Software Licensing & Purchasing

The Computing Group manages volume licenses for software that is commonly used by the department.

The following software is currently available through departmental licensing:

Microsoft Windows, Office, and Visual Studio

The following software is available for use by department faculty, staff, and students on a personally-owned or institution-owned computer designated for your exclusive use.

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Education (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Professional (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8 Enterprise (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 8 Professional (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows Vista Enterprise (32 and 64 bit)
  • Office 2016 Pro Plus (32 and 64 bit)
  • Office 2016 for OS X
  • Office 2013 Pro Plus (32 and 64 bit)
  • Office 2011 for OS X
  • Office 2010
  • Office 2008 for OS X
  • Office 2007
  • Visual Studio Pro 2015
  • Visual Studio Pro 2008
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    Adobe Acrobat Pro XI

    A limited number of Adobe Acrobat Pro XI licenses are available for use only by faculty and staff on departmentally owned computers.


    Adobe Illustrator/Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are no longer stand-alone products. However they are now bundled with Adobe Creative Cloud, licensed to UCLA users by Software Central. You can contact UCLA Software Central to see about a subscription service to Adobe Creative Cloud, an online software package that can be licensed for users and/or devices. 


    Note that you will need to sign in with your Physics & Astronomy LDAP credentials. For information about obtaining an LDAP account, please click here.

    Update September 12, 2018: We recently were asked to update IDL to version 8.7, which required us to update the IDL license server to version 8.7, which uses a different software. Because of this, we were forced to move the IDL server to a newer server. Normally this would be a transparent process to everyone, except in this case, people running versions earlier than 8.7 need to still use the old server, while those running 8.7 need to point to the new server.

    Because of how this was done, you will need to adjust your license server settings in either case. We are happy to do this for you if you send a helpdesk request with the name of your computer. We can upgrade your IDL to 8.7 as well (and keep an older version too if you need it). If you want to attempt to fix it yourself, here are the settings that are needed:
    IDL versions earlier than 8.7 license server:
    IDL version 8.7 (and future versions) license server:
    Future upgrades should be easier once everyone has upgraded to at least 8.7.


    Mathematica (Wolfram Research)

    Note that you will need to sign in with your Physics & Astronomy LDAP credentials. For information about obtaining an LDAP account, please click here.


    SolidWorks 2019

    We have a 5000-seat license for the entire campus.  If you wish to use it off-campus, you must connect to the P&A VPN first or else the license server will not be able to be contacted. Solidworks is Windows-only so you will need a Windows virtual machine for Macs.



    The department maintains a site-license for LABVIEW, which is available to research groups who have paid a $480 recharge.



    The Astronomy department has a volume license for Supermongo.


    MATLAB (MathWorks)

    We do not have a volume license for MATLAB at this time. However you can access this software via as long as you're connected wirelessly to Eduroam and can login using your standard UCLA logon ID. You'll also likely want to use Firefox with pop-up blocker turned off; the Software Shortcut option doesn't work with Chrome, and Safari is problematical.


    AutoDesk licensing is handled on an individual/group level. There is no Department-wide initiative. Campus has an agreement in place and you can get more info (& purchase) via UCLA Software Central:

Requesting Software

To request additional software, please submit a help desk request.