El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11) - What Works?

Last updated: 1/8/2016

New Apple computers are shipping with El Capitan. The IT Service Center will provide limited assistance with software and services running on El Capitan, but at this time, all Brown services do not work consistently with this operating system.

Compatibility Table

The table below describes software and services that were tested on El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11):

  • An "X" in the column titled "Works As Is" requires no special consideration to install, run or uninstall the software.
  • An "X" in the "Exceptions" column means the software may be able to run with some user intervention. Notes for exceptions will appear in the "Comments" column.
  • An "X" in the "Does Not Work" column means the software is not compatible with El Capitan.

Please note that all functions of applications may not have been tested. Testing of operating system updates are ongoing. Please report any functionality issues to the IT Service Center.

Installing some software may require gatekeeper to be disabled. See Apple's instructions for disabling gatekeeper: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5290


Name Works AS IS Exceptions Does NOT work Comments
Acrobat Pro XI X      
Acrobat Reader 11 X      
After Effects CC X      
Audition CC X      
Bridge CC X      
Camtasia X      
ChemBioDraw Ultra (current) X      
Cyberduck X      
Dreamweaver CC X      
Edge Animate CC X      
EndNote X7 X     Not compatible with Microsoft Office 2016.
Excel (2011, 2016) X      
FileMaker Pro 14 X      
FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced X      
Firefox ESR X      
Flash Player X      
Fugu (current)     X PowerPC application - unsupported
Garage Band (current) X      
Google Chrome X      
Identity Finder 6.2     X  Failed to install. Error: preferences file has an incorrect version.
iDVD (current) X      
Illustrator CC X      
iMovie (current) X      
InCopy CC X      
InDesign CC X      
iPhoto (current) X      
iTunes (current) X      
iWeb (current) X      
Kaleidagraph X      
KeyAccess X      
LabVIEW 2013     X OSX 10.11 is not supported by LabView 2013 Pro and cannot be guaranteed to work properly. 
Lightroom CC X      
Logger Pro 3.7   X   An update,  available on the Logger Pro download page, must be applied.
Lyx X      
Maple 18 X      
Mathematica 10 X      
Matlab r2014b X      
Media Encoder CC X      
Microsoft Office 2011/2016 X      
Muse CC X      
NVivo 11 X      
OneDrive X      
OpenOffice 4.0.1 X      
Opera (current) X      
Photoshop CC X      
Powerpoint (2011/2016) X      
Prelude CC X      
Premiere Pro CC X      
Printing - Canon ImageRunners   X   Some print drivers may not be available
QuickTime Player X      
Safari 9 X      
Sibelius 8 X      
System Center Endpoint Protection X      
SpeedGrade CC X      
SPSS 22 X      
Stata SE 14 X      
Tableau Desktop X      
Tecplot 2015 EX     X License error
TextWrangler 4.5.1 X      
VPN - F5 Desktop Client     Two-step verification does not allow the "Remember Me" option to be enabled. 
Wolfram | Alpha Pro X      
Word (2011/2016) X      


Name Works AS IS Exceptions Does NOT work Comments
ASK (Advising SideKick) X      
Automated Lecture Capture        
Banner (BDMS Web) X      
Banner (BRM) X      Requires Flash
Banner (INB) X      
Banner (Luminis) X     Requires Flash
Banner (Recruiter) X      
Banner (Self-Service) X      
Banner (XE) X      
Banner (WorkFlow)   X   Banner INB does not automatically open when clicking an item on the WorkFlow task list.  Login required.  After login, the main INB menu is displayed.
BAT X      
Blogs X      
Brown-Guest X      
Canvas X      
CIS TeamViewer QuickSupport 8      
ClearPass 802.1x X      
Cloudpath  X      
Coeus Premium X      
Coeus Lite X      
Cognos X      
COI X      
courses.brown.edu X      
Dept. File Services (webfiles.brown.edu) X      
Dept. File Services (files.brown.edu\dfs) X      
Dimensions X     No desktop client. Use Safari or Chrome web browsers.
Drupal X      
EduRoam X      
Fileway (webfiles.brown.edu) X      
FIS X      
Gmail X      
Healthquest X      
IPTV X      
ISSM (International Student and Scholar Manager) X      
Kronos X      
Library Reverse Proxy X      
Mediacore Online Movies X      
MyAccount X      
MyConnection (myconnection.brown.edu)      

Test on student subnet

Odyssey - Thick Client   X   Windows only
Odyssey - Web Access X      
PAWPrints (Pharos) Printing X      
Pinnacle X      
Qualtrics Survey Tool X      
RemedyWeb X      
Remote Tools (SCCM, SQL Mgt console, Xen/Citrix Tools n/a      
SCCM (System Management) n/a      
Shibboleth X      
Shibboleth, 2-factor X      
SSL VPN X      
Tableau Server X      
WebEx X      
Wifi.brown.edu (Brown SSID) X      
Wikis X      
Wired Connectivity X      
Wireless Connectivity X      
Workday X      

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