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Statistics Software SPSS and SAS

The SPSS and SAS statistics software packages are available to University members through the software shop. The University IT Services holds a contract to sell these licenses; however, they cannot be sold from the University IT Services directly.

Update on SPSS / PASW Licenses

No consultation for SPSS

The software shop has informed us that there has been an increasing number of support enquiries regarding programs and/or problems with installation. Obviously, the information at the bottom of this page was being overseen, so here is the most important announcement:

The consultation for SPSS (installation, use, courses) had to be terminated in 2009 due to the departure of our longtime consultant. The software shop, apart from questions regarding purchases, is not a contact for installation and use.

January 2020: SPSS version 26 available

SPSS 26 is available and can be acquired in the asknet shop. Buyers from the current license period that have already acquired an SPSS license can find the download file in their archive.

SPSS 2020 licenses available in software shop

License codes for SPSS 2020 (versions 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 single-user and network licenses) can be acquired in the asknet software shop for 20 € for the licensing period from 01.01.2020 until 30.06.2020. The price is now reduced by half, because the general agreement will end on 30.06.2020. 

The network licenses in the licensing server were updated in January 2020 and version 26 has been available ever since. Network licenses are available in the software shop. Additionally, we received codes for the following modules: “Amos”, “SamplePower”, “Visualization Designer”, “DC Author”, “DC Interviewer”, “DC Translation” and “TextAnalytics for Surveys”.

Please see following, more detailed information.

Direct link to software shop:

https://ruf.asknet.de/cgi-bin/product/P10623 (Freiburg University employees, institutes and institutions)

https:// ruf.asknet.de/cgi-bin/product/P14785 (Freiburg University students)

Both licenses are identical.

SPSS licenses 2020

Freiburg University members (University facilities, employees and students) can buy SPSS software through the asknet software shop . The Baden-Württemberg regional license agreement (general agreement) allows individuals to buy single-user licenses at a reasonable price. There are licenses for multiple versions (SPSS 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26) for the operating systems Windows, Mac and Linux. We recommend using the newest software version, especially if you acquire it newly. You can download the software code (this is not the license!) after acquiring the license. There are also mediums (also for program extensions) available for order. These are recommended for computers with weaker network connections, since the download can take a long time, depending on the connection quality (size: ~33800,6 MB, duration: ~4726 min., 1MB (DSL) -> approx. 78 hours).

An authorization code (=license) is needed for the activation of the installation and use of the software. This is only available in the software shop, the University IT Services does not have authorization codes for single-user licenses (see below) and thus cannot hand out codes. The license is valid max. one year, up to a certain date (2020 license: 20 €, official license period until 31.12.2019). There are no price reductions or rebates offered for licenses used for a shorter period.

An extension of the license, if needed, is to be acquired through a new order after the license runs out at the end of the period. The software may only be used at one (single) work space per single-user license.

General Rules for Use of SPSS-Licenses

Licensed software can only be used in research and teaching at Freiburg University. It may not be passed on to third parties. If possible, the most recent version should be used.

Single-User licenses

SPSS single-user licenses can be acquired for 20 € in the software shop. Please contact the software shop operators in case of question or problems regarding the acquisition. The shop operator is not a contact for consultation surrounding the use or installation of the program. Contact data can be found on the software shop homepage (at the bottom).

Attentiion: Because of the end of the 4.5 year agreement, the licenses for 2020 are only valid until the end of June! (Single-user licenses are valid until the end of the respective year in which they are acquired. At the end of the year, a new single-user license must be acquired. They are suitable for notebooks as well as other computers that are not always connected to the University's network.) 

Please note: As to our best knowledge, single-User licenses only receive one installation key! This key allows two installations of the program. Afterwards a new installation (even on the same computer) is no longer possible.

Before a new installation, it is recommended to uninstall older SPSS-versions. Otherwise the new version must not be installed in the same directory. An update of an older version is not possible!

Network licenses:

Please contact IT Services ahead of time if an extensive demand (e.g. for supplying entire labs) occurs. Enquiries for larger numbers (>10) of 2019 network licenses should be directed at the address below. The number of network licenses is limited. They are acquired by IT Services at the beginning of the year for the entire year. In order to allow for an acquisition that matches the demand, we ask that the according data be taken in consideration when submitting a demand.

In addition to single-user licenses, there are network licenses available for institutions. These are provided by a network administrator via a license server (e.g. at the institute work space or in labs, restricted and without guaranteed availability, even when using a VPN). IT Services can currently not guarantee the availability of network licenses. This is especially the case for licensing exclusion of later purchase licenses.

Should problems occur with the lab-license-model, e.g. the buyer does not receive a license from the license server because too many non-buyers are using licenses from the license pool, acquired licenses will be fixed to the proprietor for the duration of the respective license year. Network licenses will then only be available to the proprietor within the desired scope. IT Services may terminate the user-friendly license-lab-model in case of temporarily high demand. If the availability is crucial at all times for a specific work-place, a single-user license should be considered. For SPSS network licenses, the computer must be connected to the University´s network through an IP-address.

