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BUTTER: Free Text Analysis Software for Social Scientists


Use the button below to download the BUTTER installer:

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The software will notify you when an update is available.


  • BUTTER is currently under development for Windows. The software should run without any issues on Windows 7, 8, and 10.
  • BUTTER requires Microsoft .NET 4.6.2 in order to run. If the application does not run on your computer, you likely need to install the .NET Framework 4.6.2 Runtime.

Mac Users:

  • If you have a Mac and your own copy of Windows, you may consider running this software under Windows by using something like Boot Camp or Parallels. Of these two approaches, the dual-boot method used by Boot Camp is probably better and more likely to allow BUTTER to use the full processing power of your computer.
  • If you don’t own a copy of Windows, never fear! You should be able to run BUTTER on a Mac by using something like Parallels or VirtualBox, plus a free “Development” virtual machine from Microsoft.

Special thanks to Ely Marceau for the Mac tips — thanks Ely!