UPenn Software Licensing

Order IDL



For instructions on how to order through the
Penn Software Licensing Portal click here.


IDL is the trusted scientific programming language used across disciplines to create meaningful visualizations out of complex numerical data. From small-scale analysis programs to widely deployed applications, IDL provides the comprehensive computing environment you need to effectively get information from your data.

IDL 8 introduces significant improvements to simplify your data analysis and visualization workflow. New graphic functions are more powerful, making it easy to produce dynamic, presentation-quality, visual and video representations of your data for display and publication. In addition, the core IDL programming language is now easier to use so you can create programs and applications faster than ever before. And, the IDL 8 workbench programming environment has been streamlined so it’s easier to create small programs and large-scale applications.

IDL is the premier solution to get information from data, regardless of your prior programming experience.

Eligibility and Terms

Licensed to:

The software is licensed to staff and faculty at Penn departments for UPenn teaching purposes and run on hardware owned by the institution.

Available as stand-alone or concurrent license.

A departmental user may install IDL on a laptop to use IDL (for work-related purposes) at home, but an additional license is required.

License Year:

August 1 – July 31, One-year annual license


Windows, Linux, or Macintosh


Customers create an account at Harris Geospatial and log in to download IDL.

Customers send OSL the HostID of their system, and the license file is created and emailed to the customer.

Student version information about IDL is available from this Student IDL Data Sheet.

Students can purchase IDL directly from Harris Geospatial here. (Note: you will need to create a Harris Geospatial log-in and password.)


Penn's annual license entitles you to free upgrades and patches throughout the license year.

License Key:

The following information is needed to generate your license code:

HostID (e.g. MAC address)
Operating System
Machine Name


For installation support, contact Harris Geospatial Solutions Technical Support at 303-413-3920.


User Guide

Additional Information:

Student Software Editions are available.