Software Portfolio of the University of Mannheim

The University of Mannheim offers various professional and subject-specific software. In the following overview, you will find software products for which the university has concluded a framework agreement or free applications that have been checked and released for use by the university.

For more details on the individual software products, please select the desired software (access only for university members).

Please go to the software for students website to see our discounted software offers for students.

Software applications in teaching

There are other applications for use in teaching. In the “Technical equipment” section of the ILIAS course “Digitalization in teaching”, you will find all tools authorized for use in teaching with terms of use and tutorials.

Click here for the ILIAS course

Order process

  • Procuring licenses with framework agreements

    If a framework agreement exists, please complete the form for the desired software exclusively in Acrobat Reader, sign it, and send it to Then you will be granted access to the download server and receive the key, if applicable. Payment will be made via transfer or the invoice of the supplier will be forwarded to you for payment.

    The form must contain the following data:

    • Contact person: Signature of the chair holder or head of institute
    • Contact person for IT issues: An employee of the institution listed in the directory of staff members of the University of Mannheim.
    • E-mail address of the university: The University IT sends the license information via e-mail.
    • Access information for ASKRUM: Only required if the software is installed from our software server ASKRUM.
    • Product name (version number, operating system, language), number of licenses.
    • Price for one license, data carrier: Number of licenses, price for one license.
    • Transfer order or commitment to make a payment order for the resulting costs of the invoice

    Please note: Most products can be downloaded from the website of the manufacturer or distributor. If the user who ordered the product or the product itself requires a data carrier, additional costs for the data carrier and/or postage arise.

  • Ordering licenses without framework agreements

    Software for which no framework agreements exist, must be procured via SAP / SRM. After the orders have been authorized by the person responsible for the budget, the persons requesting the software must organize the procurement process themselves. Please see the following checklist for support:

    Procuring checklist

    For more procurement information, please go to the Intranet.


Software is provided to employees of the University of Mannheim via softhub.

Legal provisions and licensing models

  • Legal provisions for using software

    The following guide to the ethical and legal use of software for members of the academic community was written by EDUCOM* and ADAPSO* and translated into German and published by ALWR.

    • *EDUCOM = non-commercial association of over 450 higher education institutions in the United States dedicated to the organization of information technology in higher education
    • *ADAPSO = Computer Software and Services Industry Association
    • *ALWR = working group of the directors of computing centers in academia, in which almost all of Germany's computing centers in research and teaching are represented

    The guide deals with the following aspects:

    • Using software
    • Respect
    • Software and intellectual property

    It also gives answers to questions about using software and offers possible alternatives to explore.

    Using software
    Software enables us to accomplish many different tasks with computers. Unfortunately, in order to get their work done quickly and conveniently, some people justify making and using unauthorized copies of software. They may not understand the implications of their actions or the restrictions imposed on them by copyright law, patent law and criminal law.

    Here are some relevant facts:
    Unauthorized copying of software is illegal. Copyright law protects software authors and publishers, just as patent law protects inventors. Unauthorized copying of software by individuals can harm the entire academic community. If unauthorized copying proliferates on a campus, the institution may incur a legal liability. Also, the institution may find it more difficult to negotiate agreements that would make software more widely and less expensively available to members of the academic community. Unauthorized copying of software can deprive developers of a fair return for their work, increase prices, reduce the level of future support and enhancement, and inhibit the development of new software products.

    Respect for the intellectual work and property of others has traditionally been essential to the mission of higher education institutions. As members of the academic community, we value the free exchange of ideas. Just as we do not tolerate plagiarism, we do not condone the unauthorized copying of software, including programs, applications, data bases and code. Therefore, we offer the following statement of principle about intellectual property and the legal and ethical use of software. This “code”– intended for adaptation and use by individual higher education institutions – was developed by the EDUCOM Software Initiative in the USA. The working group of the directors of computing centers in academia (ALWR) adopted the code and translated it into German.

    Software and intellectual rights
    Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution. Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.

    Questions you may have about using software
    What do I need to know about software from a legal point of view?
    Unless it has been placed in the public domain, software is protected by copyright law. The owner of a copyright holds exclusive right to the reproduction and distribution of his or her work. Therefore, it is illegal to duplicate or distribute software or its documentation without the permission of the copyright owner. If you have purchased your copy, however, you may make a back-up for your own use in case the original is destroyed or fails to work.

    Can I loan software that I have purchased myself?
    If your software came with a clearly visible license agreement (license = right of use), read the license carefully before you use the software. Some licenses may restrict use to a specific computer. Copyright law does not permit you to run your software on two or more computers simultaneously unless the license agreement specifically allows it. It may, however, be legal to loan your software to a friend temporarily as long as you do not keep a copy or use the software yourself during this time.

