Software Downloads

Charles Sturt University provides free software for you to download, install and use on your own computer/device whilst studying, including:

Discounted software is also available through the Student Discounts page.

Device Software Updates

We recommend that you keep your devices up to date. Updates for Windows and Apple are delivered automatically to your computer however regular check-ups to ensure that your devices are fully updated is recommended.

Adobe Reader

There are many resources provided as PDF files at Charles Sturt University. Adobe Reader is the program you need to open and view these files. The Google Toolbar is an optional part of the download and is not required to open and view PDF files.

Sophos (Antivirus Software)

Keep your computer safe from threats when accessing the internet and transferring files between computers by having installed and up to date antivirus software. We recommend using the Sophos free solution called SOPHOS Home.

For software not listed here, we recommend you use a trusted download source for the software such as the manufacturer’s website to avoid malicious software being installed.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 allows you to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote for free on up to 5 PC's or Mac's and Office apps on Android, Apple and Windows mobile devices.

Qualitative Research (NVivo)

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

Find more information and install NVivo for Windows or Mac.

Reference Management (EndNote)

A bibliographic citation program, allowing references and footnotes to be translated into a variety of standard formats.

The Charles Sturt University Library EndNote LibGuide includes links to training materials, user guides and further support. Uninstall or remove any older versions installed on your computer. For system requirements and Word processor compatibility, e.g. Microsoft Word versions, visit

Download Endnote for Windows or Mac

Please note - EndNote and OneDrive are currently incompatible. Using OneDrive to store your EndNote library and Word documents with EndNote cite-while-you-write (CWYW) references will result in a corrupted library and documents. For more information - please contact your local faculty liaison team.


Charles Sturt University is unable to provide any assistance, support or be held responsible for any problems when downloading, installing or uninstalling software on your computer.

Downloading files on campus from external websites during peak periods will reduce your internet quota balance. Files downloaded during off peak periods will not reduce your quota.

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