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Click on the tabs below for information about Origin.

About Origin

About the software

Origin is a scientific data analysis and graphing software.

It is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs and is available from the software centre on managed staff machines in the following departments.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Environment
  • Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The latest version of Origin is available for unsupported machines.

See the Obtaining the software tab for details.

Obtaining the software

Staff and students


Origin is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs.

Managed machines, unmanaged machines and home use

Temporary student offer - free 6-month licence

This is a temporary offer and is available subject to withdrawal by OriginLab.
  • You must be a full-time postgraduate or undergraduate student with a valid university email address.
  • The licence must be used on a student-owned computer, not a University-owned computer.
  • In this version an Origin project is restricted to a maximum of 12 windows.
  • Mac users should still be able to access OriginPro using virtualization software (eg BootCamp see Run Origin on a Mac for more information).

Access Origin via the Virtual Desktop Service

Due to a limited number of available licences, OriginPro is now available on the Virtual Desktop Service which we are advising people to use as it is adequate for most use cases.

If you find that accessing Origin via the Virtual Desktop Service is not suitable for your work, please email to discuss this with us before following the download and installation the steps below.

Download and install using the University licence

This is only available to Faculty of Science staff and students only. Please also make sure that you have tried using Origin via the Virtual Desktop Service first, as that is adequate for most use cases.

  1. When you visit the Origin download site for the first time, you will need to create an account with your University of York email address.
  2. Once you've downloaded the installer, run it. Enter your name, University of York as the Company Name and the Origin serial number.
  3. Once the installation completes, you will need to launch Origin as Administrator (this is ticked as the option during the installation process) to complete the activation.
  4. When you install Origin you will presented with a license activation window requesting a product key upon starting the application. Contact to request the product key then click "Activate" to license the application.
Further information

Documentation, training and support