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Installing Mathematica

Follow these basic instructions to install Mathematica on your computer. More detailed instructions are on the installation card that comes with your CD. For more information see

For installation troubleshooting, visit or refer to the troubleshooting section for your platform in this manual.

See Upgrading from Version 4 and Earlier if you are upgrading from an earlier version of Mathematica.

Network Mathematica: System administrators should use the instructions in the Network Mathematica System Administrator's Guide or at to install the Mathematica license manager, MathLM. Once MathLM is installed, you can use the isntructions on this page to install a copy of Mathematica.

On Windows:

1. Insert the CD. The Mathematica CD window appears on your screen.

2. Click the button labeled Install Mathematica to a hard disk, and follow the instructions on the screen.

On Mac OS X:

1. Insert the CD. A new window appears on your screen. If no new window appears, double-click the CD icon.

2. Open the Mathematica 5.0 for Mac OS X folder.

3. Drag the Mathematica 5.0 icon to the location on your hard drive where you wish to install it.

On Unix/Linux:

1. Mount the CD. For mounting instructions, visit

2. Run the commands:

# cd /cdrom/Installer

# ./MathInstaller

3. Follow the instructions provided by the installer.


BulletWindows: If the Mathematica CD window does not appear, the CD autorun feature might be disabled on your computer. To install Mathematica, open the CD-ROM drive icon, open the PC directory, and double-click the MathInstaller icon.

BulletWindows: If your CD-ROM driver is not able to read files with long filenames, open the PC directory on the CD and run MathInstaller.EXE to install Mathematica.

BulletUnix/Mac OS X/Windows NT, 2000, and XP: If you want all users to have access to Mathematica, install Mathematica as root or administrator.