    If software is not copy-protected, do I have the right to copy it?
    Lack of copy-protection does not constitute permission to copy software in order to share or sell it. “Non-copy-protected” software enables you to protect your investment by making a back-up copy. In offering non-copy-protected software to you, the developer or publisher has demonstrated significant trust in your integrity.

    May I copy software that is available through facilities on my campus, so that I can use it more conveniently in my own room?
    Software acquired by higher education institutions is usually licensed. The licenses restrict how and where the software may be legally used by members of the community. This applies to software installed on hard disks in microcomputer clusters, software distributed on disks by a campus lending library, and software available on a campus mainframe or network. Some institutional licenses permit copying for certain purposes (such as personal use). Consult a competent employee of your institution (e.g. University IT staff) if you are unsure about the use of a particular software product.

    Isn't it legally “fair use” to copy software if the purpose in sharing it is purely educational?
    No. It is illegal for a faculty member or student to copy software for distribution among the members of a class, without permission of the author or publisher.

    Alternatives to explore
    Software can be expensive. You may think that you cannot afford to purchase certain programs that you need. But there are legal alternatives to unauthorized copying.

    Campus licensed and bulk-purchased software
    Many institutions have negotiated agreements that make software available either to use or to purchase at special prices. Please consult the University IT about our campus and bulk purchases. You can benefit from student discounts by presenting your enrollment certificate. Please keep in mind, however, that this software is also subject to copyright and license restrictions and cannot be reproduced or distributed without authorization.

    Shareware, or “user-supported” software, is copyrighted software that the developer encourages you to copy and distribute to others. This permission is explicitly stated in the documentation or displayed on the computer screen. The developer of shareware generally asks for a small donation or registration fee if you like the software and plan to use it. By registering, you may receive further documentation, updates and enhancements. You are also supporting future software development.

    Public domain software
    Sometimes authors dedicate their software to the public domain, which means that the software is not subject to any copyright restrictions. It can be copied and shared freely. Software without copyright notice is often, but not necessarily, in the public domain. Before you copy or distribute software that is not explicitly in the public domain, please check with an expert (e.g. University IT staff).

    Please note: Public domain software must be treated with particular caution as it can be infected with viruses (this can also apply to pirated copies of copyrighted software).

    Restrictions on the use of software are far from uniform. The legal protection and the common practices on the market have yet to be further developed and distinctively shaped. You should check carefully each piece of software and the accompanying documentation yourself. In general, you do not have the right to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or make unauthorized copies of software for others.

    If you have questions not answered by this site about the proper use and distribution of a software product, please seek help from the University IT, the software developer or publisher, or a lawyer.

  • Licensing models

    What is a licensing model?
    A license constitutes a right of use. Licensing agreements define the extent of this right of use in the form of licensing models. These licensing models are characterized by different parameters, the most important of which are described in the following.

    License type
    There are two types of licenses:

    • Single-user license: In most cases, software products need a separate license for each device they are used on, meaning that you cannot use the same license on several devices.
    • Multi-user license: In the case of multi-user licenses, the licenses are either designated for specific devices or they are “concurrent” or “floating” licenses that can be assigned to different devices interchangeably.

    License class
    Licenses are divided into different classes, each with specific contractual conditions for using the software. The most common license classes are the following:

    • Full version: This version contains all features of the software product. You do not need to have obtained a previous version.
    • Upgrade: With an upgrade, you change from an older version of your software product to a later version. In this case, you need to already have purchased a valid full version from a previous version of the product.
    • Update: An update is a change within the same version. Updates are often carried out in order to remove bugs or add new features.
    • AddOn: An AddOn is an additional component for the full version of a product adding new features to the existing service. It may be subject to costs. An AddOn does not have to be part of the license and can even be offered by a different provider.
    • CAL (Client Access License): Client Access Licenses are additional licenses needed to access a server. They are always subject to costs.

    License metric
    The license metric indicates how the license is legally used and how the licensed users are counted. There are different types of license metrics:

    • Per device: Counts every installation on a system or device
    • Per user: Counts every user, multiple installations are possible (but use of these limited to one at a time)
    • Per named user: Counts every user named, multiple installations are possible (but use of these limited to one at a time)
    • Per user (floating license or concurrent use): software can be used on several systems, a license server monitors the total number of licenses to be assigned and which can either be designated per user or per device
    • Per central processing unit (CPU): number of installed CPUs, mostly only applies to server licenses

    The licensing term determines how long the license for the software product is valid for.There are two types of licensing models:

    • Subscription-based licenses, i.e. the license is limited to a certain period
    • Perpetual licenses, i.e. the license is paid for up-front and can be used indefinitely