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Software Programs on Campus

There are many software programs available on campus which can help you with your research.

The following is a list of departments on campus who have software available for researchers:

The McMaster Campus Store The McMaster Campus store sells a wide variety of software including Microsoft, Adobe, and Educational Licensing. For more information please visit the Campus Store software page.
University Technology Services (UTS) UTS offers Office 365 to students, staff, and faculty. UTS also offers other Microsoft related software, MatLAB, and more. To view all software please visit the UTS Software page
Research High-Performance Computing Services RHPCS provides research software license hosting for  programs like Matlab. For more information, please e-mail RHPCS.

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  • McMaster has embarked on a pilot test of the Matlab Total Academic Headcount licensing program.
  • The pilot test will run from August 2020 – July 2023. During this period, licenses can be obtained at no cost for all McMaster Faculty, Students and Staff by visiting McMaster University’s MATLAB Portal.
  • Click here to view supported platforms and system requirements for MatLab.
IBM Watson™ Analytics Academic Program
  • Please note that as of June 30th 2019, this program has been suspended by IBM and is no longer available

Software Development

Research Software Development

Web Applications

Jupyter Notebook
  • The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
  • Any McMaster faculty, staff or student can log on to an instance of Jupyter Notebook provided by Compute Canada and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences with their MacID and password. Please login here.
  • McMaster has embarked on a pilot test of a site license for Pavlovia software.
  • The pilot test will run from August 2020 – July 2022. During this period, licenses can be obtained at no cost for all people with an email address by signing in or registering here.
LimeSurvey (Online Survey Software)
  • Research and High-Performance Computing Support (RHPCS) hosts and manages a central Limesurvey instance. Please login here.
  • For McMaster researchers that are going through the ethics review process for their surveys or have received clearance from MREB, this LimeSurvey instance will provide them with survey templates that are research ethics compliant
  • To register for an account and use the ethics compliant templates in this LimeSurvey instance please contact the Ethics Office.
  • You can find more information about how to get access to this Limesurvey instance and how to use the templates here
McMaster Web Conferencing – WebEx
  • WebEx is a web conferencing system that allows real-time communication using audio, video and text chat over the internet. It is a powerful tool that facilitates online meetings, online classes, student group work and other collaborative ideas.
  • McMaster hosts and maintains a WebEx installation. Faculty and staff can request accounts to use the system, free of charge. To request an account, please visit McMaster’s Webex Support page.
  • All eligible McMaster faculty, staff and active students now have access to licensed accounts! Please note: In some cases, users may need to request a zoom license. Generic, Departmental and Role Based accounts are not eligible for a Zoom license.
  • Sign in at with your and your MacID password to activate your zoom license account.