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Creating a Wolfram Account

Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account.”

Wolfram Create Account

Fill out the information requested and click “Create Wolfram ID”

Create Wolfram ID

You’ll then receive an e-mail from Wolfram asking you to verify your e-mail address.  Click on the link in the e-mail, and your account will be automatically verified. Once you’ve done that, proceed to the directions for your specific type of installation.

Obtain a License Key

Students should first create an account using the directions above.  Then, you should follow this link: https://user.wolfram.com/portal/requestAK/166a958ac56f3b89f0e8735e95f4995cdc5201a5

You’ll be taken to a form where you should enter in your personal information, including your major department and anticipated graduation date.  Then click Submit.

You’ll be taken to a page with your license key information.  Click on Product Summary page to be taken to a link to download and install Mathematica.

License Key Created

Installing Mathematica

Windows

Click the download link in your license key e-mail or log in to your Wolfram account. Then choose “Get Downloads”.  Click on the “Windows” download link for Mathematica Download Manager.

Select Mathematica Download Manager

A window will pop up with information about your download.  Click “Start Download”.

Start Mathematica Download

When your download is complete, navigate to your downloads folder and double-click the “Mathematica” file.

Mathematica Download File

You may be asked if you want to run the file.  Choose “Run”

Run Mathematica Download Manager

A box will pop up showing the progress of the download of Mathematica.  You can do other things while you wait for the complete download.

Mathematica Download Manager

When it finishes, click Launch.

Launch Mathematica Installer

The installer will then start. Click “Next >” four times (unless you have a compelling reason to change any of the settings presented.

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Installer 1Installer 2Installer 3Installer 4

Then, click “Install”

Installer Start

Mathematica will begin installing on your computer. Click “Finish” to exit the installer.

The first time you run Mathematica, you’ll be prompted for your activation key.  Enter the key that you got during the key request process and press Activate. You’ll need to be connected to the Internet to activate your software.


Activate Mathematica License

Accept the license agreement on the next page.  You’ll then be able to use Mathematica.



Macintosh

If you haven’t already, you must allow applications from identified developers to run on your system. Click on the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences.”

Mac System Preferences

Next, choose Security & Privacy.

Mac Security and Privacy

Click the lock to allow editing of the preferences.  You may have to enter your password.

Edit Preferences

Under “Allow applications downloaded from:,” choose “Mac App Store and identified developers”.

Allow Applications

Close the window, and you’re ready to start installing the software


Click the download link in your license key e-mail or log in to your Wolfram account. Then choose “Get Downloads”.

Download License Link

Click on the Macintosh Mathematica Download Manager download button:

Get Mathematica Download Manager

A box will pop up asking you if that’s what you want to download.  Click Download.

Download Manager

Navigate to your download folder and double-click the Mathematica .dmg file.

Mathematica File

Then, double-click the download manager.

Start Download Manager

Depending on your settings, you may get a warning.  Choose “Open”.

Open File MacOS


Your download will start.  You can do other things while it downloads.

Wolfram Download Manager



When the download completes, click Launch.

Launch Mathematica Installer

The install window will come up.  Drag the Mathematica symbol to the Applications folder symbol.

Mathematica Install MacOS

The Mathematica software will then install.  You’ll hear a sound indicating that the install is complete.


You’ll be prompted for your activation key.  Enter the key that you got during the key request process and press Activate.  You’ll need to be connected to the Internet to activate your software.

Mathematica Activate Key

Accept the license agreement on the next page.  You’ll then be able to use Mathematica.

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