Available Software

Available Software

This page lists the software that is available to staff and students at CSE. If you cannot find the software you are looking for anywhere on this page (or its subsequent links) then it is likely that we are unable to provide it.

Software mirror

A variety of software can be found on the CSE software mirror for operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. This software includes: CPAN, CTAN, Cygwin, Debian and Debian CDs, Fedora, Ubuntu

Essential Windows Software

Microsoft Windows Operating System

Microsoft Windows is provided free to staff and students at CSE under a UNSW site license.
For further details about obtaining Microsoft Windows, please visit the Microsoft Windows FAQ page.

Other Microsoft software packages available for Windows

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is a member of the Microsoft Imagine program. This means that CSE have a license agreement with Microsoft to provide software to staff and students. This is administered by ELMS (e-academy License Management System). Furthermore, Microsoft developer tools such as Visual Studio and server software such as Windows Server along with training and certification programs are available to students directly through Imagine. You can use your student.unsw.edu.au email address to register for this service. (For a complete list of software available, follow the link.) The former MSDNAA system can be accessed through the MSDNAA mirror site (CSE username and password required). For Microsoft Office information, please see the section below.

Antivirus & Antispyware

Accessing Linux Servers

  • puTTY (SSH terminal) puTTY is an excellent open source SSH client. You can download the client from our mirror.
  • winSCP (file copy utility)WinSCP will allow you to easily copy files between your PC and your CSE home directory.

Microsoft Office

For: Undergraduate; Postgraduate by coursework

Microsoft Office Pro Plus is available to eligible students for free.

Microsoft Office ProPlus is a service subscription of Office365 and includes online versions of your favourite Office features and allows you to create sophisticated reports and presentations, collaborate in real time with classmates as well as share and edit documents from computers and mobile devices.

For: UNSW Staff; postgraduate by research (HDR)

Microsoft Office365 is available to UNSW Staff & Postgraduate (HDR) students (>27mar17) for free.

Microsoft Office365 includes online versions of your favourite Office features and allows you to create sophisticated reports and presentations, collaborate in real time with classmates as well as share and edit documents from computers and mobile devices.

Buying a license for MS Office365 University

You may also wish to consider MS Office 365 University which is a 4-year subscription including:
  • fully installed Office experience on up to 2 PCs, Macs, or tablets and 2 phones;
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage;
  • 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones and landlines.

If you want this you will need to pay for it with your own money.

Apple productivity software

We do not have a licence to provide any Apple productivity software such as iWork and Keynote, so you may need to purchase these from the App Store. Note that for some time Keynote, Pages and Numbers are included with new Mac purchases and can read and write Microsoft Office formats, If you want we can provide Microsoft Office for Mac.


Matlab is available for general use on all CSE lab machines. In addition to this, the university carries a site-licence that allows staff members (and students with staff IDs) to use the software outside of the CSE lab machines for research purposes. Please contact SS to arrange access to the Matlab installers. More information on using Matlab can be found at the Matlab FAQ page.


The VMware Academic Program (VMAP) is a service provided by VMware allowing current students and staff of CSE to obtain one year licences for a range of VMware virtualisation products. Products include VMware Workstation, Fusion and vSphere.

PDF Viewers and Editors

Adobe Acrobat is the classic choice for PDF display software. There are many free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for various purposes:
  • Applications often have a way to generate PDFs directly, (MS Office can) so you do not need Acroread to handle the task.
  • You may wish to consult this useful Whirlpool wiki page to find the right application for you.
  • A free, platform-independent program to modify PDFs is PDF Split and Merge.
  • The standard display program in Mac OS X, Preview, is quite capable of displaying, annotating and manipulating PDFs.
  • If you do a great deal of PDF annotation on a Mac you might like Skim which is a free PDF utility designed with academics in mind.

Adobe Acrobat (and other Adobe products)

For a generic PDF viewer, you can download the free version of Adobe Reader directly from Adobe. There is a chart comparing its features against Adobe's paid-for PDF manipulation programs.

Licensed Adobe Software is available in some cases from UNSW IT Services. See below.

UNSW IT Software Distribution

IT at UNSW provide a range of software to staff and students. They are either site-licensed or available at a discounted price.

Adobe Acrobat Professional

UNSW has a site license for Adobe Acrobat Professional XI (version 11). You may only install it on UNSW controlled devices if you are a Staff member of CSE please contact CSE System Support for secure activation of the software.

Adobe Products

Other Adobe products (inc. Adobe Acrobat Professional for personal use) are available at (we assume) a discounted per-user price, to UNSW staff, using UNSW eProcurement.
There is a UNSW IT page that explains how to order Adobe products.
Last edited by pmr 16/06/2017

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