Software information

We have compiled the status report for a selection of CAQDAS packages. The software are listed in alphabetical order. Contact us if you would like to see other packages listed here.


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: Windows, Mac. & Mobile Aps for iPad and Android

See feature matrix for differences.

ATLAS.ti provides tools for the qualitative analysis of textual, graphical, audio and video data, providing coding, memo-ing and query functionality along with sophisticated hyperlinking tools and semantic networking. Originally developed by Thomas Muhr at the Technical University of Berlin, it is now developed by Scientific Software GmbH.

ATLAS.ti Cloud was released in June 2018. 
ATLAS.ti version 9 was released in September 2020.

See our review of ATLAS.ti (PDF).

Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT)

  • Free and open source
  • Platform: online application

CAT is a free and open source platform for the coding and annotating of text data in teams. It includes tools for measuring inter-rater reliability, adjudicating identified differences between coders, and reporting on the accuracy of codes and coders over time. 

CAT was originally developed by Dr Stuart Shulman at the University of Pittsburgh, and QDAP-UMass at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CAT was first released in 2007 and has been hosted and maintained by Texifter LLP.

CAT was decomissioned in September 2020 but the code is open source, so available for others to host a version


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: online application.

Dedoose was designed to facilitate qualitative and mixed methods analysis and to support collaborative research. Tools for organising, coding and memo-ing and a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods visualisations. Dedoose was developed by Eli Lieber and Thomas S Weisner at SocioCultural Research Consultants LLC. It builds on tools available in its predecessor, EthnoNotes developed by Lieber & Weisner during their time at UCLA.

Dedoose 8 was released in January 2018.

See our review of Dedoose (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: online application.

Delve is an online qualitative analysis platform, developed from a ‘human-centered’ design perspective to enable the collaborative analysis of qualitative data with tools that are simple to learn and navigate. It enables the code-based analysis of text and was explicitly designed to support inductive approaches to qualitative analysis, driven by human interpretation.  Delve is developed by Alex Limpaecher and LaiYee Ho who are based in New York City, USA

Delve was released in 2018

See our review of Delve (PDF)

Digital Replay System (DRS)

  • Free and open source (no longer being developed or supported, but available to download)
  • Platform: PC Windows and Apple Mac.

DRS enables the synchronisation, replay, and analysis of audio and video recordings. Distinctively, DRS also enables these conventional forms of recording to be combined with ‘system logs’, which record interaction within computational environments or are the product of using computational techniques to analyse data. SMS messages, interaction in virtual environments, GPS data, or data from body sensors, for example, may be imported into DRS, synchronised with conventional recordings, and be replayed alongside them.

See our review of DRS (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: online application

DiscoverText is a cloud based application for the analysis of text and social media data that combines human interpretation and machine classification. Tools for peer-based coding and annotating of text, validation of human coding and measuring inter-coder agreement, machine learning and classification based on human interpretation, searching and filtering, visualisation and reporting. 

Discovertext was developed by Dr Stuart Shulman and Mark J. Hoy at Texifter LLP.

See our review of DiscoverText (PDF). 

The Ethnograph

  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows.

The Ethnograph provides tools for the qualitative analysis of text, including coding, memo-ing, searching and filtering. Available since 1984 The Ethnograph was one of the pioneer CAQDAS programs. Developed by John Seidel at Qualis Research.

The current version is

f4analyse and f4transkript

  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows, Apple Mac and Linux. iPad and Android apps.

F4analyse provides tools for text-based analysis, including commenting, coding, memo-ing and querying. F4transkript is a transcription tool that seamlessly integrates with f4analyse. Developed by Thorsten Dresing and Thorsten Pehl.

See our review of f4analyse (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows and Apple Mac.

HyperRESEARCH provides the standard functionality common to many CAQDAS packages for textual and multi-media data together with some additional features provided through the Hypothesis Tester. Researchware also develop and sell an aid to the transcription of audio and video formats, HyperTRANSCRIBE. You can purchase both programs together as a HyperBUNDLE.

HyperRESEARCH 4.5 was released in August 2020.

See our review of HyperRESEARCH (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows, Apple Mac or cloud based.

Leximancer is text-mining and content analysis software the automatically generates topic models based on words or concepts from collections of textual materials. Originally developed in 2000 by ANdres Smith and Michael Humphreys at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, it is not developed and supported by Leximancer Pty Ltd. LexiReader is a lite version that has a smaller set of features. 

The current version of Leximancer is v5

see our review of Leximancer (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows and Apple Mac (exactly the same on both platforms).

MAXQDA enables qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods analysis. There are three products: MAXQDA standard, MAXQDA Plus and MAXQDA Analytics Pro. For an overview of functions of each see the product comparison. Originally developed by Udo Kuckartz at Marburg University it is now developed and supported by Verbi Software GmbH.

