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SPSS for Macintosh

SPSS for Macintosh can be installed on faculty and staff personal computers using a site license authorization code. Check your operating system, such as an Intel-based Macintosh computer running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, to confirm compatibility with SPSS. This license is supported by the Academic Technology Services (ATS).  For on-campus computers, it is recommended that you install SPSS using the "SPSS 16 for Macintosh Network License Installation" document.

System Requirements

The minimum hardware and software requirements for SPSS are as follows:

Operating System

  • Apple© Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger™), 10.5 (Leopard™), or 10.6 (Snow Leopard).


  • PowerPC or Intel processor.
  • RAM: 512 megabytes (MB), at least 1 gigabyte (GB) is recommended.
  • 800 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • CD-ROM drive.
  • Super VGA (800x600) or a higher-resolution monitor.


  • Safari 1.3.1 or higher, Mozilla® Firefox® 1.5 or higher, or Netscape® 7.2 or higher
  • Java Standard Edition 5.0 (J2SE 5.0)

Installation Instructions

To install SPSS, you will be asked for your administrator password.

Authenticate with Password

IMPORTANT: Before installing SPSS 18 for Macintosh on a PowerPC-based Macintosh computer, it is recommended that you uninstall earlier versions of SPSS for Macintosh.

Installation Steps

  1. Download SPSS for the Macintosh from CSULB Software Depot.

  2. Open download folder and click the SPSS Installer.

    SPSS Installer File

  3. Select "Site license" and click the Continue button.

    Site License Choice

  4. Enter Customer information. The Serial Number is available on CSULB Software Depot.

    Customer Information

  5. Please review the License Agreement, accept the terms and click the Continue button.

    SPSS Agreement Terms
  6. Please review the Installation Instructions and click the Continue button.
    SPSS Installation Instructions
  7. The default destination directory is /Applications/SPSSInc/SPSS18. Click the Continue button.
    Default Destination Folder
  8. Click the Install button to begin the installation.
    Install Screen
  9. Uncheck the "Register with" and click the OK button to begin the license authorization process.
    License and Register SPSS 16 for Mac
  10. Choose Licensing Method.

    If you enable a temporary trial period of 14 days, you will have access to additional SPSS modules for 14 days. These include the ExactTest, Complex Samples, Classification Trees, ValidateData, Programmability, Advanced Visualization, Adaptor for PRedictive Enterprise Services and Neural Networks. This is important if you need to use a procedure with a fast turnaround. At the end of the trial period, you will run the SPSS Authorization Wizard to reset the software license.

    Select "License my product now" if you do not need to use the trial products.

    Choose Licensing Method

  11. Overview of Licensing. Click the Next> button.
    Overview of Licensing
  12. Enter the Authorization Code. It is available upon request. Click the Next> button.
    Enter Authorization Code
  13. Select the Authorization Method as Internet.
    Select Authorization Method - Internet
  14. Internet Authorization Status will indicate successful completion.
    Internet Authorization Status
  15. Licensing Completed. Note the expiration dates and click the Finish button.
    Licensing Completed
  16. Launch SPSS 18 for Macintosh to confirm installation.


If you are unable to update your SPSS for Macintosh with the Authorization Wizard, here's what you can try. Browse in the SPSS folder and locate the spssactivator.exe file. Launch this program and enter the authorization code when asked.


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