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Free and open source qualitative research tool

Project description

A spin on the phrase “tag it!”, Taguette is a free and open source qualitative research tool that allows users to:

  • Import PDFs, Word Docs (.docx), Text files (.txt), HTML, EPUB, MOBI, Open Documents (.odt), and Rich Text Files (.rtf).

  • Highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs and tag them with the codes you create.

  • (not yet) Group imported documents together (e.g. as ‘Interview’ or ‘Lit Review’).

  • Export tagged documents, highlights for a specific tag, a list of tags with descriptions and colors, and whole projects.

Check out our website to learn more about how to install and get started.

Motivation and goal

Qualitative methods generate rich, detailed research materials that leave individuals’ perspectives intact as well as provide multiple contexts for understanding the phenomenon under study. Qualitative methods are used by a wide range of fields, such as anthropology, education, nursing, psychology, sociology, and marketing. Qualitative data has a similarly wide range: observations, interviews, documents, audiovisual materials, and more.

However - the software options for qualitative researchers are either far too expensive, don’t allow for the seminal method of highlighting and tagging materials, or actually perform quantitative analysis, just on text.

It’s not right or fair that qualitative researchers without massive research funds cannot afford the basic software to do their research.

So, to bolster a fair and equitable entry into qualitative methods, we’ve made Taguette!


You can find complete installation instructions on our website, including installers for Windows and MacOS.

Development setup from the repository

You can install from a local clone of this repository, which will allow you to easily change the sources to suit your needs:

  1. Clone this git repository from the terminal: git clone

  2. Navigate on the command line to the repository you’ve just cloned locally, using the cd command. To get help using cd, use this tutorial.

  3. Taguette uses Poetry for its packaging and dependency management. You will need to install Poetry.

  4. Install Taguette and its dependencies by running poetry install. Poetry will create a virtual environment for you by default, activate it by running poetry shell.

  5. Build translation files using scripts/

  6. You can start taguette in development mode using taguette --debug (or taguette --debug server <config_file>). This will start Tornado in debug mode, which means in particular that it will auto-restart every time you make changes.

  7. Navigate to localhost:7465 to use Taguette!


  • Copyright (C) 2018, Rémi Rampin and Taguette contributors

Licensed under a BSD 3-clause “New” or “Revised” License. See the LICENSE.txt file for details.

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