MAXQDA 2020 was released in November 2019.

See our review of MAXQDA (PDF). 


  • Open access
  • Platform: online application

QCAmap is an open access, interactive and web-based software tool, which provides tools for the qualitative analysis of  textual and graphical (pictures) material following the techniques of Qualitative Content Analysis (Mayring, 2014). Originally developed by Philipp Mayring and Thomas Fenzl in cooperation with coUnity Software Development GmbH QCAmap is now hosted, developed and supported by Association for Supporting Qualitative Research ASQ, Klagenfurt, AUT

QCAmap was first released in 2013

QSR Interpris

  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows.

Interpris was developed specifically to facilitate efficient organisation, review and analysis of public consultations and survey data in government and applied contexts. It provides tools to automatically detect and categorize themes in survey data, to enable speedy discovery of rich insights in free-text responses. It is the latest product developed by QSR International (who also develop NVivo).

Interpris was launched in September 2017.


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows and Apple Mac – see feature comparison for differences.

NVivo provides tools for qualitative and mixed methods analysis. There are three products: NVivo Pro, NVivo Plus and NVivo for Teams. NVivo also integrates functionality originally developed by NatCen for data analysis using Framework Analysis methodology. Originally developed by Lyn Richards and Tom Richards (who also developed its predecessor, NUD*IST), NVivo is now developed and supported by QSR International.

The new NVivo (R1) was released in March 2020.

See our review of NVivo (PDF).

QDA Miner

  • Commercial software
  • Platform: PC Windows

QDA Miner is a mixed method software, providing coding, memo-ing, organisation and query tools, as well as sophisticated statistical text mining features. Optional add-on modules provide further mixed method elements: Wordstat provides more sophisticated content analysis and text mining tools, and Simstat provides statistical analysis tools.  

QDA Miner 6 was released in September 2020.

See our review of QDA Miner (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Android, Linux.

Quirkos is a tool for analysing qualitative texts. It’s developmental impetus was framed by a desire to design tools that open up qualitative analysis to everyone. An underlying aim of Quirkos is therefore to provide software that is accessible to those without extensive research experience, as well as those working within professional research contexts, that is easy to use and that works across platforms. Developed by Daniel Turner at Quirkos Ltd.

Quirkos 2.3.1 was released in April 2020

See our review of Quirkos (PDF).


  • Open source freeware
  • Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux and can be run on a server (either self-hosted or using the Taguette app).

Taguette is a free and open source tool for highlighting and tagging textual materials and designed to facilitate collaborative working. 

Version 0.9.1 was released in August 2020

TAMS Analyzer

  • Open source freeware
  • Platform: Mac OS and Linux.

Designed for use in ethnographic and discourse research the Text Analysis Markup System (TAMS) is a convention for identifying themes in qualitative texts. TAMS Analyzer provides code / retrieve and analytic functionality and transcription for audio files.

Version 4.50b3 released October 2020 which includes update to run on Mac OS Mojave & Catalina


  • Open source
  • Commercial software
  • Platform: Windows and Mac (exactly the same on both platforms)
  • Single user and multi-user versions.

Transana is qualitative data analysis tool for text, image, audio and video data an incorporates audio-video transcription tools. As well as coding, memo-ing, and searching tolls, it enables the synchronisation of multiple simultaneous media files, meaning up to four media files about the same event can be synchronised and played simultaneously. There are three versions: Transana Basic, Transana Professional and Transana Multi-user. See software comparison for differences. Originally developed by Chris Fassnacht, it is now developed by David Woods of

Transana 3.3.2 was released in July 2019.

See our review of Transana (PDF).


  • Commercial software
  • Platform: web-based.

webQDA is a web-based qualitative analysis application for the analysis of a variety of data types (text, image, video, audio, tables, PDF files, Youtube videos, etc.) in a collaborative, synchronous or asynchronous manner. The development of WebQDA Is a partnership between the University of Aveiro and the company Micro IO. The names of researchers from the University of Aveiro: António Pedro Costa, António Moreira and Francislê Neri de Souza.

webQDA was launched in July 2016.

WordSmith Tools

  • Commercial software
  • Platform: Windows 
  • Single user program

WordSmith Tools is a program suite developed for the lexical analysis of large corpora of texts by the British linguist Mike Scott (University of Liverpool, UK). It comprises numerous tools for the analysis of large textual corpora including the creation of interactive concordances. WordSmith Tools has been used by the Oxford University Press to prepare dictionaries, by language teachers and by researchers investigating linguistic patterns in many different languages world-wide.

WordSmith tools was first released in 1996, and was based on the earlier MicroConcord (1993). It is now developed by Mike Scott and distributed via Lexical Analysis Software Ltd. 

See our review of WordSmith Tools (PDF).