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What is MAXQDA?

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MAXQDA is a world-leading software package for qualitative and mixed methods research and the only leading QDA software to offer identical features on Windows and Mac. It is one of the most comprehensive programs in the field and is used by thousands of researchers in more than 150 countries around the world.

Use MAXQDA for any type of qualitative research – including but not limited to grounded theory, literature reviews, exploratory market research, qualitative text analyses, and mixed methods approaches.

The Interface: Sleek & easy to use

Your Data

Import your data via drag & drop. Group, rename, and color-tag it. Add your own memos. Strong filters and quick search tools ensure that your data is always easy to find!

Your Codes

Set up your categories in a hierarchical or non-hierarchical code system. Create codes inductively, deductively, or semi-automatically using KWIC search results or by importing data from surveys or reports.

Document Browser

View, code, edit, and annotate your documents. Mark passages with different colors, use emoticons, link sources to each other or to geo-locations, websites and external files.


Retrieve your data in just a few clicks. Choose between simple or highly-advanced retrieval options. Jump from your retrieved data back to the original source with one click. Powerful filter options will help you find exactly what you need. Print out or export your findings with one click.

MAXQDA - All Data in one place

All your data, one place

With MAXQDA, you’re prepared for everything.
Whether it’s a simple text document, an Excel table of survey results, a PDF file, image, website, audio or video recording, SPSS data file, bibliographic record, or focus group discussion – even YouTube comments and Twitter data – you can analyze it all!

Transcription & media analysis

Built-in tools for professional transcriptions of audio and video recordings. Of course, you can also import transcripts you’ve created in a separate program and link your transcripts to the original media file. Or code and analyze your media file as it is – even without transcribing it before.

Transcription in MAXQDA
Visual Tools in MAXQDA

Visualize your data & results in MAXQDA

Whether it’s for your analysis or publication, MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research. Visualize the progression of an interview, compare documents, or use MAXMaps to visualize connections in your data. The outputs are always linked to the underlying material – so you’ll never lose sight of the bigger picture.

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Annotate, Paraphrase, Summarize

Write notes while you work and attach them anywhere – to documents, to codes, or to the data itself. Summarize the most important data points or paraphrase them to develop a coding system. With the Memo Manager, Summary Grids and Summary Tables you’ll never lose track of your progress!

Summaries in MAXQDA

What researchers say about MAXQDA

“I spent several months researching the options, and ultimately decided to trial MAXQDA. We brought in a MAXQDA certified trainer, and bought a network license so that our large team at Microsoft could use the tool. We were not disappointed. […] I was so convinced in its efficacy in the applied qualitative field that I bought MAXQDA for my team when I joined Amazon.“
Dr. Sam Ladner Senior UX Researcher, Amazon. Adjunct Professor, University of Washington, USA.

“I have used MAXQDA as my primary recommended qualitative data analysis software program since 2005, when I began facilitating Spanish-language projects and it was the only program with full documentation in Spanish. Since that time, I have taught MAXQDA in a wide variety of settings including education, government, and non-profit organizations.“
Dr. Karen Andes Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA

Mixed Methods tools in MAXQDA

THE mixed methods leader

MAXQDA’s features have been developed in close collaboration with world-leading experts in mixed methods research. Integrate quantitative methods and/or data into your project, link qualitative to quantitative data with Typology Tables, Similarity Analyses, Joint Displays, and more! Quantify the results of your qualitative analyses, or calculate statistical frequencies, all in one program.

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Search & retrieve

MAXQDA’s advanced search functions offer you everything you should expect from professional data analysis software – from a simple one-click activation system to advanced retrieval options for finding overlaps, groups of words, code colors, and more. Or link your data to demographic variables to create groups.

MAXQDA - Search functions
Export MAXQDA Data

Export, Publish & Archive

Export every type of data and all kinds of results – search queries, tables, visualizations, you name it! You can choose between different file formats – Word, Excel, HTML, image files, and more. Create printable reports in your own corporate design or export all of your data at once into a customizable folder structure.

Cross-platform, multilingual

MAXQDA is 100% identical on Windows and Mac, and ideal for working in teams. You can easily transfer complete projects or single elements and test your intercoder-agreement. Perfect for international teams: The interface is available in 15 languages – and it’s Unicode-based so you can label your codes and data elements in any language you like!

Accessibility in MAXQDA

Additional modules in MAXQDA Plus & MAXQDA Analytics Pro

Available in MAXQDA Plus

Quantitative text analysis

Quantitative text Analysis with MAXQDA - Interactive Word Tree

MAXQDA Plus includes the additional module MAXDictio. MAXDictio offers you a diverse range of tools for quantitative text analysis, including but not limited to tools for visual text exploration, content analyses, vocabulary analyses, dictionary-based analyses, and more. MAXDictio – an extra you won’t want to do without!

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Available in MAXQDA Analytics Pro

Statistics made simple

Statistics with MAXQDA - MAXQDA Stats

MAXQDA Analytic Pro includes (in addition to MAXDictio) the Stats module, which equips you with extensive statistical analysis tools. This means you can analyze your Excel, SPSS, or MAXQDA data sets with both descriptive and inferential statistics. MAXQDA Analytics Pro combines the best of qualitative and quantitative research and facilitates the integration of different approaches within mixed methods research better than any other software!

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