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NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

NVivo is used predominantly by academic, government, health and commercial researchers across a diverse range of fields, including social sciences such as anthropology,psychology, communication, sociology, as well as fields such as forensics, tourism, criminology and marketing.

The first NVivo software product was developed by Tom Richards in 1999. Originally called NUD*IST, it contained tools for fine, detailed analysis and qualitative modeling. Source Wikipedia (

Site Licence

The Waikato University site licence is a per user licence for all staff and enrolled students. It can be downloaded on any UoW owned computer and a staff member or enrolled student can download a single copy on a single portable personal device. The licence key will need renewing each year.

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On Campus

The NVivo licence entitles you to install NVivo on any Waikato University owned machine, Such requests will be directed to your local ICT support Consultant by requesting this through the Self Service portal or contacting the ITS Service Desk at


Staff and students are entitled to install a single second copy on a portable device strictly for teaching and research related work for the University. (this can also be installed on a PC BUT ONLY at the Service Desk where there is a port enabled for this purpose)

Staff and Students

Can download NVivo and activate using the licence key entered onto their computer bythe ITS Service Desk, Student Centre computer support staff or their Faculty support team or Faculty Lab (prior notice is required for Faculty support). Post-graduate students, including those studying on the Tauranga Campus, can also approach the School for Graduate Research The key will NOT be given out so the laptop must be brought onto campus.

Nvivo may install in Starter mode which has limited functionality. To change it to Pro mode (as below) after the licence is installed, go to File > Options > General > Edition and change the Nvivo Application Edition.

Nvivo edition

Download NVivo 11 for Windows

·         Click on the following link to download the 32-bit version of NVivo 11 for Windows:

·         Click on the following link to download the 64-bit version of NVivo 11: Before installing, read this important information.

Download NVivo for Mac

Download NVivo for Mac:

Reference information sites:

Free NVivo Resources:

Video tutorials, online Help and Getting Started Guides are available for users here:

LD Self ServiceLog Your Own Ticket

The University has provided a Self Service tool through which you can log your own tickets (jobs). You can also search for a previously logged ticket to check it's status. For urgent jobs you can phone the ITS Service Desk: ext 4008 (838 4008) for support.


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