Convert Excel file to Application in a few clicks

xlCompiler converts your Excel spreadsheet to software application without programming

Convert XLS to EXE

Convert Excel file to app with protection options. Excel to EXE converter gives you competitive advantage and flexibility in distributing your Excel models. Save Excel's feature rich environment in your application.

Protect Formulas

All formulas in your workbook are converted into binary format and became completely unaccessible to users

Protect VBA Code

Your Visual Basic Code is stored in a form of the binary intermediate code, executed by Spreadsheet Core Engine. VBA Compiler is included into xlCompiler application.

Accelerate your Excel models

Spreadsheet Core Engine executes formulas and Visual Basic functions up to 5 times faster than Excel Application

Benefits of using Excel Compiler to convert your Excel file to App

Convert Excel File to Application

xlCompiler converts formulas and VBA code in your Excel workbook into fast and efficient binary code and creates Windows Application. You can use full power of the spreadsheet inside your model. Compile workbook to application ...

Protect your privacy

The most effective way to protect your Excel workbook for distribution - is to convert it to binary executable. xlCompiler creates application file that has all formulas and macros converted into machine code. Protect your privacy ...

Excel is not required

xlCompiler is a unique product that creates completely stand-alone Windows Application. This is true Spreadsheet Compiler. Created EXE doesn't depend on Excel or other software. Excel is not required ...

More than just a Spreadsheet

xlCompiler is powerful and flexible way to create different types of applications. Your customers will not know that application was created from Excel workbook. More than just a spreadsheet...

Speed up your Excel file

Compiled application runs much faster then original workbook. This is the result of conversion and optimizations done by xlCompiler. Speedup your model ...

Rich set of components

There is no Development Environment on the market, that provides you same set of components as xlCompiler has. You should not order and use third-party modules. Rich set of components ...

Why use xlCompiler to convert XLS to EXE?

Formulas and VBA macros are stored in the compiled binary format

They are not accessible to users and there is no way to do reverse ingeneering. You need to protect formulas and code, to deploy your solution to customers. xlCompiler is a perfect and easy way to do it. There is no way to get original workbook from compiled application.
VBA Compiler is an important part of the Excel compiler. xlCompiler converts your VBA code into binary form using embedded VBA Compiler.

Options to activate your app on the customer's computer

xlCompiler adds to your workbook:
  • End User License Agreement
  • Activation Key Protection

Application could be signed with Code Signing Certificate

Why do you need this? Now Code Signing is an important feature. If your application is not signed it will be blocked for download by browsers, anti-virus applications, etc. Code signing is possible on with xlCompiler! Other applications create EXE that could be overwritten, in this case signature will be destroyed on the first Save operation.

Create customizable Ribbon UI

xlCompiler gives you quick and easy way to use Ribbon Interface in your application. Ribbon is created and managed by VBA code, that gives you huge flexibility.
Custom Ribbon UI created by Excel Spreadsheet Compiler

Macros are always enabled

If macros are disabled on your customer's PC - your workbook stops working in Excel and shows warning message. Customer should enable macros manually. With xlCompiler you will never trap into this situation - xlCompiler always executes Visual Basic macros.

Why you need to convert your Excel file to application?

Application offers greater security. Application doesn't allow to see what it inside your model. You should not warry about others researching your proprietary models and algorithms.
Excel file doesn't offer any protection to the formula calculations and VBA macros. By converting your Excel to app you effectively prevent other users from accessing you intellectual property.
Another benefit is that your Excel file will look like an application. This offers greater usability and variety in terms of design.

What spreadsheet features are supported by Excel Compiler?

Worksheet Formulas

Worksheet formulas, including array formulas and usual cell formulas. All the common worksheet functions are supported by xlCompiler.

VBA functions and forms

Functions and Forms created in the Visual Basic Editor. Below is a screenshot of the Form included into xlCompiler Samples. Left form is in the Excel editor and right one in the compiled application:
Visual Basic Form in Excel
Visual Basic Form in the compiled application
Microsoft Excel©
Visual Basic for Applications is a powerful and highly important feature. xlCompiler compiles VB code in the workbook, so it could be used in the compiled application in same way as in the source workbook.

Charts and Shapes

You can use charts and shapes (button, checkbox, combobox, connectors, list, ...) in the application.
Sales Chart in Excel
Sales Chart in the compiled application
Microsoft Excel©

Cell Styles and Conditional Formatting

xlCompiler supports same cell styles and Excel and allows to use conditional formatting. On the screenshot below formulas has been formatted with gray by using conditional formatting rule.
Invoice Worksheet in Excel
Invoice Worksheet in the compiled application
Microsoft Excel©

Ribbon Interface

As you can see from screenshots, application created by xlCompiler has Ribbon interface.

