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NMR Software

The spectrometers needs to be controlled by TopSpin and IconNMR. However, for analysis of the data there are several possibilities, both freeware and commercial. The Department of Chemistry have software licenses for TopSpin and MestReNova available for the users.


Basic TopSpin processing is now free for academic users. TopSpin, both version 3.6 and 4.0, are available from the UiB Software Center. The software can also be downloaded from Bruker's web page. You need to create an user account at Bruker's site in order to download the software and generate a free license.

If you generate a new lisence (after March 2019), the free Topspin lisence will also include a slightly amputated version of the small-molecule structure elucidation module, CMC-se Classroom edition.

Additional modules

TopSpin contains several more advanced modules which require additional licenses. We have a few licenses for CMC-assist, Dynamics Center, and for processing 3D-5D NUS spectra. These licenses are available under the CodeMeter license manager, which means that you need TopSpin 3.6 or newer to use them. 

To use these additional licenses you need to add the UiB license server to CodeMeter: Open the Code Meter Web Admin interfance (http://localhost:22350). Go to Configuration --> Basic --> Server Search List, and add the UiB server "lisens9.uib.no"

Version 3.6 vs. version 4.0

TopSpin is currently developed in two parallel version: 3.6 and 4.0. For processing the differences are mostly cosmetic. Older version does not support the CodeMeter licenses. For acquisition version 4.0 is used on the 600 MHz, version 3.6 is used on the 850 MHz, version 3.x is used on the 500WB, while version 2.x is used on the 500 MHz routine instrument.


MestReNova/Mnova can be downloaded directly from Mestrelab, and in the future also from Software Center. We have lisences for basic NMR, qNMR and, and Reaction Monitoring. You can obtain the license files by contacting José Guerrero. From Mestrelab you can also get 45-days demo licenses for other modules.

Once you have aquired the lisences start MestReNova. If you have no valid license, the registration wizard will open. Install the license files one by one. If the the registration wizard doesn't open automatically, you can start it by opening the Licence Manager (one of tiny icons in the top right corner of MestReNova) and clicking on the shopping cart. 

Please note that you need to be connected to the university network (via eduroam or uib-guest, or by cable). Alternatively, you can use it from home via VPN.

Other software

  • NMRPipe is a UNIX-based collection of programs and scripts for primarily used for processing of protein NMR-data.