ULTIMO RILASCIO: 10 Settembre 2020

ATLAS.ti is a powerful qualitative analysis software offering the greatest variety of tools for accomplishing all the tasks associated with a systematic approach to unstructured data, i.e. data that cannot be meaningfully analyzed by formal, statistical approaches. It helps you to explore the complex phenomena hidden in your textual and multimedia data. For coping with the inherent complexity of the tasks and the data, ATLAS.ti offers a powerful, intuitive environment that keeps you focused on the analyzed materials. It is a tightly integrated suite of tools that support your analysis of written texts, audio, video, and graphic data. The integration of its tools is designed to perfectly support the work flow of the qualitative researcher. Hence, ATLAS.ti brings to the job highly sophisticated tools to manage, extract, compare, explore, and reassemble meaningful segments of large amounts of data in flexible and creative, yet systematic ways.



The image of our software as a “knowledge workbench” is more than just a lively analogy. Analytical work involves tangible elements: research material requires piecework, assembly, reworking, complex layouts, and some special “tooling”. A well-stocked workbench provides you with the necessary instruments to thoroughly analyze and evaluate, search and query your data, to capture, visualize and share your findings.



A typical project deals with sifting through large sets of diverse documents, notes, and multi-media files, and examining and comparing such sources regarding a specific line of inquiry.  While the technical side of selecting, and organizing useful portions of your data might seem manageable when dealing with just a handful of source documents, it can tend to become overwhelming as the number of sources mount. Enter a specialized software package like ATLAS.ti: It lets you extract, categorize, and interlink data segments from a large variety and volume of source documents. Based on your analysis, the software supports you in discovering patterns and testing hypotheses. With numerous output options and collaboration tools, your analysis is easily accessible to yourself and others.



To understand how ATLAS.ti handles data, visualize your entire project as an intelligent “container” that keeps track of all your data. This container is your ATLAS.ti project. The project keeps track of the paths to your source data and stores the codes, code groups, network views, etc. that you develop during your work. Your source data files are copied and stored in a repository. The standard option is for ATLAS.ti to manage the documents for you in its internal database. If you work with larger audio or video files, they can be linked “externally” to your project to preserve disk space. All files that you assign to the project (except those externally linked) are copied, i.e. a duplicate is made for ATLAS.ti’s use. Your original files remain intact and untouched in their original location. Your source data can consist of text documents (such as interviews, articles, reports); images (photos, screen shots, diagrams), audio recordings (interviews, broadcasts, music), video clips (audiovisual material), PDF files (papers, brochures, reports), and even geo data (locative data using Open Street Map). Once your various documents are added or linked to an ATLAS.ti project, your real work can begin. Most commonly, early project stages involve coding different data sources. Coding is the basic activity you engage in when using ATLAS.ti and is the basis of everything else you will do. In practical terms, coding refers to the process of assigning categories, concepts, or “codes” to segments of information that are of interest to your research objectives. We have modeled this function to correspond with the time-honored ATLAS.ti 8 Windows – Quick Tour BASIC CONCEPTS 7 practice of marking (underlining or highlighting) and annotating text passages in a book or other documents. In its central conceptual underpinnings, ATLAS.ti has drawn deliberately from what might be called the “paper and pencil paradigm.” The user interface is designed accordingly, and many of its processes are based on—and thus can be better understood by—this analogy. Because of this highly intuitive design principle, you will quickly come to appreciate the margin area as one of your most central and preferred work space—even though ATLAS.ti almost always offers a variety of ways to accomplish any given task.


ATLAS.ti offers numerous functionalities that are either completely unique or clearly stand out from the rest of all QDA software packages out there. Here are just a few.


Meaningful Coding Hierarchies: The ATLAS.ti Object Explorer is a clickable tool that lists all work and connections between documents and their quotes. It shows connections of every code with every other code and provides sophisticated views of the coding scheme ( including all the interconnections). Of course, hierachical views of the coding scheme are also possible.


Grouping: ATLAS.ti lets you group codes without changing the coding scheme via its simple-to-use code families (shortcuts to codes)


Transitive Relationships: A unique and extremely powerful feature of ATLAS.ti is its capability of letting you define functional relationships, embodied in transitive (or hierarchical) links, such as ‘is a’, ‘part of; ‘causes’ etc. Its powerful Query Tool lets you retrieve data based on transitivity.


