Getting Software Using Software Distribution Services


Pitt IT works with software companies to negotiate site license agreements and cost savings for University students and employees. In addition, Pitt IT ensures that all software made available in the labs and classrooms is licensed appropriately for the intended use.

Site-licensed software is delivered via download. Some software may be subject to an individual license fee and your University role or affiliation determines eligibility. Software titles are made available electronically through My Pitt ( with a valid University Computing Account. University students, faculty, and staff can download Microsoft Office, Windows, and many more titles from the Software Download Service via My Pitt ( Azure Dev Tools for Teaching page or the Microsoft Office Application Store ( Departments who wish to purchase software can do so through The Information Technology Software Store at PantherExpress.

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Software Download Service

The University's Software Download Service enables students, faculty, and staff to search for and download software that is distributed at no cost through the University’s software licensing program. This service is only available to computers that have verified their identity with multifactor authentication using Pitt Passport, the University's single sign-on service. University-licensed software is available to all members of the University community with a primary University Computing Account. Academic Courseware for faculty is licensed and available only to eligible teaching faculty with a primary account. View the list of available Software titles to ensure that it's available for download or must be obtained via other Software Distribution sources. 

All eligible teaching faculty can download many academic courseware titles via the Software Download Service at My Pitt ( To access some academic courseware, faculty members need to install a program called KeyAccess (available from the Software Download Service).

  • KeyAccess is a client enables a computer to access the licenses that are needed to run these software applications. A computer must be connected to a PittNet Ethernet port on campus, Wireless PittNet, or the PittNet VPN (GlobalProtect) Service in Network Connect mode in order run KeyAccess.
  • KeyCheckout, a feature of KeyAccess, offers faculty the ability to check out licenses to use certain software programs on their computers locally without the need to be online. The software license may be checked out from one day to a maximum time of five weeks. This program is ideal for faculty members who travel or want to work from home without being online.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching includes programming and technology tools for developers such as Visual Studio Enterprise. University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff can get Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching via My Pitt ( at no cost.

The Information Technology Software Store(PantherExpress)

University departments can purchase software through a convenient, easy-to-use online store. The Software Store integrates with PantherExpress, the University’s procurement and payment system. This online store eliminates the need to prepare paper requisitions when purchasing or renewing University site-licensed software for your department.

Software Distribution Locations

Most student software can be downloaded at no cost via the Software Download Service at My Pitt ( or at

Drop-In Support Desk

There are two Drop-In Support locations: the University Store on Fifth and G-62 Cathedral of Learning.


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