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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+ Cloud, provided by DD&T. The licence allows you to download the software to your own computer (Windows or Mac). The version currently installed on University computers is ChemDraw 20.1. Training and support is provided by the Library.

How to use ChemDraw

For help and advice with using ChemDraw please email:

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

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

Go to Start –  ChemOffice 2020 – ChemDraw 20.1

On most University-managed computers, you can download ChemDraw from the software centre

ChemDraw and Chem3D can be accessed remotely via Uniapps or UniDesk:


Download ChemDraw to your own computer

You can download ChemDraw to your own computer or laptop following the instructions to download ChemOffice provided on the secure downloads page. Before you install a new version of ChemOffice, make sure that you have uninstalled any older version. 

Problems with downloading ChemDraw?

Note: the Perkin Elmer website causes various web browsers to come up with a security warning.  You just have to ignore this.  For example in Chrome, click on ‘advanced’ and then continue.

If you have a problem downloading ChemDraw you can try searching the PerkinElmer knowledge base:

Or seek help from DD&T:

Request IT support


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.