Flexible Searching / Retrieving / Filtering: ATLASti makes it quick and easy to focus attention on parts of the dataset without even opening its dedicated search tools. Double clicking on code and/or document families filters your work in various ways, providing great insight into the dataset without . Codes can be sorted in multiple ways in ATLAS.ti; this adds great flexibility to the ways information about progress and frequency can be produced.


< ATLAS.ti sports powerful search & retrieve functions with Boolean, semantic, and proximity-based operators. Searches always locate coded quotations in context which keeps you very close to the source data at all times.


Comprehensive Annotations: ATLAS.ti gives you numerous different ways to fully annotate your material. Attach extensive comments (even containing multimedia and embeded objects!) to any program object, i.e. quotations, documents, codes or networks. Or create standalone memos that become automous objects and are centrally listed, accessible and searchable.


Powerful Hyperlinking:  Hyperlinking allows for precise point-to-point jumping around the dataset at text level. ATLAS.ti enables this very effectively for both text and multimedia, e.g. audiovisual data. In text the hyperlinks flagged in the margin view are easily navigated by clicking.



ATLAS.ti’s multimedia capabilities are and have always been second to none (remember that ATLAS.ti introduced multimedia analysis features as early 1996!)

Create quotations in any type of audio / video /
image file just like in textual documents

Annotate multimedia quotations

Hyperlink between multimedia quotations and text files (and vice versa, of course…)

Assign multimedia files like textual files as standalone documents



No doubt, ATLAS.ti is a sophisticated and complex piece of software. However, despite its many formidable capabilities, independent testers have praised it to be “very interactive and flexible” (Lewins/Silver, p.) as well as easy to get started with.

Nearly all activities that you will need to perform in ATLAS.ti are based on drag and drop: Linking, coding, and merging, use of the data managers and last but not least its fully interactive margin area are extremely user-friendly and work just the way you would expect it. There is simply no more intuitive and no more efficient way of working than the one you’re already used to from countless Windows applications.


A great manual and a live help system, easy-to-follow quick start instructions and especially a growing library of online video tutorials help you get started without too much trouble.


Our much-praised online support is included in the price of every license. And if you still feel you need more or more specific guidance, numerous independent trainers offer dedicated workshops all over the world.


These sources of support are available to you at all times:

Comprehensive Program Manual
Interactive Program Help
Quick Tour
ATLAS.ti Forum
Mailing List
Online Support Center


From its first release over a decade and a half ago, ATLAS.ti has been hailed by users for the way it has been designed with their concrete needs and the way they work in mind. Here are a few highlights:


Interface: Any combination of functions can be open together, which allows equally for extremely comfortable and efficient work. A major independent study specifically praised ATLAS.ti for its “slick interactivity between different objects and tasks” which contributes to the high degree of “fluidity with which you can flick between views and functions.” (Lewins/Silver, p.) Unlike other programs, ATLAS.ti employs line wrapping of text when the window size is reduced.


Interactive Margin: ATLAS.ti introduced the classic margin view as early as 1996.


It is ATLAS.ti’s perhaps most central work view, and it facilitates work by providing an extremely intuitive environment that emulates a traditional paper-and-pencil feel. Your codes are conveniently in view at all times, even appearing simultaneously as you code.


Its ability to let you choose between viewing codes, memos or hyperlinks, or combinations of them is unique to ATLAS.ti and makes it the most intuitive and most flexible QDA tool out there.


Navigation, Units of Context:  ATLAS.ti displays the widest variety of units of context while at the same giving you the most precise text segments at the lower levels (word, sentence, paragraph). Clear and concise points of reference (such as line and paragraph numbers) always make moving around–even large documents–easy.



ATLAS.ti is fully teamwork-oriented and puts special emphasis on supporting group work.


Its project merging capability is superior to that of any other QDA software because ATLAS.ti uses a stronger and more rigorously designed authorship model than anyone else.


Each object is clearly assigned to an author, allowing for flexible merging, filtering, and multiplication of projects. And ATLAS.ti’s strong authorship rights model also supports a concise security model.


