Many Chemistry applications are now available via Apps Anywhere and would not need be individually installed and licensed.

There are a number of Chemistry specific software packages available for download with details below. For more general software, such as Microsoft Office, Endnote, Nuance PDF and F-Secure Anti-Virus, please see the IT Services software downloads page.

PLEASE NOTE: To download software from central servers (such as valkris) you will need to specify your username in the format st-andrews\USERNAME when trying to connect


The University has a site license for ChemDraw Professional 16 Windows/Mac downloads can be accessed here (Windows version includes ChemFinder, ChemDraw for Excel and Chem3D)

Note: You will need to authenticate with your st-andrews email address and register for a PerkinElmer account to access the download page, here.

You should automatically receive an email with your personal serials number(s), this may take a while.


Those currently using older versions may be able to just “reactivate”. To reactivate, click “Reactivate” on the “Help” menu then put in your serial number from last year.

Alternatively, the software will display a warning message one month before the previous expiration date, and users can click “Reactivate” then, directly from the warning message. If users have misplaced their serial number, they can look it up by logging in on and clicking “View Serial Numbers & Expiration Dates for Your Downloads”.

All Windows serial numbers have been modified to reflect the new expiration date, and existing Windows users can simply reactivate with the serial number they already have, even for older versions. New users will only have access to the most recent version of the software. Users on the Macintosh platform will need to get a new serial number and registration code by following instructions at the link above.


The University has a site license for CrystalMaker/CrystalDiffract/SingleCrystal (Windows and Mac). IT Services encourage use via Apps AnyWhere, however the Mac version can be downloaded from here


The Cambridge Structural Database System is available to download from: If you wish to have CSDS installed locally on your desktop/laptop, please contact the School Computing Officer for the Site and Confirmation codes. Also CSDS, SuperStar, GOLD Suite and DASH are available for Windows and Linux as ‘Academic Extras’.


The School has a license for Diamond.

For more info please contact Dr. Paul Wright


The School has a site license for the Gaussian suite of programs. Please note, Gaussian may only be installed on computers which are owned by and operated within the University of St Andrews.

For more info please contact Dr. Herbert Fruchtl


The University has a site license for Matlab. Details can be found here

MestReNova & Bruker Topspin

The School has a site license for MestReNova 10.
More MestReNova and Topspin infomation can be found here

TopSpin is now FREE for academic use check the Bruker site here


The University has a site license for Origin 9 Pro, IT Services encourage use via Apps AnyWhere. However, if Apps Anywhere is not suitable for you please contact your Computing Officer.

Renewing your ‘Home Use’ Origin license

  • Run Origin (with right click and ‘Run As Administrator’ on Windows)
  • Go to Help > About Origin…
  • Click License…
    At ‘License Status’ click License again
  • Use the first option ‘Get a license file online…” > OK and OK again
  • A web browser should open with a OriginLabs login page > Login with your Origin account
    NOTE: The page may fail if opened in Internet Explorer, if this happens copy and paste the URL from IE to another browser e.g Chrome or Firefox.
  • Copy and Paste the license text in to the Enter License window > OK

The license should new be active.

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