Statistical Services Centre

Applied Statistics at the University of Reading
...making sense of statistics


What is Instat?

Instat is a general statistical package. It is simple enough to be useful in teaching statistical ideas, yet has the power to assist with research in any discipline that requires data analysis.

Instat has been used widely in the UK and elsewhere by a range of companies, research institutes, schools, colleges, universities and private individuals. At Reading it has been used extensively on training courses run by the SSC. It has also been used in many countries on statistics courses and on courses related to health, agriculture and climatology.

Using Instat

Instat can be downloaded from our website and used for non-commercial purposes by any individual free of charge. There is no copy-protection, time limit or data size restriction, other than Instat's inherent size limitations.

Instat can be supplied on a CD, for which there is a minimum charge of £40. When the software is supplied on CD, a printed copy of the Instat Tutorial (pdf file) is also provided.

To licence Instat for group or commercial use, please see the Licensing costs and terms of use.


Instat is currently only available for Windows and has been tested with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.

Linux users who wish to use Instat may wish to try Wine HQ, a system that enables you to run Windows applications directly on POSIX-compliant operating systems (such as Linux, Mac OSX and BSD). We cannot offer support using this option, but we have had reports of users successfully using Wine to run Instat version 3.37 on Linux.

Mac OS X users can also install a valid copy of Windows using Apple's BootCamp , or using a virtualisation software such as Virtual Box.

Page last updated: December 08 2017 08:40:22.