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  • State-of-the-art Qualitative Analysis Software. Easily analyse documents, interviews, focus groups, text/video/audio files, literature reviews, images, and more
  • Wide range of visualization tools: word clouds, charts, tables, concept maps, and more
  • Offers mixed methods, statistical, and quantitative content analysis tools
  • Easy to use and learn thanks to its user-friendly interface. We also offer a wide range of free video tutorials and other learning materials ideal for new users
  • 100% identical on Windows and Mac

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Download our free and fully functional trial version and try MAXQDA with your own research data – or use the included example projects. Once you’ve filled out the form below you’ll receive an e-mail with the download link and free learning resources like our video tutorials and manuals.

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Core features of MAXQDA

All-in-One Qualitative Analysis Software

Use MAXQDA to manage your entire research project. Easily import data from interviews, focus groups, online surveys, web pages, images, audio and video files, spreadsheets, bibliographic data, YouTube data, and even tweets.

Organize your data in groups, link relevant quotes to each other, and share and compare work with your team members. Your project file stays flexible and you can expand and refine your category system as you go to suit your research.

Documents and codes in qualitative analysis software MAXQDA

Analysis in qualitative analysis software MAXQDA

Code and retrieve

Mark important information in your data with different codes by using codes, colors, symbols, or emoticons. Code quickly via drag & drop or with automatic coding, search for words and organize your thoughts and theories in memos that can be linked to any element of your project.

Retrieve your coded segments with one click or use MAXQDA’s powerful search tools to test and develop new theories.


Great ideas will often occur to you while you’re reading or coding your data. Memos are the perfect place to note them down. Choose from 11 different memo icons. The unique MAXQDA memo manager and lexical search function guarantee immediate access to every single memo at any time. Memos are also great for creating audit trails or for paraphrasing passages into your own words.

Transcribe and analyze videos with our QDA software MAXQDA

Analyze and transcribe media files

Use MAXQDA to code audio and video files directly without creating a transcript first. Or transcribe your media to analyze the written text instead – while always staying connected to the original media clips. MAXQDA has extended transcription functions with which you can adapt the speed or the sound volume of your audio and video files and use foot pedals to speed up the transcription.

Media clips are treated like any other segments in MAXQDA. You can code, retrieve, comment and assign a weight to these segments in the same way as with other segments.

The mixed methods expert – integrate demographics

Use our qualitative analysis software and integrate quantitative methods or data into your project. Link qualitative data to demographic variables, quantify the results of qualitative analyses or calculate statistical frequencies.

The advanced version MAXQDA Plus additionally includes the add-on module MAXDictio, which adds quantitative text analysis functionality to MAXQDA, so you can easily analyze vocabulary or text content.

Mixed Methods analysis with MAXQDA

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Compare the features of MAXQDA Standard, Plus and Analytics Pro.

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