Most frequently asked questions - and answers.
1. General Questions
How can I get the software?
I downloaded the software. How can I start the program?
Is the software free? Are there any license fees or other restrictions?
How can I make a donation?
Is there any active mailing list?
How can I change the language of the program?
I would like to see the software running in my native language.
How many people belong to the development team?
How long did it take to develop the software?
2. Astrological Questions
How can I use the software?
I am a beginner in astrology. How can I learn it?
I calculated my chart. Where is the interpretation?
I send you my birth data. When will I get married? When will I find a job?
I get wrong calculation results.
Dasa start and end date calculations differ from other Jyotish software. What is wrong?
How can I enter the time zone for a birth place in India?
I need the feature "xyz" for my work. Can you add that feature?
3. Technical Questions
I get errors when I try to compile the program on my Linux machine. What can I do?
I see strange Latin letters "A", "B" etc. in graphical chart or text views. What is wrong?
I see strange symbols (rectangles, spaces etc.) in the program. What is wrong?
I get a message box telling me that Swiss Ephemeris Data Files are missing.
Are mobile devices supported?
The program doesn't run on my Windows 98 computer. Is that platform supported?
Are the source codes of the program available?
The program crashes. What can I do?
The software can be downloaded for free from the Download
Read the paragraphs under the download links of the Download
More detailed information about compilation is available on the Installation page.
The software is free for personal and professional use.
Details are described on the Maitreya's License page.
Please donate for religious purposes or for the poor and needy people on this planet.
No. Latest news are reported on the Home
Windows users can easily change the language in General Configuration
On UNIX/Linux platforms the language settings are controlled by the environment variable LANG.
Please read the Character Sets page for more details.
Information about translation can be found on the Translation
It is a one man project. You can get more information on the About
Many years. Read the History of the Program
Read the Maitreya
page for general question or
the Getting Started Guide
if you already installed it and want to know how to use it.
You must study it like any other science. Look for a good teacher and be prepared that it will take some time.
This website provides some pages with general informations that may be readable for beginners,
see the Articles page.
Chart interpretation requires a spiritual mind. Software can't do that.
You will find nevertheless something like interpretation in the Yoga View.
Go deep into your inner parts and meditate. The answer will come.
Most frequent errors are
- You have a location in India and set the time zone to 5.3 instead of 5.5
- Daylight saving is configured wrong. Please control carefully if the value is right.
- Other birth data attributes are entered incorrectly. Please control date, time, location and time zone.
- Ayanamsa is wrong. Please remember that there are slightly different versions even of standard Ayanamsas like Lahiri.
- Some other configuration problem can be the reason (like topocentic coordinates, etc)
- You found a bug: please report it.
Be sure that both programs have exactly the same Moon positions for the chart you compare.
Maitreya has two different Dasa portion options, see Dasa Balance
If not, compare Ayanamsa configuration or other properties (like topcentric coordinates etc.) in setup.
India's time zone is 5:30 hours east. This must be written as "5.5" or "5,5", depending on your language configuration.
Please read the Feature Requests
Read the Installation
Maybe it is a frequent error and the solution is already described there.
Read the console output carefully and try to understand what happened.
Many errors happen because required programs are not installed.
If this doesn't help:
copy the console output and send it to the author. Don't forget to give name and version of the operating system.
Be sure that you used the latest version of Maitreya software.
Likely that you didn't install the symbol font (Saravali.ttf
Read the Symbol Font page for details.
Seems that something is wrong with your charset configuration.
Please read the Character Sets page for details.
Theses files are required for calulation of some planetary objects (like Planetoids). Configuration of the data files
is described on the Configure Ephemeris
Details about the data files are described on the Ephemeris Data Files page.
No, currently not. The program is designed for desktop platforms.
wxWidgets (the underlying GUI framework) supports iOS and WinCE, but someone must do the work.
Maybe it is tedious because the GUI layout is not designed for low screen resolutions.
No. There is no support for old Windows systems (95 and 98).
It should be possible, but someone must support it.
Yes. Sources can be downloaded from the Download
Please be sure that you used the latest version of the program and read the corresponding News/Known Bugs
on the Home
Contact the author and give information about operating system (including version), version of the software and conditions under which the bug appears.