Merging a project from a multitude of sources–local or remote!–is just as you would expect: straightforward, logical, and simple.


Various tools and functions make collaborative work a breeze–all the more when you consider that collaboration in most cases means several individuals primarily working separately on independent aspects of a problem. The crucial point is the software’s ability to exchange work between users and to merge contributions into a larger context.


ATLAS.ti has highly developed, powerful functions to perform all of these tasks reliably. Its Merge tools and its Copy Bundle function, along with its support for data access on remote drives and even through VPN, help you to master all aspects of collaborative project management and flexibly support the way your research team likes to work.



ATLAS.ti understands the necessity to sometimes re-use research results for processing and publication in other applications. It therefore sports the widest range of export and reporting facilities of any QDA package.


SPSS, Excel, and HTML are standard export formats for your projects. But they by no means exhaust the possibilities for integration with your IT demands.


Through its native XML output and and assisted by an extensive number of XSLT-filters that come included in the package, ATLAS.ti can export your complete data to virtually ANY application. By supporting the open standard XML, ATLAS.ti is the first QDA tool to create a platform for the universal exchange, storage, and processing of QDA data.


Formats that can be supported by implementing this standard are as manifold as their intended purposes: Elegant reporting on- and offline, professional pre-print, conversion into the most diverse application formats, and many more.


ATLAS.ti comes with several dozens filters for reporting, exchanging data between users, and export to application formats, all of which can be modified and adapted by users to suit their specific purposes. Custom programming services are also available.



ATLAS.ti is known for its long upgrade cycles (we release major versions only every few years), but also for its active update policy that always gives you that latest available developments–for free!


We release numerous free updates and minor version upgrades each year, almost all of which are not mere “bug-fixes” but add significant new functionality.


Typically, there are somewhere between 10 to 20 “mini-upgrades” during the life-cycle of a major version. What others tout as new versions (and charge users for are considered included in the initial purchase price. Your software keeps “growing” and adapting to new developments for years to come–all free of charge to you.


When we do release major versions, they present significant steps forward and introduce powerful, innovative, and elegant new paradigms not available anywhere else. Simply German engineering at its best.

The following features are new in ATLAS.ti 9 (Windows and Mac):



New auto coding with synonyms, AND/OR queries, and inflected terms

Expert mode with GREP and overall improved workflow

Named Entity Recognition (NER)


With the recent advances in Deep Learning technology, the ability of algorithms to analyze text has improved considerably. Creative use of advanced artificial intelligence techniques can be an effective tool for doing in-depth research. ATLAS.ti 9 now includes such technology to enhance the research experience and to increase your productivity.

Under the Search & Code tab, ATLAS.ti offers four ways of searching for relevant information in your data that can then be automatically coded.

Text Search

Expert Search

Named Entity Recognition (NER)

Sentiment Analysis




Considering that coding is perhaps the single-most fundamental activity in ATLAS.ti, we have re-invented it to make your work faster and more efficient!

The coding dialog opens automatically when you double-click on a quotation in the margin area. You can then add an existing code to the quotation by clicking on the “plus” sign. Remove a code by clicking on “minus.”

You can view your code definition by selecting a code in the list.






The newly enhanced Welcome Screen lets you perform all important project management tasks, such as creating, importing, deleting and renaming your projects.

On the right-hand pane, it also gives you quick access to essential resources like the manual, the Quick Tour, and sample projects. Further, you no longer miss important information about updates, free webinars, new video tutorials blog articles or other publications about ATLAS.ti.



Another are where our focus on usability and efficiency comes to bear is the new Quotation Reader. It allows you to conveniently read quotations coded by a selected code or as a result of a query. You can modify existing codes, i.e. adding or removing codes. This allows you to review already coded data and continue coding on sub sections of your data.

You will now encounter the Quotation Reader across the entire program–basically every time you retrieve quotations that are either based on a single code or on a query. Under the View tab, you can switch the preview mode between single line, small, and large preview modes.




Data Visualization is a great way to simplify the complexity of understanding relationships among data. The Sankey Diagram is one such powerful technique to visualize the association of data elements.

Sankey Diagrams provide rich interactive visualization, resulting in attractive graphics for information materials, and effective visual data exploration practices! We are putting this tool into your hands so that you do not need a graphic artist for creating beautiful visualizations of your results.


