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Software Licensed by the Science Library: Access and Download

The Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library has purchased campus-wide site licenses for several products. Access to all of these products is limited to current Stanford students, faculty, and staff.

Download OriginPro software

Access to OriginPro software is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford.

OriginPro is available on the cluster computers located in libraries, dorms, and the academic virtual desktop.

We have a campus-wide site license to Origin software. OriginPro is compatible with Windows (see technical specifications below). OriginPro will work on a a Mac using virtualization software (the science library does not provide support for setting up virtualization software). OriginPro will not work on Linux. You must create an account on OriginLab's website in order to download the software.

Note: OriginPro is renewed in the Spring. If you have not logged in for a while and are receiving a license error, skip to Step 3. If this does not solve the issue, contact Science Library with details about your error.


Step 1: Create an OriginLab account

Register to create an account and then logout. Only email addresses that end in or will be approved.  You will receive an email message asking you to confirm your new account. Once you have completed this step, do not use the registration link for steps 2&3.

Tip: You must register using the ^above link^ which is associated with the Stanford site license. Using the "regular" registration page on OriginLab's website will not let you download the software or get license keys associated with our site license.


Step 2: Download and install the software

With your new account setup, Login to download the latest OriginPro installation files.

Tip: This is not the same link as registration. You must use the individual links in each step.

You must be in administrator mode to install the software. If you are not prompted to login as an administrator, after downloading the software drag the icon to your desktop and then right click. Choose run as administrator.


Step 3: Request a license key

Login and go to the Product Key Request page to request a new license key. After being reviewed and approved by the Science Library, a license key will be emailed to you from OriginLab.

After installing OriginPro, activate it by going to Help in the menu at the top of the page and selecting About Origin. Then click on the License button and enter the Product Key. You do not have to be connected to the network to use OriginPro after it has been installed.

Note: the license key you receive can only be used one time. Please email Science Library if you are requesting a second license key for a second computer. Please ask the Science Library to help you transfer the registered license key to a new computer.

Technical Specs


These system requirements apply to the most recent release of Origin and OriginPro.

  • Operating System: 64-bit (x64) Microsoft Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Windows® 11
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz 64-bit (x64)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • Hard Disk Space: 2.0 GB of free hard disk space for program installation + Help files (does not include data storage).
  • Other hardware: USB port or DVD drive (if installing from USB stick or DVD)
  • Browser: It requires Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, or Microsoft Edge on Windows 11.


Large Datasets, Additional Recommendations:

For users who work with large datasets (e.g. import text files of 10MB in size, or greater), OriginLab makes the following additional recommendations.

  • Multi-core processor: The more logical processors, the better
  • RAM: At least 16 GB, the more memory the better
  • Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), the faster the better
  • Network: If data are on a network, 1000 Mb (Gigabit) is better

See also, documentation of the system variable @IAS which controls the least file size (in MB) to enable multi-threading for import.



Macintosh users: Please see System Requirements and instructions for Running OriginPro on a Mac Using Virtualization Software, plus options for Stanford users to get VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop- two of the three virtualization software programs recommended by OriginLab for using OriginPro on a Mac. Please do not contact the Science Library for additional virtualization support.