Software licensing

The School of Computer Science holds volume and site licenses for a wide array of software products.

Volume licenses provide the right for persons affiliated with the School of Computer Science to use software. That right is revoked upon termination of affiliation for any reason. A few companies provide ways for individuals to obtain permanent rights to use the software upon termination. Most volume licenses provide "right to use" and, in some cases, "installation privileges" for active faculty, staff, and students of the School of Computer Science. The software cannot be used by or given to others.

None of the licenses held by the School of Computer Science permits the commercial or for-profit use of the applications. Some of the licenses restrict use of the software to instructional purposes.

Obtaining software

SCS Computing Facilities offers a baseline software set as part of our Software Support Service (for CMU assets, subscription required) for our three supported desktop computing platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS and Ubuntu. This support incurs a monthly charge.

In addition to the baseline software that is installed in a standard build for these operating systems, we provide access to software shares for Windows, Self Service stores for Mac and repositories for Ubuntu Linux, providing direct installation of available application packages. If you cannot access a specific application on one of our software distribution servers, you probably need specific permission to download, install or use it. To obtain such permission, send mail to with the name of the software package, and the CMU asset number and hostname of the computer on which the software will be installed.

Additional resources

If you are looking for software not found in our offerings, please be sure to visit the CMU Software Catalog.

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If you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to reach out to the CMU Software Licensing Office before purchasing commercial software as we may have negotiated or discounted pricing on many software titles.