MAXQDA System Requirements

 

MAXQDA 2020
for Windows

MAXQDA 2020
for Mac

Operating System Windows 10 (64 bit)
Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Windows 8 (64 bit)
Windows 7 (64 bit)
macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Processor 2 cores with 1,6 GHz each
recommended: 4 or more cores, 2 GHz each
2 cores with 1,6 GHz each
recommended: 4 or more cores, 2 GHz each
RAM 4 GB
recommended: 8 GB or more
4 GB
recommended: 8 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
The import of .doc or .odt documents require Microsoft Word 2003 or newer and .NET 3.5 or newer. (.NET is automatically installed if missing and might require a system restart). 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

A Portable License is a special license which is installed and activated on a USB flash drive. The installation on computers, laptops, or external hard drives is not possible.

 

MAXQDA 2020 Portable
for Windows

MAXQDA 2020 Portable
for Mac

Size min. 900 MB of free space. min. 900 MB of free space.
Format FAT / FAT32 FAT / FAT32 / Mac Journaled / APFS

For macOS Catalina: APFS
USB 3.0 For better performance use USB 3.0 (or higher) flash drive which your computer recognizes as a “Removable Disk“ and a USB 3.0 (or higher) port. For better performance use USB 3.0 (or higher) flash drive which your computer recognizes as a “Removable Disk“ and a USB 3.0 (or higher) port.
No Encryption USB flash drives that are encrypted or have other protective mechanisms may not be recognized correctly. USB flash drives that are encrypted or have other protective mechanisms may not be recognized correctly.
No Docking Stations / Adapters Connect USB flash drive directly to your computer, do not connect it with a USB-C adapter or a docking station. Connect USB flash drive directly to your computer, do not connect it with a USB-C adapter or a docking station.
System requirements for MAXQDA

For the Server PC

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

System Requirements for the Server PC

Operating System Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 R2, 2012
Windows 10 (64 bit), 8.1 (64 bit), 8 (64 bit)
RAM 2 GB or more
Environment Network licenses must be installed in a user-server environment.
System requirements for MAXQDA

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 Netlic Service and occupies a “Seat”.

Client computers must be logged on in the same domain as the server or have an appropriate domain account so that the logon credentials can be entered in MAXQDA.

Please note that a permanent connection to the server is required to use MAXQDA.

The system requirements for client PCs are the same as for “MAXQDA 2020” (top left).

MAXQDA 2018 (Windows/Mac)

  MAXQDA 2018
for Windows
MAXQDA 2018
for Mac
Operating System Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows 7
macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Processor 2 cores with 1.3 GHz each
recommended: 2 or more cores, with 2 GHz each (or more)
1,3 GHz with 2 cores
recommended: 2 or more cores, with 2 GHz each (or more)
RAM 2 GB
recommended: 4 GB or more
2 GB
recommended: 4 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 requir 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.
  MAXQDA 2018 Portable Licenses
Windows & Mac
General 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 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 computer to install the Mac version.

Size At least 600 MB of free space on USB stick. If you are using both the portable Windows and Mac installation on the same USB stick, you will need the double amount of free storage space.
Format FAT32
Encryption Using an USB stick that is encrypted or has other protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.
MAXQDA 2018 Netzwerk / Universität
For the Server PC Network and University licenses are set up and managed with the 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).

System Requirements for the Server PC

Operating SystemWindows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Server 2016, Server 2012 R2, Server 2012, Server 2008 R2
RAM2 GB or more
EnvironmentNetwork licenses must be installed in a user-server environment.
If you are still working the License Service’s predecessor, MAXServer, we recommend that you migrate your license(s) to the MAXQDA License Service. Please contact the MAXQDA support for more information.
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.

Please note that a permanent connection to the server is required to use MAXQDA.

The system requirements for client PCs are the same as for “MAXQDA 2018” (top left).

MAXQDA 2012 (Windows/Mac)

  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.
  MAXQDA 12 Portable Licenses
Windows & Mac
General 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.
Size Please use a common USB flash (Removable Disk) with a minimum of 200 MB of free space. If you are using the Windows and the Mac version on one USB flash drive, a minimum of 400 MB of free space.
Format FAT / FAT32.
Speed A write speed of at least 10 MB per second is recommended if you wish to save and edit your project files directly on the flash drive. If your project file is located on the host computer, the speed is irrelevant.
Encryption Using an USB stick that is encrypted or has other protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.
  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 11 – Portable License
Windows
General Portable licenses can only be installed on USB flash drives, NOT on computers, laptops or external hard drives. You can use a portable license on computers running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.
Size Any common USB flash drive with at least 130 MB of free space.
Speed If you only use the USB flash drive to install and run MAXQDA (and save your project file on the guest computer while working with them) there are no specific requirements for the writing and reading speed of the USB flash drive. If you wish to edit your project files directly on the flash drive, a write speed of at least 10 MB per second is recommended.
Encryption Using an USB stick that is encrypted or has other protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.
  MAXQDA 11 – Portable License
Mac
General A portable license can be installed on a USB flash drive only. It is not possible to install it on a computer, a laptop or on an external hard drive. You can use your portable license on all computers with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher.
Size Any common USB flash drive (“removable disk”) larger than 130 MB.
Speed If you only use the USB flash drive to install and run MAXQDA (and save your project file on the guest computer while working with them) there are no specific requirements for the writing and reading speed of the USB flash drive. If you wish to edit your project files directly on the flash drive, a write speed of at least 10 MB per second is recommended.
Encryption Using an USB stick that is encrypted or has other protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.
  MAXQDA 10
Operating System Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
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 10 – Portable License
Windows
General Portable licenses can only be installed on USB flash drives, NOT on computers, laptops or external hard drives. You can use a portable license on any Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer.
Size Any common USB flash drive with at least 130 MB of free space.
Speed If you only use the USB flash drive to install and run MAXQDA (and save your project file on the guest computer while working with them) there are no specific requirements for the writing and reading speed of the USB flash drive. If you wish to edit your project files directly on the flash drive, a write speed of at least 10 MB per second is recommended.
Encryption Using an USB stick that is encrypted or has other protective mechanisms could lead to the portable license not working correctly.
  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