NVivo Logo NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research.  It helps you organize, analyze and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data. This includes sources such as, interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content. NVivo can support your research activities through quickly organizing, storing and retrieving data, uncovering connections in ways that aren’t possible manually and backing-up findings with evidence.

What is NVivo?

  • Import and analyze text, images, video, emails, spreadsheets, online surveys,
    web data and information from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Text search, word frequency, theme, case, and relationship coding queries
  • Import articles from reference management software
  • Matrix coding and coding comparison queries
  • Import survey data directly from note-taking software, SurveyMonkey, Evertnote, Onenote, and Qualtrics
  • Hierarchical visualizations, geovisualizations, cluster analysis, project, concept
    and mind maps
  • Framework analysis, Automated Insights
  • Charts, word clouds, word trees, explore and comparison diagrams
  • Memos and annotations

Getting NVivo


NVivo is available for current students conducting qualitative research. Please fill out the NVivo Request Form for access.


NVivo is available for faculty and staff. If you are interested in accessing the software for a SJSU research project, please fill out the NVivo Request Form for desktop access. 

NVivo is available for both Windows and Mac.

Getting Started with NVivo playlist

A convenient way to access specific learning modules as needed.

Windows: NVivo for Windows video playlist on YouTube

Mac: NVivo for Macintosh video playlist on YouTube