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NVivo: Getting Started


 

 
The SFU site license for NVivo allows SFU students, faculty, staff and SFU-based members of research teams to download NVivo to their individual home computers and laptops. Grad students and faculty can do so by using the self-serve download page. Staff and research team members, please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca to request access.  If you elect, on the download page, to receive messages from the Research Commons about NVivo, you will receive information about extending the license when the current license term expires.

Upgrading to NVivo 11 (if you have already installed NVivo 10)

You will need to download the new software -- click through the self-serve download. You will need to copy and paste the new license key when you launch NVivo 11 the first time. 

For Windows: Compatibility with previous versions of NVivo

NVivo 11 for Windows allows users to open and work with projects from previous versions of QSR software: NVivo 10, NVivo 9, NVivo 8, NVivo 7, NVivo 2, NVivo 1, N6 (NUD*IST 6), N5 and N4.

These previous versions can continue to operate on the same computer as NVivo 11.

NVivo provides backward compatibility—if a user with a later version of NVivo attempts to open a project in an earlier format (for example, a user opens an NVivo 10 SP6 project in NVivo 11), the user is prompted to convert the project to the later format. The original project is not modified; instead a converted copy of the project is created.

NVivo does not provide forward compatibility—the user cannot open a project with a later format. For example, if a user wants to open an NVivo 11 for Windows project, they must have NVivo 11 for Windows (or later) installed.

Make sure that team members collaborating in a standalone project or a server project are using the same version (and service pack) of the NVivo software. Projects in NVivo 11 for Windows format cannot be opened in NVivo 10. If team members are not using the same service pack, they may not be able to use the same features.

For Mac: Compatibility with previous versions of NVivo for Mac

NVivo for Mac (Version 11) allows users to open and work with projects from earlier versions (10.0, 10.1, 10.2).

NVivo for Mac (Version 11) and NVivo for Mac (Version 10) can be installed on the same computer. However, the two versions of software cannot be run at the same time. If you no longer intend to use the earlier version, we recommend that you uninstall it before installing NVivo for Mac (Version 11).

NVivo for Mac provides backward compatibility. If a user with a later version of NVivo attempts to open a project produced by an earlier version—for example, a user opens an NVivo for Mac (Version 10.2) project in NVivo for Mac (Version 11)—the user is prompted to upgrade the project. The original project is not modified; instead a converted copy of the project is created.

NVivo does not provide forward compatibility. The user cannot open a project in an earlier version of the software. For example, if a user wants to open an NVivo for Mac (Version 11) project, they must have NVivo for Mac (Version 11 or later) installed.

 

Need access to NVivo 10 for a project that is already underway? Please contact nvivo-rc@sfu.ca 
To request installation of NVivo on SFU computers, please contact your departmental LAN administrator.

Quick reference guide

The Getting Started Guide for NVivo 11 for Windows and for Mac serves as an introduction and instructional manual for your reference. It contains insights about the workflow with NVivo and how you can use all of its features for your research. It will get you started very quickly and help you move forward with your data.

For resources to help you get up and running with NVivo 11 including online help, eWorkshops and training, visit QSR Getting Started;
Technical support is also available directly from NVivo via FAQs and this form.

Tutorials and video clips

QSR International, the maker of NVivo, provides many informative video clips that demonstrate basic or more advanced features of the software.

NVivo 11 for Windows videos.

NVivo for Mac (version 11) videos.