How to Download Nvivo for Students (Windows/Mac)

Nvivo is software for qualitative data analysis and research developed by QSR International. In other words, it helps researchers find insights by organizing and analyzing qualitative information from unstructured data such as interviews, survey answers, case studies, documents, etc. This type of research is mostly used in psychology, sociology, social work, education, health, political science, and anthropology.

The software increases productivity by helping you get evidence-based data faster, discover critical data patterns and connections, understand the whole picture when evaluating impact, and deliver defensible conclusions and thorough findings.

This article will show you how to access the student version of Nvivo at a discount for 12 months.

The regular price of the latest version of NVivo for individual non-academic use starts from around $1000 with perpetual access. While additional Transcription and Collaboration Cloud modules cost around $400 each.

Run Nvivo on Mac with Parallels (50% OFF for students).

A free 14-day trial is available for the latest version, for which you will need a myNVivo account to access the download link. Just keep in mind when testing the newer versions and collaborating with users on older versions that files are not backward compatible. Also, the free trial is available only once per product, per user.

Student eligibility and limitations

The student license is available only to active students with a valid school .edu email address and school ID. Students can purchase only one license at a low price of $83. However, the additional modules are not discounted.

The license is valid for one year (12 months), after which you can purchase another license for an additional year, but only if you still have a status of an active student. Remember that with this license, you can use the software only for educational and charitable purposes, not commercial projects.

Sometimes, after the purchase, QSR International might reach out to you for identity verification.

System requirements

Nvivo is available for both Windows and Mac machines. Here are the recommended system configurations for the best performance:


Operating system – 8.1 or later
Processor – 3.0 GHz quad-core
RAM – 8 GB
Hard disk – SSD disk type with 8 GB of available space or more
Browser support – Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome 44 with internet connection


The Apple Mac version was released in 2020, these are the recommended requirements for the NVivo 12 edition:

Operating system – Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later
Processor – Intel Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon
RAM – 8 GB
Hard disk – SSD 4 GB of available space or more
Browser support – Google Chrome with an internet connection to be able to download additional data from the web

Student version license and software download

  1. Open the official NVivio license purchase page
  2. You will be presented with 3 license types: Academic, Non-academic and Student. Select the Student option
  3. Select an operating system
  4. Below, you can select module addons if you want
  5. Click on the “But now” button and then on the next page, click on the “Continue” button
  6. You will be asked to log in if you already have a myNVivo account otherwise, click on the “Sign up now” link
  7. Enter your .edu email address that you got from your school. You will receive a confirmation email with a link which you have to click
  8. Enter your full name and set up a password that you will use to access the account
  9. On the next page, you will be asked to enter further details such as an address, city, zip code, phone, school ID, and school name and to accept the terms and conditions and privacy policy
  10. Enter your billing details such as Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
  11. Once you get billed, the company will process the payment and verify your identity and student status. Additionally, they might contact you for more information and proof
  12. Once you pass the verification, you will receive a download link and license code to access the full version of the program for 12 months.

Educator license

Universities are eligible to purchase the academic license of the software for in-school use by their staff members, teachers and students. In some cases, students can access the software on their laptop or desktop computer and even take it home.

Discounted price of the academic license is around $700 and decreases if multiple licenses are purchased. For 10 licenses, the price is around $630, while for more than 10 the institution needs to contact their sales team.

When purchasing a license, for verification purposes, the academic users must use a valid .edu academic email address.

Our advice is that as a student, before considering the student version, first contact a faculty member at your school to see if they already have an academic license and access to NVivo. If they do, then all you have to do is create a free myNVivo account, opt for the free trial period to download the software and obtain the University academic license. Enter the license into the software to unlock the full access.

Nvivo free alternatives

Taguette – Very simplistic free open source program for qualitative research that can handle basic projects. Available as a self-hosted version for Windows, Mac and Linux, and as web-based.

FreeQDA – Free qualitative research software for analyzing memos, interviews, articles, manuscripts and notes. Written in Java and available on GitHub for download.

QualCoder – Open source program for data analysis of textual documents, multimedia such as audio and video, and images. Written in Python and can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux. It is very powerful for analyzing content.


To conclude this guide, as a student, there are 3 ways to access NVivo.

  1. The first is to ask your teacher if your school has access to the academic license that you can use for your research purposes on your device.
  2. The second is to purchase a student license.
  3. The third is to download a free 14-day trial.
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