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IBM SPSS Statistics

Note: Under certain conditions, the SPSS client installations are potentially vulnerable via the Log4j security gap. There is a risk when using manipulated data records that have been downloaded from the Internet or received by e-mail, for example. It is possible that dangerous malicious code can be reloaded, putting your system and other systems at risk. IBM has now released interim fixes that fix this bug. Further information can be found on the following page: We strongly recommend applying the fixes to your system. Further information can be found in the section: Fix Packs and Bug Fixes. 

IBM SPSS Statistics is a statistics system that covers essentially the entire spectrum of statistical methods. It consists of a basic module that provides basic data management and extensive statistical and graphical data analysis using the most common statistical methods, plus numerous add-on modules for specific problems.

For more information, visit the IBM Web site.

Eligibility: employees and students

License type: rent

License period: regardless of the order date, the licenses are always valid until September 30

Price: Students can use the SPSS licenses for free, institutions pay 30 Euro per license

For the current license year (until 30.09.2021), all single-user licenses have already been issued. The purchase of network licenses is still possible. The software can be used to its full extent via this license.

Home Use: yes

Order: Online-Softwareshop of the University of Cologne

Note on the network license:

To use the network licenses, a connection to the UKLAN university network must be established (via VPN, eduroam or institute network).

For licensing, the option "concurrent users" must be selected in the "Product authorization" step during installation. And then enter the host name of the license server. You will be informed of the host name automatically via email with the order confirmation.


The latest version and the three previous versions are available.

List of included SPSS modules and programs

Important: Please make sure that your computer meets the system requirements before purchasing.

Overview of the compatibility of different operating systems with the individual SPSS versions

Language: All versions are multilingual.

Extract from the terms of use:

  • The licenses are rental licenses that must be paid for annually.
  • Licenses for employees (except for the Faculty of Medicine) are automatically renewed for one year if they are not cancelled at least 30 days before the end of the license year. Licenses for students and for employees of the Faculty of Medicine are not automatically renewed.
  • After termination (cancellation) of the license, the software must be uninstalled at the end of the license year.
  • Members of the University of Cologne are entitled to use the software. The use by third parties is not permitted.
  • When using single-user licenses, you have the right to install the software on up to two devices per license, as long as only the authorized person uses the products and the different installations are not used simultaneously.
  • If the software is installed on a computer that is used by only one person, a home use right exists. You are therefore allowed to use the software on a private computer.
  • The right of use is limited to non-commercial research and teaching, commercial use is prohibited. Non-commercial work is defined as work in which (i) the results of the work are not primarily reserved for a third party; (ii) copies of the results are provided at a maximum of the provision, reproduction and shipping costs.
  • The framework agreement allows the use of older versions of the products (downgrading right). 
  • The right to upgrade (within the term of the contract), as well as the change of language, version or platform are part of the right of use.
  • Each license must be activated with an individual authorization code, which cannot be used afterwards. Since RRZK cannot check whether the code has been used, codes sold cannot be returned.
  • The contract with IBM is limited in time and will be extended or renewed for one contract period at a time, provided that an agreement can be reached between the contracting parties. License costs may change when the contract is renewed.

Please note that changes to your hardware, such as replacing the hard disk, may invalidate your license!


If you have any questions or problems, please contact the RRZK-Helpdesk