Bandit Software

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The principal use of Bandit is to store data obtained during banding operations and facilitate the transfer of banding data to the BBL and the Canadian Bird Banding Office (BBO). Bandit allows the user to enter or import data, and edit data associated with bands obtained from the BBL/BBO as well as data for recaptured or resighted birds, including those banded by other banders.

** Mac users – Bandit 4.0 must be used with an OS earlier than 10.12 **

Bandit is a 32-bit desktop application built on FileMaker 11, and is no longer compatible with the latest macOS. Bandit 4.0 may be used on a Mac with an earlier operating system, or switched to a PC. Before upgrading to Bandit 4.0, please submit all records to BBL at Save a final separate backup file (.fp7 or .BND) to preserve all data, locations and settings.

Bandit User Manual

Bandit FAQ

Bandit Release Notes

To load data and settings into a new empty installation of Bandit, transfer a backup file to the computer with the new installation. Use this backupfile in a Restore from Backup operation within Bandit. For details, refer to the Bandit User Manual, or contact the Help Desk for assistance. Before working on data in a restored or updated Bandit, please be sure to change previously submitted records from M (Modified) to S (Submitted). For details, see the Bandit FAQ. Data entry using a template for import into Bandit 4.0 If you would like to enter your data into Excel and then import it into Bandit 4.0, you can download the .zip file by clicking on the link below. It contains a template for entering banding and recapture data. The template is designed especially for large numbers of auxiliary marked birds.

Download Excel template for Bandit 4.0

For additional assistance, please contact the Bandit Help Desk at or call 301-497-5566.