Access Data Lab Software

Click on the links below for instructions on how to install the various software on your personal computer remotely. Additional information can be found on the Access Tufts Software page.


Access Software Remotely

If you are unable to install software on your personal computer, TTS offers several remote solutions including the TTS Virtual Lab (VDI), the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe) and the Engineering VDI. These solutions provide 24/7 online access to specialized software and applications for teaching, research, and general-purpose computing for Tufts University students, faculty and staff. The following links provide information on how to get started within a browser and through the VMware Horizon client. We strongly encourage use of the VMware Horizon client with these tools.

  • The TTS Virtual Lab (VDI) is the best solution for most use cases, with the exception of GIS software, graphic intensive software (such as SAS and SketchUp), and Adobe products.
  • The TTS Remote Lab (Adobe) is the best solution to access GIS software (such as ArcGIS and ENVI), in addition to SketchUp Pro, SAS and all Adobe products, such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

If you have questions regarding which remote solution is right for you, please reach out to us at DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu


Install ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) on your Personal Computer
These guides have instructions for downloading ArcMap on both Window’s and Mac OS computers. There are also resources for connecting to Box in ArcMap, along with connecting to the VPN and mapping network Drives. ArcMap is available on the TTS Virtual Lab and the Remote Labs.
How to Install ArcMap 10.8.1 on your Windows Computer
Video: How to Install ArcMap 10.8.1 on your Windows Computer
How to Install VMWare Fusion, Windows & ArcMap 10.8.1 on your Mac
Learn to use Box on your personal computer with ArcMap 10.8.1
How to Connect to the VPN and Map Network Drives
How to Migrate your H Drive to Box


Install ArcGIS Pro on your Personal Computer
These guides have instructions for downloading ArcGIS Pro on both Window’s and Mac OS computers. There are also resources for connecting to Box in ArcGIS Pro, along with connecting to the VPN and mapping network Drives. ArcGIS Pro is available on the TTS Virtual Lab and the Remote Labs.
How to Install ArcGIS Pro 2.8 on your Windows Computer
How to Install VMWare Fusion, Windows & ArcGIS Pro 2.8 on your Mac
Learn to use Box on your personal computer with ArcGIS Pro 2.8
How to Connect to the VPN and Map Network Drives
How to Migrate your H Drive to Box


How to Access and Install QGIS Remotely
This guide provides information on where to access QGIS for your Mac OS or Windows PC. For QGIS learning resources, please visit our QGIS page. QGIS is also available on the TTS Virtual Lab and the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe).


How to Access and Install GeoDa Remotely
This link provides a guide on how to install GeoDa for your personal computer. It is available on both a Mac and PC and both installers are included in this link. Geoda is also available on the TTS Virtual Lab and the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe).


How to Access and Install ENVI Remotely
Please see the Access Tufts ENVI software page for information on how faculty and staff can install ENVI on their tufts owned computers. Additionally, Students, faculty, and staff can use ENVI remotely on their personal computer via the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe).


How to Access and Install Stata Remotely
Tufts provides an enterprise site license for Stata SE enabling students, faculty, and staff to install Stata SE on their Tufts-owned or personal computer for educational use. The Access Tufts Stata software page has instructions on how to install Stata or access it remotely. STATA is also available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Access and Install SPSS Remotely
Please see the Access Tufts SPSS software page for information on how students, faculty and staff can install SPSS on their personal or tufts owned computers. SPSS is also available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Access and Install SAS Remotely
Please see the Access Tufts SAS software page for information on how students, faculty and staff can install SAS on their personal or tufts owned computers. SAS is also available on the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe) and the Research Cluster.


How to Access and Install R and RStudio Remotely
This guide provides information on how to install R and RStudio on your Windows, MacOS, or Linux personal computer. R and RStudio are also available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Access and Install Python Remotely
This guide provides information on how to install Python on your Mac OS or Windows personal computer. It also provides information for getting started and using python and using Python on the Tufts Compute Research Cluster. Python is also available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Access and Install Tableau Remotely
This guide provides information on how to install Tableau on your personal computer. It also provides information for getting started and using Tableau. Tableau is available on the TTS Virtual Lab and as a stand alone app in the VMware Horizon Client.


How to access and install Nvivo Remotely
This guide provides information on how to install Nvivo on your personal Mac OS or Windows PC. It also has information on getting started with Nvivo. Nvivo is available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Access and Install SketchUp Pro Remotely
Please see the Access Tufts SketchUp Pro software page for information on how faculty and staff can access SketchUp Pro on their tufts owned computers. Additionally, Students, faculty, and staff can use SketchUp Pro remotely on their personal computer via the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe).


How to Access and Install MatLab Remotely
Please see the Access Tufts MatLab software page for information on how students, faculty and staff can access MatLab on their personal or tufts owned computers. Additionally, Students, faculty, and staff can use MatLab remotely on their personal computer via the TTS Remote Labs.


How to Access and install DNaSP v6 and MEGA7 Remotely
These two guides give instructions on installing software used in the Bio143 Evolutionary Biology class. This software is not available on the TTS Virtual Lab.


How to access and install Microsoft Office 365
Please see the Access Tufts Microsoft Office 365 software page for information on how students, faculty and staff can access MatLab on their personal or tufts owned computers. This version of Microsoft Office 365 available for download does not include Publisher or Access, which are only available on TTS Virtual Lab.


How to Install Adobe Creative Cloud
Please see the Access Tufts Adobe Creative Cloud software page for information on how students, faculty and staff can access Adobe products on their personal or tufts owned computers. All Adobe products are available on the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe).


Additional GIS Resources