Sankey diagrams allow you to show complex processes visually, with a focus on a single aspect or resource that you want to highlight. They…

…offer the added benefit of supporting multiple viewing levels: Viewers can get a high level view, see specific details, or generate interactive views.

…make dominant factors stand out, and help you to see the relative magnitudes and/or areas with the largest contributions.

…complement the Code Document Table: As soon as you create a table, a Sankey diagram visualizing the data will be shown below the table.




You may know the following concepts under different names; they have been completely re-thought, expanded, and augmented with powerful new options:



ATLAS.ti automatically lists all the codes that you merge and adds the date and time when they were merged. If a code that is merged already has a comment, this comment is merged as well.








ATLAS.ti Mac now also supports Dark Mode.








In the Mac version, the word cloud is an alternative view of the word list. You can change between list and cloud view in the same window.








Relations – Create new relation option when creating a link

Menus (Mac) – Menus have been reorganized to optimize usability and work flow. There is no longer a Tools menu; its functions have been integrated elsewhere.

Searchable Help – You can access the manual from within ATLAS.ti by clicking in F1 (Windows) or the question marks. This will directly take you to the online help. PDF versions of the manual and the Quick Tour are also available and can be used for easier printing and offline reading.

Flexible, Web-based license management system – Users of nulti-user and campus licenses in particular benefit from our powerful new license management system. A detailed overview of the various functions can be found here.





As mentioned above, every license of ATLAS.ti 9 now includes access to ATLAS.ti Cloud. Additionally, we have launched a monthly “Cloud Only” version for students. For all other users who no longer have student status, there is a monthly personalized “Cloud Only” version.

For all cloud beta users: You will still have access to your account/project at any time and will be able to view, export and, if it is under the limitations of the free version (see below), edit it. If your project falls below the following limits, you can continue working on it until you reach the limits:

10 documents

50 quotations
25 codes
2 memos
1 report

Export for desktop is always possible
Excel project export is always possible
Deleting of objects is always possible





The Berlin-based ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “licenser”) is manufacturer of the “ATLAS.ti” standard software (hereinafter referred to as “the software”) and offers training courses (hereinafter referred to as “courses”) of the software. The licenser is the holder of the copyright thereto, but not seller of the software or the courses. The seller and therefore contracting partner of the customer (hereinafter referred to as the “customer”) is Cleverbridge AG, Cologne, Germany.

The licenser provides the software to the customer within the scope of the following conditions of use:

2. Types of Licenses

(1) ATLAS.ti offers the use of the software in the following types of licenses:

  • individual or multi-user license through purchase of the software
  • student license
  • multi-user license through rental of the software
  • individual or multi-user license as a so-called educational license through purchase or rent of the software by recognized educational institutions

(2) Furthermore, the customer can receive free patches (“updates”) and purchase further developments of the software (“upgrades”), if the licenser produces them. The licenser is not obligated to produce such upgrades. In case of patching or further development, the new version will be made available to the customer on a suitable data medium or online by his seller, as a rule Cleverbridge AG in Cologne.


3. Individual Licenses, Student Licenses

(1) If the customer wishes to purchase an individual license as a lower-priced student license, he/she must guarantee that he/she is a full-time student at a recognized educational institution / university. The purchase of a student license requires written evidence of entitlement (for instance a student card). Student licenses are PERSONAL licenses and may NOT be purchased by or through organisations or institutions (e.g. universities). A program purchased on the basis of a student license may NOT be installed on the computer of an organisation or institution and not be used in any context other than the licensee’s personal academic or vocational training.

(2) The customer may make the software available to a third party only if this third party declares his agreement with the continued application of the present conditions of use to ATLAS.ti GmbH. If the customer gives the software to a third party, he shall cease using the software and keep no copies thereof. He shall give the third party the original data media and manuals. Student licenses are not transferable under any circumstances.


4. Multi-User Licenses

(1) A multi-user license entitles the customer to place the software at the disposal of his employees. If the customer is a training institution under the terms of item 4, he purchases the software on the basis of an “educational multi-user license” and can thus place it at the disposal of students, staff members etc. In any case, use of the software is restricted to a maximum number of persons corresponding to the number of multi-user licenses ordered.

