Screenshot of Quirkos 1.4.1
Developer(s)Quirkos Software
Stable release
2.4.1 / November 2020
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Linux, macOS
TypeQualitative data analysis, Qualitative Research

Quirkos is a CAQDAS software package for the qualitative analysis of text data, commonly used in social science. It provides a graphical interface in which the nodes or themes of analysis are represented by bubbles. It is designed primarily for new and non-academic users of qualitative data,[1] to allow them to quickly learn the basics of qualitative data analysis. Although simpler to use, it lacks some of the features present in other commercial CAQDAS packages such as multimedia support. However, it has been proposed as a useful tool for lay and participant led analysis[2] and is comparatively affordable.[3] It is developed by Edinburgh, UK based Quirkos Software, and was first released in October 2014.[4]

The interface is unique, in that it simultaneously displays visualisations and text data[5] and has identical capabilities on Windows, macOS and Linux. The thematic framework is represented with a series of circles, the size of each indicating the amount of data coded to them. Colors are used extensively to indicate the thematic bubble within the coding stripes on the text sources.[6] There are few features for quantitative or statistical analysis of text data, however project files can be exported for analysis in statistical software such as SPSS or R.

Quirkos is extensively used in many different fields which utilise qualitative research, including sociology,[7] health,[8][9] media studies,[10] school of education[11][12] and human geography.[13] The developers claim use in more than 100 universities across the world.[14] It has also been used in research for non-governmental organisations such as the Infection Control Society[15] and UNICEF.[16] However, the text management capabilities also can be used to assist in systematic literature reviews.[17]


See also


  1. ^ Gilbert, Nigel (2015). Researching Social Life. SAGE. p. 161. ISBN 978-1446295458.
  2. ^ Fielding, edited by Nigel G.; Lee, Raymond M.; Blank, Grant (2008). The SAGE handbook of online research methods (Repr. ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE. p. 476. ISBN 9781412922937. ((cite book)): |first1= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Kara, Helen (2012). Research and evaluation for busy practitioners : a time-saving guide (1st ed.). Bristol: The Policy Press. p. 168. ISBN 978-1447301158.
  4. ^ "Launch of Quirkos Qual Software". Mr Web. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ Saldana, Johnny; Omasta, Matt (2017). Qualitative research: Analyzing Life. Sage. p. 251. ISBN 978-1506305493.
  6. ^ Saldana, Johnny (2015-11-02). The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. SAGE. p. 34. ISBN 9781473943599.
  7. ^ Gavin, Daker-White (11 July 2016). "The Social Context of Patient Safety Risks for People Living with Multiple Health Conditions". ISA Forum of Sociology.
  8. ^ Anderson, C; Evans, J; Valderas, J.M.; Campbell, S; Daker-White, G. (1 April 2017). "The art of prioritising – people's experiences of dealing with multiple medicines for multimorbidities" (PDF). International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 25: 4–39. doi:10.1111/ijpp.12367. ISSN 2042-7174. PMID 28337814.
  9. ^ Ashford, Miriam T.; Ayers, Susan; Olander, Ellinor K. (1 May 2017). "Supporting women with postpartum anxiety: exploring views and experiences of specialist community public health nurses in the UK" (PDF). Health & Social Care in the Community. 25 (3): 1257–1264. doi:10.1111/hsc.12428. ISSN 1365-2524. PMID 28105764. S2CID 3920801.
  10. ^ Lim, Sun Sun; Soriano, Cheryll (2016-01-08). Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts. Routledge. ISBN 9781317552635.
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Marisol (2016). The Career Path of Successful Hispanic Women Holding Top Academic Administrative Positions in Higher Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017 – via ProQuest.
  12. ^ M., McKee, Holly (2016). "The Construction and Validation of an Instructor Learning Analytics Implementation Model to Support At-Risk Students". Cec Theses and Dissertations: 46. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  13. ^ Nizarudin, Norhanis Diyana (28 June 2016). "Spatial and Sociocultural Aspects of Urban Mosque Open Spaces in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A mixed-method approach". Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal. 1 (2): 43–51. doi:10.21834/e-bpj.v1i2.254. ISSN 2398-4287.
  14. ^ "Looking back and looking forward to qualitative analysis in 2017". Quirkos Software. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  15. ^ Denton, Andrea (2015). IPS Infection Prevention Society Research Grant Final Report. Infection Prevention Society.
  16. ^ A, Bhatti; Z, Mumtaz; M, Sommers (16 July 2016). "Formative Menstrual Hygiene Management Research: Adolescent Girls in Pakistan". ERA. Real Medicine Foundation (Pakistan). doi:10.7939/R3F47H57R. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  17. ^ Silver, Christina (1 January 2016). "The value of CAQDAS for systematising literature reviews". Revy. 39 (1): 6–8.
  18. ^ Gilbert, Nigel; Stoneman, Paul (2016). Researching Social Life. SAGE. p. 430. ISBN 9781473944237. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Quirkos 2.3 with live team work is now here". Retrieved 5 March 2020.