best of the open source ones.
Its control panel has a very careful aesthetics, although it has many more tools than most shops need and this can make it take more time than necessary to learn how to use it. The POS interface is well-kept, but it remains in the previous generation to the new ones. In the visual section that is its weakest point.
The strongest point is that its developer community amounts to 48 collaborators and that it has updates regularly.
To install this tpv you need an apache server and Mysql.

Easy to use: High average.
Scalability: High.
Compatibility: High.
It works in the cloud: Si
Online store included: No.
Link: https://github.com/jekkos/opensourcepos

10- Pangea

pangea pos

Pangeapos is another attempt by the generous world of free code to do something useful and modern for retail. The biggest problem that I see when trying it is that the one who has programmed it has done it looking at old tpv interfaces.
The rest is quite profitable. Especially if the business that uses it is hospitality.
It only works in Windows operating system.

Easy to use: Medium-Low.
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: It is only compatible with Windows.
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: No.
Link: http://pangeaopenpos.com/

11- Core pos

core pos

Core pos is a free code tpv that 17 programmers keep in their spare time. Their community speaks the language of Sakespeare and does not have a forum to meet, but they meet by videoconference every Wednesday at a specific time (3pm). Curious way to coordinate. Just for the simple reason that they have managed to launch regular updates with only a few dozen stores using it, it is already reason to give a voice to this management program. If we also see that it has been developed in php and for mysql, they have our full attention.

Easy to use: Middle-low
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: High.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: No. Apparently they are developing it now.
Link: http://core-pos.com/

12- Wandaa

wandaa pos

"The tpv of africa". This is the name of this peculiar tpv developed with an opensource license. With an interface that does not know why it reminds me of the "Mario" video game, Wandaa installs itself on the most important operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac. Within what fits in free desktop applications (not for the cloud) , it has a fairly clean interface. Within what we can call plug-and-play tpv, this is one of the fastest to implement. Too bad it hasn't released updates since 2014. Still, I don't think I need them thanks to the debugging it had for years.

Easy to use: Low
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Media
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.

13- View Touch

viewtouch

View Touch is a tpv made for hotels. Its great attraction is that it is developed for the Linux community that loves free code. Based on Debian 9.1 it is also compatible with Raspberry Pi. Although its interface is quite improvable, I like it very much because it is one of the few linux natives that has a live development.
Easy to use: High average.
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: http://www.viewtouch.com/

14- Gnu Cash

Gnucash

The name says it all. A Gnu licensed POS that although it can be translated, it is available in 10 languages ​​and none is Cervantes'. Its great attraction is that all the code that has been used in this software is free. Although in my opinion, it is one of those programs that survives thanks to the love that its sole developer has for it, it is necessary to highlight the merit of having made it compatible with Linux, Windows and Mac. Unfortunately it is a desktop tpv, and therefore its use will be less.
I recommend it for detractors of the proprietary code.

Easy to use: Middle-low
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Media
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: https://www.gnucash.org/

15- Posper

postper

Very much in the style of Chromis or Wandaa, Posper is a tpv designed for large touch screens such as computer or 9 ”tablets. It is compatible with any operating system that runs java (Windows, Linux and Mac). The good news is that it performs the basic operations it promises and has few or no errors. The bad news is that it is a dead development, since since 2013 they do not release updates.
It is available in Spanish.
Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Middle-low.
Compatibility: High average.
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: No.
Link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/posper/

16- Eneboo

eneboo

Eneboo is an erp opensource that has a tpv module. For medium-large companies it has the advantage that it combines accounting with the POS, but perhaps it is too broad a program for small and medium businesses.
For me it is a relevant software because it is developed by a Spanish community and specifically by David, who is a regular of opensource in this country. Although they have not released updates for 4 years, the community in their Google group is very active with answers to all questions. What this community could become with a little funding, we can imagine.

Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Alta
Compatibility: High average
It works in the cloud: Si
Online store included: No.
Link: http://www.eneboo.org/site/

17- Moon Lite

moonlite

Although it has been 6 years without updates, those businesses that use less powerful computers, the cloud does not convince them and they only know windows (versions prior to windos 7), Moon Lite can be an option to consider. The only problem is that it is not supported. But otherwise it offers the basic tasks for a small-medium business.

