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Installing Mathematica on Mac OS X

Installing Mathematica for Network Licenses

Requirements

Mathematica is available for Windows, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X. For a complete list of platform availability, visit www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/platforms.html. Any supported machine can act as a client for running Mathematica, provided the following two conditions are met:
  • The client has access to the Mathematica files, either locally or from a file server on the network.
  • The license server running MathLM is available on the TCP/IP network.
A license server can also function as its own client. However, this is not recommended. If the machine has to be rebooted for any reason, the serving of licenses to all other clients on the network may be disrupted.
Before you install Mathematica as a license server client, MathLM should already be installed and running on a license server on the network (see "Installing MathLM" for details). To complete the Mathematica installation, you will need to know the name or IP address of the license server running MathLM.
To install Mathematica on Mac OS X in the Applications folder, you must log on as administrator.

To Install Mathematica:

1.  Insert the CD. Then double-click the Mathematica.dmg icon that appears on your desktop. A new window appears on your screen.
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2.  Drag the Mathematica icon from this window to the location on your hard drive where you want to install Mathematica. In order for all users to have access to Mathematica, you should install it in the systemwide Applications folder. You must log on as administrator to do this.
3.  When all files have been copied, double-click the Mathematica icon on your hard drive to launch the program.
4.  Mathematica starts up and the following dialog box appears. Select Network license. Then enter the name or IP address of the MathLM license server in the text field provided.
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5.  Click OK. Mathematica launches and is ready for use.
After you install Mathematica you may place the Mathematica icon into the Dock for easier access. To do this, start Mathematica, and hold down the Ctrl key while clicking the Mathematica icon in the Dock. In the popup menu that appears, choose Keep in Dock.

Installing Mathematica for Single-User Licenses

Follow these instructions to install a standalone copy of Mathematica that does not get a license from the license server. Depending on your license type, this may require contacting Wolfram Research to purchase additional licenses.
To run Mathematica, you must register with Wolfram Research and receive a password. See "Registration and Passwords" for further information.

To Install a Single-Machine Copy of Mathematica on Mac OS X:

1.  Insert the Mathematica CD. Then double-click the Mathematica.dmg icon that appears on your desktop. A new window appears on your screen.
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2.  Drag the Mathematica icon from the window to the location on your hard drive where you want to install Mathematica.
3.  When all files have been copied, double-click the Mathematica icon on your hard drive to launch the program.
4.  Mathematica starts up and the following dialog box appears. Select Single machine. Enter your name, the name of your organization, and your license number (printed on your license certificate) in the text fields provided. Click OK when you are done.
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5.  The following dialog box appears showing the MathID number for your machine. To obtain your password, click the Web button, go to register.wolfram.com, or contact Wolfram Research (see "Registration and Passwords" for further information). You will need to supply your license number and your MathID number.
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6.  Enter your password and click OK.

Installing Mathematica From a File Server

One convenient way to install Mathematica on a client is to copy the files from a file server on the network. This is an efficient way of making Mathematica available to a large number of users without having to supply a CD to each user.
Before following these instructions, Mathematica should be installed on the file server according to the instructions in Network License and Single-User License.

To Install Mathematica from a File Server:

1.  On the client machine, click GoConnect to Server in the Finder menu.
2.  In the dialog box that appears, choose a file server from the list or enter the machine name or IP address of the file server in the text field. Then click Connect.
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3.  Enter your name and password in the dialog box that appears. Then click Connect.
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4.  A dialog box appears, showing a list of volumes on the file server. Select the volume in which Mathematica is installed. Then click OK.
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5.  The volume you selected is mounted on the client machine. Double-click the icon representing the volume.
6.  Navigate to the location where Mathematica is installed. Then drag the Mathematica package from the file server to the location on the client machine where you want to install Mathematica. In order for all users to have access to Mathematica, you should install it in the Applications folder. You must log on as administrator to do this.