Origin is powerful data analysis and graphing software for scientists and engineers. http://www.originlab.com/.

Origin is now site-licensed for the whole university until 4-Aug-2019.

The site-license is paid equally by Chemistry+Physics+Materials+Divisional Software Licensing Group.

Installation instructions for Department of Materials

Origin is designed to work under Microsoft Windows operating systems.

If you wish to install Origin software on a home machine or any laptop please visit http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/origin and follow the installation instructions. Make sure you register with your @materials email address.

If you wish to have Origin software installed on a Department of Materials desktop, please email itsupport@materials.ox.ac.uk stating:

- your email address and phone number
- the hostname and IP address of the computer
(Start:Run cmd C:\> hostname; C:\> ipconfig )

Origin is designed to work under Microsoft Windows operating systems, however it is possible to use Origin on a Mac running Cross-Over Mac which can be downloaded for £25 (no support). You will need to talk to IT staff to get the origin installer and license and access code.   (Alternatively, and less desirably, there are various methods for running Windows on a Mac either as a virtual machine  in Parallels or as dual boot, but in that case there is more resource requirements in terms of disk space and time requirements in terms of keeping the operating system updated, even if only to run Origin. Note in Parallels you may need to Ctl-Shif-click to RunAs Administrator in order to obtain a license from the OriginLab website.)

Information about Origin

See the Help menu for getting started with Origin, for help with Programming and for several useful Tutorials. Currently IT services does not run any courses about Origin.


Laptop users please be aware the the Origin license was renewed in August 2016 for a further 3 years. If you existing installation of Origin complains about licensing, please see  PDF Origin license renewal instructions or the official Origin license renewal instructions. Alternatively download the latest version of origin from http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/origin.

Queries about the site license should be addessed to Paul Warren.

Queries about the chemistry webpages and chemistry license server should be addressed to Tom Bradshaw.