License Distribution for Network Licenses

For using network licenses, a connection to the license server is required. The computer must be connected to the University´s network. More information can be found in the IT Services Wiki:


SPSS Baden-Württemberg license

1) IBM SPSS Statistics consists of the following modules:

  • Statistics Base
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Bootstrapping
  • Categories
  • Conjoint
  • Custom Tables
  • Data Preparation
  • Decision Trees
  • Exact Tests
  • Forecasting
  • Missing Values
  • Neural Networks
  • Regression
  • Direct Marketing
  • Complex Samples
  • Viz Designer
  • Sample Power

2) IBM SPSS Amos

3) IBM SPSS Data Collection (only when purchasing a single-user license)

We recommend you always use the most recent SPSS version!


Limitations of the SPSS Baden-Württemberg license

The SPSS licenses offered through IT Services are offered at a low price as it was acquired centrally as part of a Baden-Württemberg license for multiple universities. This involves regulations that cannot be changed by Freiburg University IT Services, which brings some disadvantages with it:

Licenses are valid only for a specific period and need to be renewed after this period (Version SPSS 2019: until 31.12.2019). This date does not change, no matter when the license is acquired.

A further disadvantage is that by acquiring the license, one does not automatically become an IBM customer; this means that one does not have rights to technical or other support from IBM/SPSS. Direct support requests from customers have been categorically declined or endlessly deferred. Even Freiburg University's IT-Services receives support only for specific technical problems. Licensing problems (not regarding use or installation of the program!) should first be directed to the asknet software shop.

SPSS licenses must be acquired and paid in advance for the new license year. This can only be done with reference to detailed calculations based on the demands in previous years. If there is a sudden, unannounced increase in demand, this can lead to problems.

Therefore, please inform us ahead of time should you plan on acquiring a larger amount of SPSS software.


No Consultation for SPSS

The consultation for SPSS (installation, use, courses) had to be terminated  with the departure of the longtime consultant. The software shop, apart from questions regarding purchases, is not a contact for installation and use.

This tip might help some users solve the problem themselves:

Most of the error messages from IBM have an error code (e.g. error 2072 symptom 4). If you google this, together with “SPSS”, there is usually a Technote that appears. This describes the problem, its cause and offers a solution with instructions. Example: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21611352

The RRZN scripts to SPSS, which used to be offered at the University IT Services, are no longer available (since 2016), since the sale of all RZZN manuals at the University IT Services has been discontinued.


FAQ: Responses to frequently asked questions

  • Yes, licenses for 2020 (SPSS 22, 23, 24 or 25) are now available – exclusively – in the software shop. But please consider that because of the end of the present agreement, the licenses are only valid until June 30th. We will inform on this website, if and how the coming agreement will change.
  • No, IT Services does not distribute SPSS licenses free of charge (not even to students).
  • No, neither IT Services nor the software shop offer consultation regarding the use of the program.
  • No, there is no point in coming to the IT Services building with one's laptop to acquire a license.
  • No, IT Services does not have specific forms for requesting SPSS.
  • No, the SPSS license is not a stand-alone program; it is merely a code for using SPSS. In addition, you will need an SPSS program.
  • No, the SPSS license is not a stand-alone program; it is merely a code for using SPSS. In addition, you will need an SPSS program. Code and program are not the same thing.
  • Yes, SPSS licenses are only available for members of Freiburg University. If you are not a member of Freiburg University, you cannot acquire SPSS in the Freiburg University software shop.
  • Members of other Freiburg institutions/clinics should contact the responsible office of their institution´s/clinic´s IT Services.
  • Acquiring SPSS does not mean that one will receive support from IBM since one does not become a customer of IBM.



Status 31.03.2019

The SAS-licenses for 2019/2020 are available in the software shop for Freiburg University institutes and chairs. Fortunately, the price has remained at 115 Euro per license. For the Freiburg University, licenses were provided according to the amount provided for 2019. As usual, SAS will be offered in the Windows and Linux versions.

On the order site of the software shop, the current versions SAS 9.4 for Windows and Linux (64bit) are offered. Should license codes for the older version SAS 9.3 be needed urgently, please contact the software shop directly. SAS 9.3 codes are still available there.

Link to software shop:


For the SAS software, there is a Baden-Württemberg license, organized by asknet. The software (software, mediums and license keys, called setinit or SID) can, as is the case with SPSS, only be acquired through the asknet software shop as a download (download, incl. license, size: ~19730,2 MB, duration: ~2758 min 1 MB (DSL) or on a medium (link on the SAS page of the software shop). Multiple versions of the software are available, the most recent version is SAS 9.4. (Codes for 9.3, 9.4 available in software shop).

Known SAS license owners will be informed by e-mail about the availability of new licenses.

Please inform us (see below) if you are not yet registered as a SAS license user at IT Services and (will) need SAS licenses.

At the computer center (e.g. in the computer labs), SAS is not installed. As with SPSS, there is no support for installation and use of SAS at the University IT Services.

Questions regarding license acquisition for SPSS and SAS should be directed to lizenzen@rz.uni-freiburg.de.

As of November 20, 2020.

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