PaintTool SAI is an economical drawing software and can be purchased online for a one-time payment of approximately $52 USD (5500JPY) on the SYSTEMAX website

My name is Elianna. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and have been using PaintTool SAI for over seven years. I know everything there is to know about the program. 

In this post, I am going to explain how much PaintTool SAI costs, and walk you through the steps of purchasing it. 

Let’s get into it! 

Key Takeaways

  • PaintTool SAI costs ~$52 (5500JPY) and is available for download on the SYSTEMAX website. 
  • Licenses are emailed as digital certificates and must be placed in the PaintTool SAI program folder.  
  • You can try PaintTool SAI for free for 31 days. 
  • PaintTool SAI software licenses are non-refundable. 
  • PaintTool SAI is only compatible with Windows. 

How Much is PaintTool SAI & Where to Download It

One software license of PaintTool SAI is 5500 JPY, or approximately $52 USD. It is a one-time purchase with no subscription or in-software purchases. You can use VISA, Mastercard, JCB, and Paypal to purchase PaintTool SAI.

Since the price of PaintTool SAI is subject to conversion rates, make sure to check the current conversion rate for the currency you are purchasing with against the Japanese Yen. 

You can download PaintTool SAI on the SYSTEMAX website. That is the only official distributor of the program. Currently, you can download a 31-day free trial of the program, after which you will need to purchase a software license in order to continue. 

After you pay, your software license will be emailed to you. You can then use this software license to unlock the full version of PaintTool SAI.

If you do not receive your software license in a timely manner, you can request it be reissued to you with this form. You will need to provide the email used to purchase the software. If you no longer have access to the email you used to purchase your PaintTool SAI license, you can request your registered user information be changed through email

After receiving and downloading the software license, you will move it into your PaintTool SAI program folder. 


Here are some questions related to purchasing and downloading PaintTool SAI.

What are PaintTool SAI’s system requirements?

These are PaintTool SAI’s requirements as written on the SYSTEMAX website:

ComputerPC/AT (Not virtual machine)
OSWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10* Will work on 64bit Windows
CPUPentium 450MHz or later (require MMX support)
Memory (RAM)Windows 2000… 128MBWindows XP… 256MBWindows Vista or later… 1024MB
HDD512MB free space
Graphics CardResolution 1024×768, “32bit True Color” screen
Support DeviceWintab compatible digitizer with pressure support

Is PaintTool SAI free?

No. PaintTool SAI is not free. However, you can try PaintTool SAI for free with a 31-day trial period. After that, you will have to purchase a software license. 

Do you have to pay for PaintTool SAI?

While there are pirated versions of PaintTool SAI on the internet, it is best practice to get the software from the SYSTEMAX website directly to avoid downloading malware or other harmful material on your device. 

One software license of PaintTool SAI costs 5500 JPY or approximately $52 (subject to conversion rate changes). 

Can I Get a Refund? 

No. PaintTool SAI software licenses are not returnable. 

How to get a PaintTool SAI license?

After purchasing, you will receive a downloadable digital certificate from SYSTEMAX in the email inbox used to register for the program. You will then move this certificate into your PaintTool SAI program folder. 

What languages does PaintTool SAI offer?

PaintTool SAI is available in English, German, and Japanese. 

Is PaintTool SAI available on iOS?

No. PaintTool SAI is only available on Windows. 

Final Thoughts

Getting a PaintTool SAI software license is easy and only requires a few steps. At approximately $52, it is an economical investment in your digital-art future. However, if you are skeptical about making the purchase, you can also try the program free for 31 days, after which you will need to purchase a non-refundable license. 

PaintTool SAI is also only compatible with Windows. If you are looking for a mac alternative to PaintTool SAI, check out my article Five Mac Alternatives to PaintTool SAI. Or, if you would like to investigate other drawing software, check out my article Best PaintTool SAI Alternatives. 

Did you download PaintTool SAI? What is your favorite drawing software? Let me know in the comments below!