SCF Software

Local Software

The SCF has been a primary testing site for some of the most important statistical packages now in use. It was the first primary test site for the 'S' statistical language, and a primary test site for the UNIX version of SAS.

The primary computational software currently supported by SCF includes:

In addition, we support standard software used in research and teaching, including vim, emacs, LaTeX (and LyX), and Perl, among others. Other supported resources include:

Finally, we can generally install software needed for teaching or research by our users, including R, Matlab, and Python packages, consult [at] stat [dot] berkeley [dot] edu (upon request). And we try to keep up with useful new software as it becomes available.

Note that access to some software (in particular machine learning and GPU-using software, and switching between versions of Python) is controlled via Linux environment modules.

Campus Distributed Software

Note that software for installation on personal machines can be obtained from the campus-wide Software Central site.


To install Matlab on your own computer, please go here.

Self Service

If you have a UC-owned Mac, you can use the Casper Self Service application to install the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), Adobe Acrobat Professional, and other commercial and free software. This is especially useful if you need to install a lot of common software like Google Chrome, Cyberduck, and Dropbox on your computer since you can easily install them all through this one application.

  1. You will need to connect from the Berkeley network meaning AirBears 2, eduroam, campus ethernet, or the campus VPN.
  2. Download the Self Service software and open the .dmg file.
  3. Install the QuickAdd-UCB-SelfServiceOnly.pkg package contained inside the .dmg.
  4. Drag Self to your Applications folder.

Click the INSTALL link next to any application to install it.