(2) A multi-user license allows for installation and concurrent use of the program on several individual computers of the license holder and/or on several workstations of a LAN (server installation plus lightweight client installation).


5. Educational Licenses

(1) Educational licenses of the software can be purchased only by officially accredited educational institutions, i.e. only by institutions recognized by nationally competent accrediting bodies. This includes specifically: universities and similar institutions of higher learning (including distance learning and continuing education programs), academic and technical schools and colleges as well as vocational training institutions. To the extent that the customer is one of these educational institutions, he guarantees that he is recognized as such by the state.

Non-profit organizations and government agencies are NOT automatically eligible for discounted educational licenses. An organization wishing to be considered for a discount will need to contact ATLAS.ti directly. Government agencies and supra-national institutions (such as EU, UN, etc.) will need to obtain standard licenses exclusively. There is currently no special pricing available for government institutions.

(2) By ordering an educational license, the customer agrees that upon request he shall have to provide without delay legally valid written evidence showing his status as an accredited educational institution pursuant to (1). If such evidence is not provided or not adequately provided, he shall not be entitled to purchase the software at the conditions and prices offered exclusively to educational institutions.

(3) Educational licenses can be purchased not only by educational institutions but also by their officially employed teaching and research staff, but NOT by students of these institutions.

(4) To the extent that the software is ordered by employees of the customer, the guarantee declaration and the obligation to provide evidence of status as described above shall also apply to these persons.

(5) An educational license prohibits all commercial uses of the program. This explicitly includes commercially run training courses. Educational licenses are available only to recognized non-commercial educational institutions and their staff.

(6) Use of the program under an educational license is explicitly restricted to academic teaching and research. Administrative use of the program at a non-commercial educational institution shall be deemed a commercial use and is therefore not permissible under an educational license.

(7) Only recognised educational institutions (see above) and employees of such recognised institutions who are engaged in research and teaching are entitled to purchase and use educational licenses.

  • Educational and standard licenses are legally different but technically identical.
  • The software and documents are currently available in English only.


6. Restrictions of Use

(1) The customer may load the software onto the main data memory and hard disk of the hardware used by him and create backups as necessary for safe operation. These are to be labelled as such and (in so far as technically possible) marked with the copyright notice of the original data medium. The user’s manual may be copied only for internal purposes.

(2) The copyright notices and trademarks contained in the software, any other reservations of rights, serial numbers and other program identification features may not be altered or obliterated.

(3) All other types of use of the software, specifically translating, processing, arranging or reworking in any other manner (excluding decompilation pursuant to Section 69e of the Copyright Act) and any other distribution of the software (offline or online) as well as its leasing or rental are not permitted.

7. Obligations of the Customer

(1) After receiving the software, the customer must register online on the licenser’s website, stating the serial number. Registration is a precondition for access to upgrades, updates, newsletters and forums – if provided by the licenser – for the duration of the customer’s use of the software. Moreover it is the only way for the licenser to verify whether the software was purchased and is being used in a due and proper manner.

(2) The customer shall backup his data according to the state of the art. He shall ensure that current data from his data stock kept in machine-readable form are reproducible with reasonable effort.

(3) The customer shall take adequate measures to protect the software against unauthorised access by third parties.

8. Lease Duration / Obligation to Return Rented Software

(1) If the customer rents the Software for a period of one year, the lease is automatically renewed by another year unless the customer cancels the lease in writing no later than 8 weeks before the end of the lease period. In case of a renewal of the lease the customer is obligated to pay the lease fee listed at the time.

(2) The customer is obligated to return the original software (diskette/CD-ROM/DVD) and user’s manual to the licenser or the lessor once the lease is terminated, regardless of the reason of the termination. The customer is also obligated to delete the software from all hard disks, main data memory banks and workstations and to ensure that the software can no longer be used by him, by his employees and staff or by registered users. The customer shall give the licenser or lessor written assurance of compliance with this provision.


9. Training Courses

(1) The licensor provides training programs as services and is therefore not liable for a particular outcome or a concrete eventual result. The licensor reserves the right to modify or adapt the content of its trainings to the latest state of the technology. This can result in some cases in deviations from the published course descriptions. The Licensor also reserves the right to make other minor changes.