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Easy to use: Media.
Scalability: Low.
Compatibility: Middle-low.
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: No.
Link: http://descargar.cnet.com/MoonLite-POS-Point-of-Sale/3000-2067_4-75330204.html

18- Proffitt Center

proffittcenter

Proffit Center is a free tpv that does not excel in anything except that the developer behind the project updates the code every so often, correcting errors. And it's not a small thing. It also has an active support forum. And to be open source, it's not bad.
It is obvious that it only works for small shops and that we should not demand too much. But to make it work with computers with a few years old, it is a tpv that you should take into account.

Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Low. Only for windos.
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: http://proffittcenter.org/

19- Vienna Advantage

vienna pos

Vienna is an Erp with a tpv module that has the enormous advantage of being focused on the cloud. It makes use of html5 and this is a guarantee of a future projection.
Like all erp's, it's quite complex to use, but if you have a medium-large trade it's worth checking out.
Its design is quite acceptable although in my opinion it is one step behind the most minimalist avant-garde that is committed to saving on buttons and leaving the screen clean.

Easy to use: High average.
Scalability: High.
Compatibility: High.
It works in the cloud: Yes
Online store included: Yes
Link: http://viennaadvantage.com

20- Adaxa

adaxa

Adaxa is another erp opensource that comes with a tpv module. And we repeat what we have said about this type of software: If you do not have a medium-large company, it is better to use something simpler. Although it looks old visually, Adaxa works very well. Its last update is from this year, and its community, although it is not gathered in a forum, is quite wide. It is developed in Java. What I liked the most is its connection with the popular Magento e-commerce cms.

Easy to use: Media
Scalability: Media
Compatibility: High average
It works in the cloud: No.
Online store included: Yes
Link: http://www.adaxa.com/pos/

21- Lemon

lemon pos

If 5 years ago I had been asked about Lemon I would have said that it was the free TV with the greatest projection on the net. It is a project that was born in 2007 and its community had not stopped growing. But for some reason they closed their website and it is only available to download at sourceforge.
It only supports linux debian.
Its interface has become a bit outdated now, but in its time it was one of those that improved those supercharged of the nineties.

Easy to use: Media.
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/lemonpos/

22- Sultanpos

sultan pos
Sultanpos is a Tpv opensource program. Its most notable feature is that it is programmed in C ++ in a framework that mails in linux. It works only offline and focuses on small stores. Maybe I'm too specialized in the cloud, but it took us a long time to install it due to the number of requirements. That yes, it works quite well, and with a few tweaks it is totally valid to be handled in physical stores in the Hispanic world.
Easy to use: Media.
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: No
Online store included: No.
Link: https://github.com/apinprastya/sultan

23- Tutapos

tutapos
Tutapos is a free source tpv and despite the fact that its creator did not upload updates 3 years ago, it has something very attractive: It works in the cloud and is developed in Laravel. The latter may not sound like anything to you, but it is very important because it makes its installation and maintenance very simple with minimal computer skills.
Another great advantage in my opinion is that it is very, very simple. Of course it is so simple that it only represents that advantage to businesses where the same owner is the only employee.
Easy to use: High.
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: Si
Online store included: No.
Link: https://github.com/tutacare/tutapos

24- Nanopos

nanopos
Nanopos is not complicated and in 2 clicks the sale is done. Nanopos is simplicity reduced to the minimum expression, and that's why it works. If you have a business to sell A, b and c, you may want to consider this open source tpv program. You can only select the product and close the sale, but any concept that simplifies is fresh air in the sector, and that's why we put it in our ranking.
Easy to use: High.
Scalability: Low
Compatibility: Low.
It works in the cloud: Si
Online store included: No.
Link: https://github.com/ElementsProject/nanopos

25- IotPOS

iotpos
IotPOS is a fork of Lemonpos (also in this ranking), but its developer has given it so much love and dedication that it deserves to be in this ranking as well. Firstly it has simplified lemonpos, which is appreciated. Secondly, it supports raspberrypi and is great news for lovers of free hardware and everything related to Linux. I also suspect that the developer has a physical store, because it gives real solutions to the problems that compatibility with different brands' hardware represents. It comes with TStock to manage the warehouse, and has various functionalities related to meters, environment sensors and alarms. Really, this fork is the work of a lover of commerce, software and free code.
Easy to use: High.
Scalability: Media
Compatibility: High.
It works in the cloud: Si
Online store included: No.
Link: https://github.com/hiramvillarreal/iotpos

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