(Please contact for any additional software requests).

The following list is not comprehensive. It comprises recommended software and any software added to the respective platforms. Software that is included by default in a given operating system (for example, Internet Explorer on Windows) is not mentioned.

All Linux software is accessible to Windows and Mac OS X users via secure shell or xterm.

Windows Remote Desktop is available to all Linux, Mac OS X and Windows desktop computers.

Some software is marked "optional". On Mac OS X 10.9 or later, you need to run /Applications/Self to install optional software. You may install many of the software available on the web provided that the software is able to run and be installed in your own home directory. You are also free to install all applications available in the Apple AppStore.

Title Description Categories Installed Platform(s)
VLC Media Player VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. Internet macOS
Dropbox Dropbox is a cloud-based data storage service that makes file synchronization and sharing easy. IAS provides access to an Institute-managed Dropbox service for academic and organizational use to all faculty, scholars and staff on an opt-in basis. Internet Linux, macOS, Windows
Google Chrome The Google Chrome web browser Internet macOS, Windows
Adobe Creative Cloud Includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat, and Bridge Office, Publishing, Internet, Image Manipulation, Drawing Contact Computing Staff for access
Overleaf Online LaTeX-based collaborative writing and publishing tool. Publishing Contact Computing Staff for access
Povray A tool for creating 3D graphics Visualization Linux
Code42 A cloud backup and recovery tool macOS
PAW Physics Analysis Workstation from CERN Visualization Linux
OpenDX Open source visualization software package based on IBM's Visualization Data Explorer Visualization Linux
Matlab MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran. Mathematics, Visualization Linux, macOS (optional), Windows
Base System Software Each operating system includes its default software packages. Linux, macOS, Windows, Windows Remote Desktop
Sublime Text editor for code. macOS
Atom Text editor for code. macOS
PyCharm Python IDE macOS
Slack Messaging application. macOS
Python Python is a general-purpose high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Programming Languages Linux
Xcode Xcode is a suite of tools for developing software on macOS, developed by Apple. Compilers, Programming Languages macOS
gnuplot Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility for linux, OS/2, MS Windows, OSX, VMS, and many other platforms. Visualization Linux
Subversion An open-source revision control system, useful for solo or collaborative software development and paper editing. Revision Control Linux
GnuPG Encryption for files and email, works well with Enigmail on Mozilla Thunderbird. Privacy, Security Linux
OpenOffice Office, Publishing Linux
Microsoft Office Microsoft Office is an office suite of interrelated desktop applications for the Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems. Office, Publishing macOS, Windows
Keynote, Pages & Numbers Apple's productivity apps Office, Publishing macOS
Mathematica Mathematica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing. Faculty, members and staff can also request home use Mathematica licenses by contacting the SNS help desk. Mathematics Linux, macOS, Windows
Xming Xming is an implementation of the X Window System for Microsoft Windows operating systems. A xterm desktop icon will activate Xming. Integration Windows
WinEdt WinEdt is a shareware ASCII editor and shell for Microsoft Windows. It is primarily used for the creation of TeX (or LaTeX) documents, but can also be used to edit HTML or any other type of text file. Office, Publishing Windows
SSH Secure Shell Provides secure shell access to various devices, particularly Unix and Linux hosts, inside and outside IAS. Integration, Privacy, Security Windows
Skype Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Internet, Communications macOS, Windows
Mozilla Thunderbird The email client we recommend. Internet, Communications Linux, macOS, Windows
Mozilla Firefox A web browser. Internet Linux, macOS, Windows
Maple Maple is a general-purpose commercial computer algebra system. Mathematics Linux, macOS (optional)
MikTeX The TeX system for Windows. Publishing Windows
Java Java is a general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. Versions vary. Compilers, Programming Languages Linux, macOS, Windows
IrfanView An all-purpose graphics viewer for Windows Office, Visualization Windows
ICS Viewer Used for some grant applications. Publishing Windows
GSview A graphical interface for ghostscript, usually used as a postscript file viewer. Publishing, Visualization Windows
Ghostscript Converts and renders postscript. Conversion, Publishing, Visualization Linux, Windows
Adobe Reader Displays PDF documents. Office, Publishing Linux, Windows
7-zip Open-source file archive compressor and decompressor for Windows. Office, Conversion Windows
MacTeX The TeX system for macOS Publishing macOS
Singular A computer algebra system for polynomial computations Mathematical Linux
xfig An interactive vector figure generation tool. See adding LaTeX figures in xfig. Drawing Linux
dia Useful for diagrams. Drawing Linux
IFRIT 3-dimensional visualization tool Astronomical, Visualization Linux
IRAF Image Reduction and Analysis Facility Astronomical Linux
HEAsoft Ftools + Xanadu Astronomical Linux
Root Object oriented data analysis framework Astronomical Linux
Supermongo An interactive plotting package for drawing graphs Astronomical, Publishing, Visualization Linux
SAS Reduce and analyze data collected by the XMM-Newton observatory Astronomical Linux
Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) A complete and integrated system for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) proposal preparation Astronomical Linux
ds9 Astronomical data vizualization Astronomical, Visualization Linux
gcc The GNU compiler collection Compilers Linux
Intel Fortran Compiler Includes Fortran 90 compiler Compilers Linux
ImageMagick Reads, converts and writes images in a variety of formats Conversion, Image Manipulation Linux
netpbm-progs Contains many scripts for converting from one graphics file format to another Conversion, Image Manipulation Linux
pdftex, pdflatex Convert latex to PDF Conversion, Publishing Linux, MacOS
ps2pdf, pdf2ps Convert between postscript and PDF Conversion, Publishing, Image Manipulation
CERNLIB Libraries Linux
CFITSIO Libraries Linux
FFTW Libraries Linux
HDF Libraries Linux
IDL Astronomy User's Library Libraries Linux
LAPACK Libraries Linux
NAG Libraries Libraries Linux
Numerical Recipes Libraries Linux
PGPLOT Libraries Linux
Git Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Revision Control Linux. macOS
Aquamacs Emacs editor for the Mac Publishing, Office macOS
PAMIR Multidimensional adaptive integration Mathematics Linux
(Any IAS Member can download it to their PC from the PAMIR website)
GVim Advanced text editor in Windows that provides the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi' Windows
SumatraPDF PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader. Publishing Windows
Inkscape An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Drawing macOS
XQuartz a component of the X Window System for macOS. Previously X11. macOS
Evernote Note-taking app macOS
Zoom Video conferencing macOS, Windows