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Chemistry Software: ChemDraw

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What is ChemDraw?

ChemDraw enables you to quickly and effectively draw 2D molecules, reactions and biological structures and pathways for use in documents, presentations and database searches. 


ChemDraw at the University of Bath

The University of Bath has a site licence for ChemOffice Professional, provided by Computing Services. The licence allows you to download the software to your own computer (Windows or Mac). The version currently installed on University computers is ChemDraw 18. Training and support is provided by the Library.

How to use ChemDraw

ChemDraw Cloud

You need to log in with your Perkin Elmer username and password: if you have previously downloaded ChemDraw you should have this. Otherwise follow the download instructions on this webpage and instead of downloading the software, click the link under ‘ChemDraw Cloud annual subscription’. This will activate your access.

ChemDraw Cloud doesn’t have the full functionality of desktop ChemDraw – for example there are limited templates – but it could be useful if you are working on a computer that doesn’t have the desktop version installed.

Access ChemDraw from University of Bath computers

To access ChemDraw from public access computers in the Library or PC labs:

Go to Start –  ChemOffice 2018 – ChemDraw 18.1

On most University-managed computers, you can download ChemDraw from the software centre. On a PC running Windows, this can be found from the Start menu under ‘Featured Apps’.

If you don't have access to the software centre, please contact your IT supporter.

Download ChemDraw to your own computer

ChemDraw is available for both PC and Mac. You can download it by completing the following steps. BEFORE downloading, please UNINSTALL any previous versions of ChemDraw. 

If you have a problem downloading ChemDraw please e-mail us: 


ChemDraw licence expiry issues

From time to time you need to reactivate your access to ChemDraw so that Perkin Elmer, the software supplier, can verify that you are still entitled to use it under the University of Bath licence.

These instructions should help you to regain access to ChemDraw on your own PC or Mac.

To re-activate ChemDraw on a University-managed PC:

- If you have not shut down and restarted your PC recently, please do so. The system should be able to fix this automatically.

- If this fails, and you are on Windows 10, please go to the Software Centre (accessible via the Start menu under ‘Featured Apps’.)

  • Click on ChemOffice Professional
  • Click on Uninstall
  • Then go back to the Software Centre, click on ChemDraw Professional again, and Install.

- If neither of the above works, please contact Computing Services