Software available to the Columbia University community, for free or at Columbia's negotiated rate.
Computer Security Software
Secure Shell and File Transfer Software
PuTTY is an easy-to-use telnet and SSH program for Windows computers.
The MacOS X terminal includes SSH, which allows Macs to make secure connections to Unix computers.
Click to download application for Mainframe access with SSH.
Secure FTP program, recommended by CUIT for file transfers to the cunix.cc.columbia.edu server.
Secure FTP software that can be used on a Mac.
Access these programs remotely by connecting to a CUIT computer lab
Adobe has various applications for document management, collaboration, creating graphics, marketing, editing videos, web design development, and more.
For engineering, design, and analytical work.
For scientific, engineering, mathematical, and technical computing fields.
For algorithm development, data visualization, and analysis.
For data entry, management and warehousing, statistical and quality improvement analysis, and forecasting.
For statistical analysis, also known as IBM SPSS Statistics.
For data management, statistical analysis, simulations, regression, and custom programming.
Columbia University maintains a license agreement with Microsoft to distribute several Microsoft products and product upgrades to specific campus groups and organizations.
There are two download options:
*Given the complexity of the University population, ineligible groups are specified below.
Important notes for MS downloads to personal devices
The following student groups are not eligible for the Microsoft Campus Agreement software:
- Barnard College students
- Teachers College students
- Union Theological Seminary (UTS) students
- All High School Programs (Including all non-degree program students)
- All Alumni (Not currently enrolled in an eligible program)
All Columbia Business School (CBS) students should not use Columbia's Microsoft Software Portal, and should instead visit the Business School student page.
CUIT recommends that you back up all of your important work prior to any new software downloads. Although unlikely, there is always the possibility of data loss while performing a new installation.
Note that CUIT does not provide installation or tech support for your personal computers. If you need further assistance, visit Microsoft's Office installation page.
Problem: I am getting an error message that says, "Your account [email protected] doesn't allow editing on a Mac. To learn more, contact your administrator about your Office plan."
Solution: We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by this. This is a known issue, but a fix has been issued by Microsoft.
Step 1: Ensure you have been assigned the correct Office license.
- Log in to the Office 365 portal.
- Select View Subscriptions.
- Under the Licenses section, make sure you have been assigned the latest desktop version of Office.
Step 2: Ascertain you are connected to the internet.
Step 3: Clear Office credential caches.
- Quit all Office applications and open Finder > Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
- Remove Microsoft Office Identities Cache 2 and Microsoft Office Identities Settings 2.
Step 4: Sign in to Office and reactivate it with your account.
- Select the Library folder and open Group Containers.
- Select the folders (if present): UBF8T346G9.ms, UBF8T346G9.Office, and BF8T346G9.OfficeOsfWebHost, and move them to Trash.
- Restart your Mac, open Microsoft Word for Mac, and sign in using your account.
If the problem persists, please provide us with the detailed steps (including screenshots) on how you encountered the issue and the message on your Mac, so we can better understand your situation and help you.
Reference: I suddenly can't edit my documents (Mac)
Eligibility for MS downloads to CU-owned devices
The following CU affiliates are not covered under the Microsoft Campus License Agreement:
- Alumni (including recent graduates)
- Retirees (either Faculty or Staff retirees)
- Visiting Scholars
- Some types of employees, including consultants, contractors, temporary staff, and casual employees, are also not covered
Employees of the following school and departments can download Project and Visio on their Columbia-owned devices:
- Columbia Business School
- Columbia Law School
- Earth Institute
- Arden House
- Campus Operations - Custodial Services
- Campus Operations - Nevis
- Campus Operations - Trade Services
- Capital Project Management
- CUIMC Res Properties
- Executive VP Facilities & Operations
- Finance & Administration
- Maintenance & Oper Ldg
- Morningside Utilities
- Plant Engineering & Utilities
- Public Safety - Morningside
- Real Estate
- Residential Operations
- Space Planning & Management
- Executive VP for Finance and IT
- Office of the Controller
- Office of Internal Audit
- Office of the Treasurer
- Office of University Budget
- Office of University Investments
- Procurement Services
- Office of Alumni and Development
- Office of Public Affairs
- EVP Government Community Affairs
- Office of Public Affairs
- Publications and Marketing
- Office of the Senior Executive VP
- Client Services
- Environmental Stewardship
- Senior Executive VP
- President's Office
- Ombuds Office
- Office of the Secretary
- Office of the President
- University Senate
- School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
- Science and Technology Ventures
- Columbia Innovation Enterprise
- Science and Technology Ventures
- Student and Administrative Services
- CU Faculty House
- Dining Services
- Health Services - Morningside
- Human Resources
- Printing Services
- Student Services
- University Residence Halls
- Teachers College (eligible for Project only)
CU Libraries' Applications
Site License Distribution Policies
There are certain policies in place for all licenses procured through CUIT and others that are specific to particular products. The general policies are categorized as follows:
- The licensee is responsible for his or her own installation and setup. You must not install more copies of the software than you pay for.
- Any infringement of the license policies becomes the responsibility of the licensee and not Columbia University.
Software will not be prorated, either by price or by duration.
CUIT provides these licenses as a service to the Columbia community. The licensees are responsible for installation, maintaining hardware and making sure the appropriate operating system is installed.
Only the most current versions will be distributed. CUIT does not maintain older, archived versions of software.