MAXQDA System Requirements

MAXQDA 12
for Windows

MAXQDA 12
for Mac

Operating System Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Processor 1,3 GHz with 2 cores
recommended: 2 GHz or more
2 cores or more
1,3 GHz with 2 cores
recommended: 2 GHz or more
2 cores or more
RAM 2 GB or more 2 GB or more
Display 1.024 x 768 or more 1.024 x 768 or more
License
Activation
Internet connection necessary once for activation Internet connection necessary once for activation
Microsoft Office /
Microsoft .NET
These features require Microsoft Word 2003 or newer and .NET 3.5 or newer. (.NET is automatically installed if missing and might require a system restart):

  • Import .doc/x or .odt-documents
  • Export with Smart Publisher
  • Import of web pages from MAXQDA Web Collector
No special requirements
Additional Comments If you are working with challenging projects and/or large media files adequate computer hardware is recommended.

System Requirements for portable MAXQDA licenses

System requirements for flash drives

These are the additional requirements for the USB flash drive on which a portable MAXQDA license is installed.

USB flash drive

We strongly recommend to use a common USB 3.0 (or higher) flash drive which your computer recognizes as a “Removable Disk“ and a USB 3.0 (or higher) port. A portable license can NOT be installed directly on a computer, laptop or on an external hard drive (“Local Disk”).

Please note: Using a lower USB standard than 3.0 may cause performance problems.

Depending on how you would like to use your license you can install the Windows version, the Mac OS X version or both versions on your USB flash drive. If you install both versions on one USB flash drive, it is sufficient to activate only one of them to be able to use both. Please note that the flash drive must be connected with a Windows computer in order to install the Windows version and with a Mac OS X computer to install the Mac version.

Format

Please format your flash drive with FAT32 if you plan on using it with both Windows and Mac OS X computers.

Host Computer

Please check host computer system requirements for your license. We strongly recommend hardware that is USB 3.0 ready.

Size

Minimum of 600 MB of free space. If you are using the Windows and the Mac version on one USB flash drive, you will need twice this size of free space.

Encryption

Using an USB stick that is encrpyted or has another protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.

System Requirements for the Server PC running MAXQDA License Service (former: MAXServer)

Network licenses need to be set up and managed with our license management tools “MAXQDA License Service” and “MAXQDA License Manager”. This requires the server PC to have Windows 7 or newer. With the MAXQDA License Service, you always have all important information about your MAXQDA network licenses in one spot, and you can easily activate or extend your licenses without installing MAXQDA. The same applies to PC lab licenses (since September 20, 2016 PC lab licenses aren’t available anymore: Licenses for educational institutions)

Both Windows and Mac OS X computers that have MAXQDA installed are able to access the license.

The server, running MAXQDA License Service and Manager, has to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Server 2012, Server 2008 R2
  • RAM: 2 GB or more
  • Environment: Network licenses must be installed in a user-server environment.
MAXQDA 11
for Windows
MAXQDA 11
for Mac
Operating System Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Older Windows versions
use MAXQDA 11.0.11
Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Processor 1,5 GHz
recommended: 2 GHz or more
2 cores or more
1,5 GHz
recommended: 2 GHz or more
2 cores or more
RAM 2 GB or more 2 GB or more
Display 1.280 x 800 or more;
not optimized for high-res displays
(2560×1440 or higher)
no special requirements
License
Activation
For online activation
of license (recommended)
internet connection necessary
For online activation
of license (only option)
internet connection necessary
Import of .doc/.docx-
documents
Microsoft Word 2003 or newer
.NET 3.5 which is automatically installed
if missing and might require a restart
No special requirements
Export with
Smart Publisher
Microsoft Word 2003 or newer
.NET 3.5 which is automatically installed
if missing and might require a restart
No special requirements
Additional Comments If you are working with challenging projects and/or large media files adequate computer hardware is recommended.
MAXQDA 10
Operating System Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Processor 1,0 GHz
RAM 512 MB or more
Display 1.024 x 768
License
Activation
For online activation
of license (recommended)
internet connection necessary
Import of .doc/.docx-
documents
Microsoft Word 2003 or newer
.NET 3.5 which is automatically installed
if missing and might require a restart
MAXQDA 2007
Operating System Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Processor 700 MHz (PIII +)
RAM 128 MB
Display 1.024 x 768
License
Activation
For online activation
of license (recommended)
internet connection necessary