Standard installation

NVivo Mac (Release 1.0)

This topic describes how to install NVivo Mac (Release 1.0) and how to enter and activate a license.

Install NVivo Mac

NVivo Mac (Release 1.0) is available as a download from

To install NVivo Mac:

  1. Locate and double-click the NVivo dmg file that you downloaded.

  2. Drag the NVivo icon into your Applications folder.

Activate a license and set up user profile

You need to activate your license key—this is a simple and secure process that ensures valid licenses are used to operate the software.

Each instance of NVivo needs to be activated, so if you are installing NVivo in an onsite laboratory or across a network, activation is required from each workstation. NVivo Mac (Release 1.0) introduces keyless activation using a myNVivo account. This can be using an individual license a user has purchased, or an enterprise license key. If you are an enterprise administrator, please see the enterprise administrator help for how to invite users to use an enterprise license.

To activate using myNVivo:

  1. Start NVivo

  2. Accept the license agreement, if prompted.

  3. On the Activate NVivo dialog, click Sign in to myNVivo and enter your login details.

    • If there are multiple accounts associated with your myNVivo profile, select an account and click Activate.

    • If you are eligible to trial NVivo you can activate the trial by clicking Activate Trial.

  4. Click OK.

  5. On the User Profile dialog box, you are prompted to set up the default NVivo user profile:

    • Enter the user’s name for their user profile.

    • Enter the user’s initials—these will be used to identify any work that they do in a project.

  6. Click OK. 


  • If the user does not have an Internet connection, please contact NVivo support for assistance with an offline activation.

Deactivating NVivo Mac

You can deactivate the NVivo license on a particular computer. For example, if a user gets a new computer, they should deactivate the NVivo license on the old computer, before installing and activating NVivo on the new computer.

To deactivate NVivo via the Internet:

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the Internet.

  2. If you have an NVivo project open, you must close it before you can deactivate the license—on the menu bar, choose File > Close.

  3. On the menu bar, choose NVivo > Licensing > Deactivate.

  4. Click Yes to confirm.

NVivo deactivates the license and displays a message confirming that the license has been deactivated.

  1. Click OK.

Uninstalling NVivo Mac

Before you uninstall NVivo, you need to deactivate it.

To uninstall NVivo for Mac:

  1. Drag the NVivo app from the Applications folder to the Trash.

  2. Empty the Trash.