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Getting the Software

CD logoChemDraw is chemical drawing software licensed for campus users jointly by the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Molecular Biosciences.  Individuals can install the software on one or more personal devices. 

Versions 20+

  1. Search for "University of Texas at Austin" in site subscription box.
  2. Click Register under "Download the latest version of ChemDraw".
  3. Fill out the new user form using a recognized email address.  (Both new and returning users have to do this.)
  4. Create a new secure password under Sign Up, and you'll be logged in.
  5. Scan or sort the Entitlement ID list and select the ChemDraw Professional line with the most recent start date.  Download the installation package.  If you already have the latest version, you don't need to download it again. 
  6. Copy the Product Activation Code for that item in the entitlement list and enter it when launching the software.  Be sure to enter the email address you registered with.

Expired Registration?

  • The annual campus license expires every October 1.  After that the old registration code no longer works and you'll need a new one.
  • To get a new code, repeat the download process as above, and copy the new code.  You don't need to reinstall the software as long as you already have the same version, but it's a good idea to check which version is current.
  • Launch the app and enter the new code in the pop-up window. 

Troubleshooting and Support

As always, start with the Help feature in the software itself.  There is no on-campus support for this software in the sense of helping you use it and troubleshooting when it doesn't work right.  Your best bet is to ask someone in your lab who has experience using it.  You can submit a ticket to the CNS IT help desk for some underlying computer issues, but they don't use the software.  There are also some videos on YouTube that might get you started.  Posting your tough questions to Reddit r/chemistry can sometimes yield fast, helpful advice from the crowd.   Or you can contact the Perkin Elmer help desk at


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