Installing Mathematica

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Brandeis has obtained a site license for Mathematica for Windows, Mac OS X, and linux.

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Under the terms of our License agreement:

  • University Owned Public Machines (computer clusters, science labs, computer classrooms): We can install unlimited copies
  • Faculty office machines (University Owned): we can install unlimited copies
  • Faculty members and Post-docs involved in academic university related work can go to the Wolfram website to get a copy for home use covered under our site license, free of charge.
  • Undergrads and grad students personal computers: student licenses are available for purchase from the wolfram website.
  • Note that Mathematica is available in all of the campus Computer Classroom and Clusters. For details, visit:

For more information, help, or details on acquiring a home license, please contact the Help Desk or use the mathematica-users mailing list.

Installation instructions

see Installing Mathematica 8 instructions for the latest version

Help and Troubleshooting

Learning to use

lots of places to try, including the mathematica website and many books on mathematica you can access on-line, some of them tailored at specific subject areas

mailing list

There is a local mathematica-users mailing list. To subscribe:

  1. Click on the following link:
  2. Brandeis community members: enter your UNet ID in the email address field, hit submit, and enter your UNet password in the subsequent password field.
  3. Off-campus users: enter your email address in the email address field and hit submit.

Client license file

Step by step on ubuntu

   tar xzvf Mathematica603Linux.tar.gz
   cd Unix/Installer
   sudo su
   echo '!' > /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/Configuration/Licensing/mathpass
   apt-get install libstdc++5

-- KarelSF - 3 Mar 2008 (linux instructions from SaraKunz) (updated 3 Sep 2013)

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
pngpng Mathematica-icon.png manage 1.1 K 2007-10-11 - 14:16 SaraKunz Drag the Mathematica icon to the Applications folder.
pngtiff Mathematica-icon.tiff manage 1.1 K 2007-10-11 - 14:14 SaraKunz Drag the Mathmatica icon to the Applications folder.
Topic revision: r24 - 2013-09-03 - 13:02:44 - KarelSF
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