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NVivo 10 for Windows
NVivo Logo
NVivo 10 screenshot
NVivo 10 for Windows screenshot.
Developer(s) QSR International
Stable release 10 / June 2012
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Qualitative data analysis
Website www.qsrinternational.com/products_nvivo.aspx
NVivo for Mac
NVivo Logo
NVivo for Mac Beta screenshot
NVivo for Mac screenshot.
Developer(s) QSR International
Stable release Commercial release / June 2014
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Qualitative data analysis
Website www.qsrinternational.com/products_nvivo-mac.aspx

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.[1]

NVivo is used predominantly by academic, government, health and commercial researchers across a diverse range of fields, including social sciences such as anthropology, psychology, communication, sociology, as well as fields such as forensics, tourism, criminology and marketing.[citation needed]

The first NVivo software product was developed by Tom Richards in 1999. Originally called NUD*IST, it contained tools for fine, detailed analysis and qualitative modeling.


NVivo is intended to help users organize and analyze non-numerical or unstructured data. The software allows users to classify, sort and arrange information; examine relationships in the data; and combine analysis with linking, shaping, searching and modeling.

The researcher or analyst can test theories, identify trends and cross-examine information in a multitude of ways using its search engine and query functions. They can make observations in the software and build a body of evidence to support their case or project.[2]

NVivo accommodates a wide range of research methods, including network and organizational analysis, action or evidence-based research, discourse analysis, grounded theory, conversation analysis, ethnography, literature reviews, phenomenology, mixed methods research and the Framework methodology.[3] NVivo supports data formats such as audio files, videos, digital photos, Word, PDF, spreadsheets, rich text, plain text and web and social media data.[4] Users can interchange data with applications like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, IBM SPSS Statistics, EndNote, Microsoft OneNote, SurveyMonkey and Evernote; and order transcripts from within NVivo projects, using TranscribeMe.[5]

NVivo is available with English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Simplified Chinese interfaces. A separate Japanese version is also available.[6]

Version history[edit]

Note: software named NUD*IST from 1981 till 1997.

  • N4 - 1997
  • N5 - 2000
  • N6 - 2002
  • NVivo 2 - 2002
  • NVivo 7 – 2006 (consolidation of NVivo and N6 (NUD*IST))
  • NVivo 8 - 2008
  • NVivo 9 - 2010
  • NVivo 10 - 2012
  • NVivo for Mac Beta - 2014
  • NVivo for Mac commercial release - 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What is qualitative research?" QSR International Retrieved on 27-11-2008.
  2. ^ Karen Dearne, Australian IT (July 2008) "Not easy being green, but audits help" Retrieved on 28-11-2008.
  3. ^ Strategic partnership delivers greater flexibility to qualitative researchers in the UK and around the world, National Centre for Social Research, Retrieved 17-10-2011.
  4. ^ About NVivo 10, Retrieved 16-07-2012.
  5. ^ NVivo and TranscribeMe
  6. ^ NVivo 10 Software for Unstructured Data Analysis Now Available in Six New Languages, Retrieved 26-02-2013

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