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Mathematica How To Obtain for Mac OS X


The instructions on this page are for university owned machines only that have "Property of UT Arlington" asset tags, also referred to as UTA assets in this document.  These are typical faculty/staff office computers that are connected to the UTA network. Please contact the OIT Help Desk for instructions on how to obtain Mathematica for computer labs utilizing an imaged based deployment, such as Symantec Ghost. 

How to Get:


To install Mathematica on personally owned faculty machines you will need to fill out the Wolfram's Staff Home Use Mathematica License form located at

To process the home-use license three conditions must be met:
1) Software must be requested using a "" or in some cases a "" email address
2) The software must be for a privately owned computer.  Computers owned/provided by UT Arlington are not eligible for the home-use license.
3) Home-use license is for faculty only.  Faculty may include professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, teachers, GRAs and GTAs.

Please contact the OIT Help Desk for the required License Key.


The UT System has arranged to sell student licenses through HiEd Inc for $35.00 per year (January through December).  Please see  more information.


How to Use:

  1. Open Finder. In the menu-bar, click Go and select Connect to Server.

  2. Enter smb://$/ in the Server Address field and click Connect. Enter your NetID and password if prompted.

    connect to server

  3. Navigate to Wolfram/Mathematica-8/Mac folder from the mounted software$ shared folder and then double-click on the Mathematica_8.0.0_OSX_MachineSpecific.dmg file.

  4. A disk volume called Mathematica should now mount on your Desktop. Open this disk volume and copy the Mathematica application to the Applications folder alias.
    open program

  5. Double-click on Mathematica within your Applications folder to start the program.
    start program

  6. When running Mathematica for the first time you will be prompted to enter an Activation Key. Click on the Other ways to activate button.
    license server info

  7. Select Connect to a network license server.
    license server info

  8. Enter Click Activate.
    license server info

  9. If you agree to the Mathematica license agreement, click the I accept the terms of this agreement checkbox and click the OK button.
    license server info

  10. To install the browser and Spotlight plugin, open the mounted Mathematica disk and double click on the Extras.pkg file. Follow the installer steps to install the plugins.
    open program