Skip to main content

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Qualitative Data Analysis Software: Free Software

There are plenty of options for Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) platforms. Some are free, others are expensive, and what they offer can vary widely.

Free CAQDAS Software

Listed below are some good examples of high-performance CAQDAS platforms that are free of charge. Some have graphical user interfaces (GUI) and others do not. Some investigation will be required to determine what will best suite your needs. Note that two of these free programs, Aquad and RQDA, make use of the powerful statistical analysis package R. While there is only a plug-in for Aquad, you will need to install R to use RQDA. R is free to download and supported by a vast user community.  

Please see the Introduction to R Library Guide for more information on getting started with R.

What About the Others?

Don't see your favorite CAQDAS platform here?  Let us know about it! Email sc@library.illinois.edu and tell us about your favorite CAQDAS platform.

Scholarly Commons

Scholarly Commons's picture
Scholarly Commons
Contact:
306 Main Library
Drop-ins welcome
Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm
Phone: 217-244-1331
Website