Data Validation Rules

You can use Data Validation rules on the worksheets to validate entered data. Rule can have Input Prompt and Message as in Excel.

Cell Comments

Use comments to give more information to users in context of the current operation.

Tables and Pivot Tables

Filter your data and calculate Totals using Tables.
Table in Excel
Table in the compiled application
Microsoft Excel©


Select appropriate zoom for your worksheets.

Printing and Print Preview

Select Print tab on the ribbon to preview and print your data.
Invoice Worksheet Print Preview
In this list we've described only basic options. If you need to check if the specific feature is supported - please contact us.

How to compile Excel workbook to application

The process of creating EXE file from Excel workbook is relatively simple from the first look. But, if you go indepth, this process became much more complex. Ofcourse, if you want to get working application in the output.

Method used by xlCompiler

xlCompiler contains Spreadsheet Core Engine inside. This is spreadsheet calculation engine developed by Spreadsheet Tools company for it's applications. This excel file compatible component to effectively calculate excel worksheet formulas and visual basic macros. It supports:
Worksheet Formula functions and Array Formulas
Visual Basic Functions and Forms
Cell Formatting options
Conditional Formatting
Data Validation Rules
Excel Tables
Charts: Line, Bar, Column, Pie, Scatter, ...
Linked Workbooks
Shapes (Buttons, Connectors, Labels, Frames and other)
Cell Protection options
Ribbon Interface
Print and Print Preview
Math Equations
and more ...
Workbook is embedded into the EXE file, compiled into a form of binary code. This code is passed to the Spreadsheet Core and executed when formulas are recalculated or when application requires VBA macro to be executed.
You are getting application, that looks and works like your source workbook, but Excel is not used!
This allows us not only to increase performance of the compiled file, but to add copy protection options and make your Excel File ready to distribution.
On the screenshot below is a Print Preview Window in the application created by Excel File Compiler.
Line Chart Print Preview in Compiler Application

Other Methods to get EXE file from XLS workbook

One of the methods is to keep formulas converted to the intermediate code inside your workbook and use Excel application as a host to display worksheets, cell formatting and other Excel features. You may ask - how this method supports Visual Basic Code. In some, known for us, cases VBA Code is just stored in its native form in the VBA project. This creates a vulnerability in the software and risk of extraction VBA macros and losing your intellectual property. So, using Excel as a host application is a working method. You can use this way to convert your workbook to EXE.

Use programming language

Another known method - convert your workbook into the code in the programming language (C++, Python, C#) and compile this code into application. Formulas and VBA macros can be represented into a form of the C++ code (for example). This is the most complex way. As it requires compiler for this programming language to be install on your PC. Probably this application will be significantly limited in features: Conditional Formatting, Data Validation and other features, that require visual representation can't be easily implemented in this way.

Customer Case: Compile and Distribute Excel Workbook

I have an Excel workbook, I would like to sell, with an evaluation period and time limited license. My customer should evaluate workbook during 15 days and after this he should order a license. The license works 1 year and should be renewed after this period.
Can I do it with your compiler?
Yes. This is typical model for software distribution and Excel workbook in this example is not an exception.
Let's look what xlCompiler can do for you.
Workbook is compiled into binary format and can't be decompiled.
Formulas and Visual Basic Forms and Code are protected and not available for viewing/editing.
Excel workbook is "bound" to the customer's PC by Computer Name or by using Hardware Based Serial Code
Your customer is not able to open workbook without Activation Key
You provide an evaluation key to your customer, which is valid for 15 days. After this period the software requests new Activation Key.
Activation Key Generator is included into Excel Compiler, you should not create it youself, or hire a programmer.
After ordering you provide your customer Activation Key with 1-year working period (annual license). The software works 1 year and requires new Activation Key after year is passed.
As you see, we give you powerful tool that makes your Excel file compiled into EXE ready to distribution. You should not be a programmer - just install it and use!
If you have any questions regarding the product and need more information to start using the compiler, please contact us on the Spreadsheet Tools website

How to activate xlCompiler on your computer

Evaluation version of Excel Compiler is completely free and full-featured.
Before you start converting your Excel files to EXE, a registration is required.
Please, visit this page to know how to activate xlCompiler on your PC.