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Qualitative Data Analysis

This guide provides information and guidance for researchers interested in conducting qualitative data analysis.

Open Source QDA Tools

Free/Libre Open Source Software for QDA

While NYU Data Services provides access to proprietary computer assisted QDA software, free tools are an excellent option for researchers who want to prevent getting stuck in a paid platform, who might have budgetary constraints, or simply want to have access to high quality free software. There are a variety of these types of software packages and although Data Services cannot provide support for all of them, these curated resources are intended to help with choosing and using them for your research. Currently, of these options we are supporting Taguette.

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Taguette: A spin on the phrase "tag it!", Taguette is a free and open source qualitative research tool (which works on all operating systems!). With Taguette, users can import PDFs, Word Docs (.docx), Text files (.txt), HTML, EPUB, MOBI, Open Documents (.odt), and Rich Text Files (.rtf).


After uploading documents, users can highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs and tag them with the codes you create. All the work you do in Taguette is completely exportable, including tagged documents, codebooks, highlights for a specific tag, highlights for all tags, and a list of tags with their descriptions.

Users can upload documents in any language to Taguette. The interface is currently available in English (US), French, German, Italian, and Spanish. You can find more information about using Taguette via the getting started guide and FAQ.


You can install Taguette on your own computer with instructions and files from

If you need to collaborate on your qualitative project, you can use the free online server maintained by the developers of Taguette at

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qcoder: With particular strengths for mixed and multi-method qualitative research in R, q coder is an excellent choice for researchers looking for a light-weight qualitative package for text analysis. By clicking on the logo to the left, you will be able to access instructions on how to install and use this package.


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QualCoder: is a free desktop application for QDA that can be used to code Text, Images, and Audio Visual materials. This program is most similar to our supported proprietary software, allowing for advanced case management, data management and analytical tools. To access the QualCoder homepage, please click on the logo to the left.

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BORIS: is a free and open source software for coding audio visual source material. Developed by a group of collaborators at the University of Torino in order to code video materials for behavioral analysis. Below are two video tutorials that will help you get started with using BORIS. To access the BORIS homepage please click on the logo to the left.