Chemistry*: ChemDraw Professional

License Information

All USC faculty, staff, and currently registered students may download ChemDraw Professional software on USC owned and operated computers and laptops, as well as on personal computers for home use. Upgrades to ChemDraw Professional will also be provided during the term of this license agreement. Upon termination of the ChemDraw Professional agreement, all users of the software are obligated to uninstall the software. By downloading the software, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

Download Information

After clicking the link below, you will enter your USC email address. Then you will be prompted to create a PerkinElmer account. This is a separate account, but you need to use your USC email address to register. Once you have finished registering, you will arrive at the download page. The license information will be emailed to you.

Updates and Known Issues

December 2017: The license for ChemDraw16  is current.

September 2016: The license is available for download. 

August 2016: We are aware that the license has expired and are working to update it. Watch this space for updates. 

August 2015: Most USC site licenses will expire in August or September 2015. Please download a new license to continuing using your software. You can receive a new license by following the download instructions and PerkinElmer will generate a new license to email you.

May 27, 2015: ChemBioDraw Ultra 14 has been upgraded to ChemDraw Professional 15. Same software, different name. Upgrading is not required at this point.

June 18, 2014: ChemBioDraw Ultra 14 is now available for download. You must uninstall v13.x or earlier versions before installing 14. ChemBioDraw Ultra 14 now includes direct linking to SciFinder. For more information on setting up the direct linking, please visit the SciFinder: Registration and FAQ.

September 3, 2014: Some users are reporting issues with installing ChemBioDraw 14 on Mac OS 10.9x (Mavericks), please visit this FAQ page for assistance.



ChemBioDraw FAQ

Q: Can I download multiple copies of ChemDraw Professional?
A: Yes, as long as you are a current USC student, faculty, or staff, you may use ChemBioDraw on any (or all) of your personal computers and/or university owned computers. This includes both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Q: I have a Mac and I'm having issues installing ChemDraw Professional. What should I do?
A: There is a known install issue with ChemBioDraw on the new Mac 10.9x operating system. Please see the link above in the "Known Issues" section for more information.

Q: My software keeps drawing 3D structures and I just need simple 2D drawings. What should I do?
A: Verify you are using ChemDraw Professional 15 (the green icon), not Chem3D which has a purple icon .