Built specifically for Mac users by dedicated Mac developers, NVivo for Mac is the best native Mac application for qualitative data analysis. If you're a Mac person who needs to find insight in qualitative data, try NVivo for Mac - the advanced, feature rich, qualitative data analysis software, for Mac people.

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NVivo for Mac Overview

  • Import and analyze documents, imagesPDFs, audio, video, spreadsheets, web pages, and Twitter and Facebook data.
  • Work with data in virtually any language.
  • Save time by autocoding datasets.
  • Organize information using theme, case, and in-vivo coding.
  • Review your work with coding stripes and highlighting.
  • Import and create editable, synchronized transcripts.
  • Keep track of thoughts and ideas with memos and annotations.
  • Ask questions of your data using text search, word frequency, coding, and matrix coding queries.
  • Visualize and share your data with word tree and word cloud visualizations.
  • Export items to easily share your data, analysis and findings.
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Widest data support

Widest data support

Import, manage and analyze text, audio, video, images and spreadsheets. Additionally, download and use NCapture, a simple browser plugin, to collect social media and web content. 

NVivo for Mac is the only native Mac qualitative data analysis software that allows you to collect data from both Facebook and Twitter as rich datasets. So you can access the online conversations and content about your topic of interest, but also the valuable data behind the comments, like demographics and locations.
Keep data organized

Keep data organized

Use powerful organization and search tools to keep your data under control. Storing all your information in the one place means you can find what you need quickly and easily

Save time by automatically grouping information based on your set criteria. Store ideas, assumptions and future plans in memos so you can prepare reports faster, and increase transparency and reliability. Use annotations to make notes about information in documents and PDFs as you work, so you don't lose ideas that you want to explore later.
Categorize and analyze

Categorize and analyze

Use powerful tools to categorize and classify data

Use coding to bring different themes and topics, or entities like places and people together in a single category, so it's easier to search, compare and identify patterns in your data. If you're working with structured datasets, like surveys, take advantage of time-saving auto coding and auto classification functionality. 

Keep entities like people and places separate as cases so you can build powerful queries based on attributes like demographic data.
Ask questions of your data

Ask questions of your data

Look for emerging themes and discover words and concepts using text search and word frequency queries. 

Search for content based on how it's been organized using coding queries. Find all content coded at selected nodes and combine multiple criteria to ask deeper questions. Test ideas, explore patterns and see connections between themes, topics, people and places in your project. 

Then if you need to understand how groups differ in their opinions, experiences or behaviour, try a matrix coding query

Visualize your research

Visualize your research

Use visualizations to see your data through different lenses and uncover subtle themes, trends and patterns. Use coding stripes and highlighting to review your work. Visually represent words of interest in context, and discover new themes, phrases and lines of enquiry using word trees

Word clouds help you to find key terms across different sources, themes or your whole project.

When you're ready to share your findings, export your visualizations and use them to support the story of your research in reports and presentations.

System Requirements

NVivo for Mac will run on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. View full system requirements.


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About NVivo for Mac Licenses

If you have an active, individual license for NVivo 11 Pro for Windows or NVivo 11 Plus for Windows, you're entitled to download and install NVivo for Mac at no extra cost, provided the total number of devices in use in any combination doesn’t exceed two. The software is for your exclusive use only and cannot be used on both devices at the same time.

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Important Information About Working with NVivo 11 for Windows and NVivo for Mac 

You can use the ‘Copy Project’ feature in NVivo 11 for Windows to convert your NVivo 11 for Windows projects to NVivo for Mac projects.

Before converting any projects, we recommend you backup your project and also understand the cross platform limitations and issues as all data may not successfully convert due to restrictions on data interchange between operating systems. Please note that to work with a project in this way, you need to be using the latest version of NVivo for Mac with NVivo 11 for Windows. 

Due to cross platform limitations and issues we recommend that teams avoid using NVivo for Windows and NVivo for Mac for one project. All data may not successfully convert between platforms due to restrictions on data exchange between operating systems. 


Enterprise Licenses are the most cost effective option for organizations that require multiple NVivo licenses. Contact us for a quote.

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