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SPSS Install Instructions for Home Use ( Mac OS)

This document covers how to install SPSS on Windows or Macintosh computers. **These instructions work for SPSS v25 also

System Requirements:
Mac: MacOS 10.10 or newer

At this time, SPSS is not supported on the Chrome OS/Chromebook.

Macintosh SPSS Install:

1.) Please click the following link to download the most current SPSS software and license.

This page will prompt you for a log in, please use your complete campus username and password to access the code and software. Example: (

2.) On the page in the previous step, click the download for Macintosh link, also make note of or copy the authorization code located on the page. This code will be used later to activate your copy of SPSS please write it down or leave the webpage open for later use.

3.) Navigate to your downloads folder or the downloads list in Safari. There you will find the .dmg file of the SPSS install. Open the DMG, and then once the DMG is open run the Installer app. It may take awhile to open and verify; do not click on anything while it is doing this. The app will then prompt if you want to open it. Click open.

4.) If the installer does not open (if it did move to the next step) navigate to System Preferences, and the "Security & Privacy" preference pane. There you will need to adjust the gatekeeper settings to allow from anywhere. To do this, you must first click the lock in the lower left of the window and input your Mac password if the Mac requests it.

5.) If you have not previously used Java on your Mac, it will now prompt you to install this for SPSS's use. It may also ask you to update if it's an older Mac. You can also do this from If the runtime WAS already installed, skip to step six

6.) Click "OK" and then "Yes" and "Next" to get the install set up started.

7.) Select "I accept" and then "Next."

8.) Accept the terms of the install. Click "Next."

9.) Choose where you want to save the application (suggested: hard drive). Click "Next."

10.) Click "Install."

11.) Wait for the software to install. This could take up to over an hour depending on the machine. When it is finished installing, check the "Start SPSS" box and click "Done."

12.) When it opens SPSS, click "License Product." There is a close option but do not use it; the software will automatically close after licensing.

13.) Wait for it to open the license prompt. VERY IMPORTANT: Choose "Authorize User License" and then "Next."

14.) Carefully enter the authorization code you copied or wrote down.

15.) Allow it to authorize the software. Click "Next" and then "Finish" when authorization has completed.

16.) Go to Applications > IBM > SPSS > Statistics > 24 and open the "SPSSStatistics" program.

17.) It should look like the following when finished:


Keywords:spss, install, mac, macintosh, software, ibm, statistics   Doc ID:54778
Owner:Zach G.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2015-08-06 12:08 CSTUpdated:2019-09-10 14:31 CST
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