Installing Mathematica on macOS for a Personal Computer


How to I install and activate Mathematica on my personal comptuer?


Staring on 11-7-2022 you will now need to activate Mathematica with your Office 365 (MavMAIL) account.  Also if you previously had been using an activation code the next time it comes up for activation you will need to switch to using your Office 365 account.  You will probably also want to upgrade to the latest version so you can get the latest features and any bug and security fixes as well.

  1. Please look at Downloading Mathematica on a Personal Compute knowledge article if you need to get the Mathematica installer for Mac.
  2. Go to Downloads or where ever your browser or you download the file to.
  3. Double-click on Mathematica_13.1.0_BNDL_WIN_EXP.dmg
    • Note:  The file name may be slightly different if newer version or they have changed the download file in anyway.
    • Mac Download folder
  4. Double-click on the Download Manager for Wolfram Math...ocumentation icon.
    • Wolfram Mac Start download manager
  5. If you are prompted with the security warning for "Download Manager for Wolfram Mathematica 13.1 and English Documentation" is an app downloaded from the Internet.  Are you sure you want to open it?  Click on Open.
    • Mac Security Warning for an app downloaded from the internet
  6. If you are prompted with "Download Manager for Wolfram Mathematica 13.1 and English Documentation" would like to access files in your Downloads folder.  Click on OK.
    • Note:  Where it says Downloads it may say a different location if your downloads are sent somewhere else.
    • Mac access to downloads folder
  7. This should launch the Download manager.  Click on Next unless you want to change the location where the files are downloaded to.
    • Wolfram Download Manager Download Location screen
  8. Once if finishes downloading you should see next to status heading Complete.  Click on Launch to start the installer.
    • Wolfram Download Manager completion
  9. The next step may take a few minutes to process.  Once it does click on Continue.
    • Wolfram Mathematica Setup screen
  10. Click on Install to install it in the default location.
    • Wolfram Installation Type
  11. Enter your Mac credentials for your local Mac to confirmation installation.
    • Mac Login Verify install
  12. Once the install finishes you should get The installation was successful.  Click on Close.
    • Wolfram Completion screen
  13. Depending on your Mac OS you may be prompted if you want to keep or Move to trash the Installer.  Click on what you would like to do.   If you are not prompted you can just skip this step.
    • Note:  You can probably just click on Move to Trash since you can just re-download it if you need it again.
    • Mac keep or move to trash installer
  14. You Should see a Window for Wolfram Mathematica 13.1.  Follow the directions on the screen.
    1. Click on the red Mathematica Icon and drag to the right to the Applications folder and release.
    2. It should start copying the necessary files to the application folder.
    3. Unless you need it you don't need to install the WolframScript package.
    4. Once it is complete you can double-click on the Applications folder in that window to bring you into that folder.
      • Wolfram Mathematica copy to application folder​​​​​​​
    5. Locate and double-click on Mathematica.
  15. You should be brought to the Wolfram Production Activation screen.  Click on Sign in under Activate through your organization (SSO).
    • Wolfram Activate Online
  16. Your default web browser should open to and be asking you for your email address.  Enter your email address and click on Continue.
    • SSO Email Address login page​​​​​​​
    • Note:  If you are already logged into your email you may get Sign In Successful right away and can skip down below to the matching screenshot. 
      • Wolfram Sign In Successful screen​​​​​​​
  17. Enter one of the following:
    • Student:
        • office365 signin student
    • Employee
        • office365 signin employee
  18. Enter your password.
    • office365 password login
  19. You should be prompted for your MFA.  Follow the prompts on the screen as they may very depending on how you have your MFA setup.
  20. If prompted to stay signed in, select the option you would like.
  21. It should take a moment for the activation to go through.  Once it does you should see Sign In Successful.
    • Wolfram Sign In Successful screen
  22. Either close or minimize your browser and you should see Mathematica is opened and your named in the upper left corner.
    • Wolfram Mathematica with name in corner



Article ID: 594
Tue 11/8/22 10:37 AM
Tue 11/8/22 4:09 PM