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.

USB Flash Drives

Selecting a USB flash drive

We strongly recommend using 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 and the compatibility of MAXQDA Portable with all off-the-shelf USB sticks cannot be guaranteed. In individual cases it may be necessary to obtain an alternative USB flash drive in order to successfully activate the license.

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.

Important Information about the use of a portable license

To ensure the operation of your portable license, please note the following:

  • Disconnect the USB thumb drive only after MAXQDA has been closed.
  • Always use the function “eject” (right click on the USB thumb drive icon) before disconnecting the USB thumb drive.
  • Handle your USB thumb drive with care to avoid damage.

Format

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

Encryption

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

Host Computer

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

Format

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

For the Server PC

Network and university licenses need to be set up and managed with our MAXQDA License Service and MAXQDA License Manager in a Windows environment. The MAXQDA License Manager gives you on demand access to all the information concerning your MAXQDA Network License and allows you to easily activate or extend your license(s).

The same applies to PC Lab Licenses (since September 20 2016 PC Lab Licenses are no longer available). To connect MAXQDA 12 installations to the MAXQDA License Service, MAXQDA 12.2.0 or later must be installed on the client computers (free update available). Older versions of MAXQDA 12 can be managed with the License Service’s predecessor, MAXServer.

System Requirements for the Server PC

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

For the client computer

Users can access a MAXQDA network license with both Windows and Mac computers. When MAXQDA is started, the client PC logs on to the MAXQDA License Service and occupies a “Seat”. Server admins are able to monitor which clients are currently working with MAXQDA.

The system requirements for client PCs are the same as for “MAXQDA 12” (top left).

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
Windows 10
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