NEW: MAXQDA 2018 released!

MAXQDA 2018 was released in december 2017. You can find information about the features that were introduced in MAXQDA 12 (2015) below, but it is not the current version of MAXQDA and can not be purchased from the MAXQDA online shop.

Click here to learn about the new features of MAXQDA 2018.

What’s new in MAXQDA 12?

We are incredibly proud and happy to introduce you to our newest software product: MAXQDA 12. Outstanding functionality, reliability, usability and aesthetics have always been and will remain our ‘BIG 4′ principles. MAXQDA 12 is designed with your research in mind and offers innovative and powerful new features you’ll love to use. Here is also a PDF with all The new features of MAXQDA 12


100% MAXQDA on Windows and Mac

MAXQDA 12 is designed from the ground up for both Windows and Mac computers, providing researchers with an identical user experience and access to our rich set of features. When you buy MAXQDA 12 you can install it on both Windows and Mac computers and exchange projects between both versions. This makes MAXQDA the only full featured QDA software that works seamlessly across both platforms.


Beautiful User Interface

The new MAXQDA user interface combines clarity and efficiency with modern software design, looking equally stunning on Windows and Mac. We made sure that every icon and every element follows an intuitive design language that is easy to understand and efficient to use while looking sharp and colorful on large high-resolution monitors as well as small notebooks.


Focus Group Analysis

Focus groups are an effective way of capturing the knowledge, interpretations, and opinions of multiple individuals at once. MAXQDA 12 supports you in working with data material that combines the voices of more than one person with new analytical tools. Each speaker can be treated as a single case, giving you access to the powerful spectrum of MAXQDAs retrieval and visual tools for each single person or for the whole focus group at once.


Twitter Import

We know that twitter is an important data source for a growing number of researchers. From now on you can search and import tweets using all of Twitters powerful advanced filter options from right inside MAXQDA. Automatic coding options for authors and hashtags will save time and boost your social media research.


Second Document Browser

Tabs are already a great way for working with more than one document. But with MAXQDA 12 it is now possible to open up a second document window to view two documents side by side. This is especially useful for creating links between documents or for summarizing and reviewing literature.


Creative Coding

Creative Coding supports open coding and helps you to build categories: Visually arrange and structure codes and themes on a blank canvas. Relations are easily created via drag and drop and the finalized structure can be transformed into the MAXQDA Code System you can then use to continue your analysis. Perfect for open coding and Grounded Theory!


Similarity Analysis

Compare and explore data differences and similarities on an incredibly deep level. The similarity analysis looks at both qualitative and quantitative information and analyzes which documents are the most similar based on codes, code frequency and statistical values. This new Mixed Methods feature of MAXQDA 12 helps you identify groups and patterns in your data.

Survey import in MAXQDA 12

Better Survey Import

The new survey import creates new flexibility for your survey data. Don’t worry about naming and ordering columns or marking variables with special characters. Just import your Excel table and MAXQDA helps you take care of the rest. For long term studies it is now also easier to add multiple waves of data to your already existing analysis.

Document portraits in MAXQDA 12

Enhanced Document Portraits

Using document portraits to visualize codes and to characterize single cases? MAXQDA 12 adds new visual retrieval opportunities. You can now “clean up” portraits to be neatly organize by code color, retrieve coded segments from inside document portraits, and stack colors into bars which enables you to immediately see which codes take up the most space.


Enhanced Summaries

Allowing you to summarize data into your own words is one of the strong points of MAXQDA. The new version takes this feature even further. MAXQDA 12 improves the way variables are displayed in Summary Tables and links your summaries deep into the original data, making them quick to read, export and present to others. The new “Overview of summaries” enables you to display all your summaries for one document, a group of documents, or a code, while easily putting them together in compact lists.

Descriptive & Inferential Statistics

With the introduction of ‘MAXQDA Analytics Pro’ you can bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative analysis with an all-in-one software that excels at both.

Learn more about the statistical data analysis features of MAXQDA Analytics Pro.

Analysis of variance (anova) in MAXQDA

Additional new features


  • Code documents while you are in edit mode
  • Property menu for codes
  • Define individual keyboard shortcuts for most used codes
  • Multiple page coding in PDF documents


  • Autocode multiple words with MAXDictio Coder
  • Autocode xy words before and after a search hit


  • Calculate Kappa
    Code System and Document System
  • Activate documents and codes by single click on the circle next to the code or document
  • icon; also works with a single click on frequency display of coded segments

  • Collapse all documents and subcodes
  • Sort subcodes by frequency

Coding Query

  • Optimized dialog for simple and complex coding query
  • List all codes assigned to a coded segment in the “Retrieved Segments” window

Import and Export

  • Import ODT document from Open Office in Windows, if you have installed Word
  • Include a list of codes assigned to each coded segment when exporting coded segments


  • Text search inside the opened memo
  • Define individual labels for different memo icons
  • Assign memo not only to a single position, but to the range of a highlighted segment

Visual Tools

  • One-Case Model for document groups and document sets
  • Sum for columns and rows in Code Matrix Browser and Code Relations Browser
  • Quote Matrix for Code Relations Browser
  • Drag and drop columns in Code Matrix Browser and Code Relations Browser

Mixed Methods

  • Optimized selection of variable value, e.g. for activating via document variables
  • Typology Table: Highlight highest and lowest value per row; double click on cell to list all assigned coded segments
  • Configuration Table: analyze the combination of up to 10 codes (formerly 5); double click on row to list all assigned coded segments; create frequency tables and diagrams for the results
  • Descriptive statistics for frequency tables
  • Drag and drop columns in Crosstab and Typology Table

Overview Tables

  • New “Overview of Codes” displaying the used codes in documents, document groups, or document sets
  • Filter “Only activated documents” and “Only activated codes” in overview tables
  • Filter for overview tables

Audio and Video

  • New transcription mode and easier assigning of media files to text documents
  • Media Browser: Copy screenshot of video image to clipboard, or create new image document with the displayed video image


  • Ignore existing documents when merging projects