(2) The specific training measures are conducted by the licensor via training centers, whether conducted as webinars (web-based training using a computer) or face-to-face training (on-site training with a personal presence of the customer and the trainer). The licensor also provides training measures at the customer’s own or rented premises at the customer’s request.

(3) If the customer’s computer systems are used for conducting training measures, it is the customer’s responsibility to safeguard his data and programs from loss, destruction, or damage by taking appropriate and sufficient measures.

[Course Dates and Prices]

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[Cancellation and Termination Rights]

(5) The licensor may at any time withdraw from the contract without giving a reason. The licensor may also withdraw from the contract if the training measures must be canceled due to illness of the trainer, for technical reasons, or for any other reasons beyond the of the licensor’s control. The licensor will make a reasonable attempt to either reschedule the training event or find other suitable staff to conduct the training if this is possible and the customer agrees. The licensor will immediately notify the customer in case of such changes.

(6) In the event of cancellation by the licensor, the customer will be refunded any fees that have been paid for the cancelled training. The licensor will not accept any claims or rights of the customer beyond a refund of prepaid fees as a result of a cancellation.

(7) The customer may cancel the contract at any time prior to the agreed start of the training in writing. If a cancellation is received more than 14 calendar days before the event, the customer is not charged for the withdrawal. If a cancellation is received fourteen calendar days or less before the event, the customer will be charged 80% of the total price. If the cancellation is received five calendar days or less before the event, the customer will be charged 100% of the total price.


(8) The licensor grants the customer a non-exclusive right to use hardware and software products supplied to him during the courses in their original form and only for the purposes of the training. The customer will not keep, reverse-engineer, translate, copy, extract any program parts, or utilize in any other, unauthorized manner the software products thus supplied.

(9) The customer may not – not even in part – copy, reprint, or translate documentation and training materials (hereinafter referred to as “Documents”). Also, disclosure, use, or communication of the documents and their contents is not permitted.


(10) Training participants must adhere to applicable safety and accident prevention regulations at training sites and must comply with all applicable legal provisions, including access regulations.

[Electronic Ordering Process, Data Protection]

(11) If the customer provides free text information as part of an electronic ordering process, all such information is used exclusively for internal order processing. Free text addenda provided on the order documents will not be noted, and are used and reproduced unchanged solely for internal order processing. Such addenda therefore have no impact on the contractual relationship and are not legally binding.

10. Privacy/Data Protection

(1) The customer is hereby informed that the licenser will gather data about him to the extent necessary for purchasing and licensing. Under no circumstances is this data made accessible to third parties of any kind.

(2) The customer also consents to the licenser using his name, type of institution and purpose for reference purposes.


Last revised: 2012-09-04

ATLAS.ti 9 is now exclusively available as a 64-bit application. This means more processing power and speed. But it also means that 32-bit computers (typically older Windows machines) can no longer run and install ATLAS.ti 9.
Please check on this aspect prior to installing. 
HARDWARE Intel-based PC, 2GHz

Intel Core or compatible CPU


1 GB free hard disk

At least 4GB RAM

SSD strongly recommended

OPERATING SYSTEMS Windows 7 (SP1) 64-bit

Windows 8.1 64-bit

Windows 10 64-bit

(Some special Windows editions, such as Windows 10N and Windows 10 for Virtual Desktops, are NOT supported)

macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” or higher


For better natural language processing results, ATLAS.ti can optionally use bigger machine learning models, which require at least 8 GB of RAM on Windows and Mac computers.

What’s new in version 9 – A Video Tour



Alla pagina YouTube della casa madre sono disponibili gratuitamente e per tutti coloro che desiderano approfondire l’utilizzo di ATLAS.ti una serie di brevi Video Tutorial on-line.



Per una rapida guida all’installazione e all’utilizzo del Software è disponibile la Quick Guide sia per la versione Windows sia MAC.

ATLAS.ti 9 Win - Quick Tour (English, pdf)


ATLAS.ti 9 Mac - Quick Tour (English, pdf)


Manuale Utente:

ATLAS.ti 9 User Manual Windows


ATLAS.ti 9 User Manual Mac


Altri manuali disponibili:

ATLAS.ti 9 Mobile Android


ATLAS.ti 9 Mobile iPad



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