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SPSS Statistics: Download & Installation for Mac (Students)

This article covers how CSUF students can download, install, and activate SPSS Statistics

Step 1: Remove Previous Versions of SPSS

If you do not have a previous version of SPSS installed, proceed to Get the Activation Code.

If you have an older version of SPSS on your device you need to remove it before installing the newer version.  

This will help avoid potential clashes between multiple versions.  

1. Open up Finder

SPSS Statistics Guide - Jan20 - Word

2. Click on Applications

applications folder

3. Select the IBM folder from the list and put it in your Trash

ibm folder to trash

4. Empty your Trash to finish uninstalling

Note: Open your Trash

1. Click on the gear icon

2. Then click "Empty Trash"

empty trash

Tip: You can also right-click/double-click/control-click on your Trash, then select "Empty Trash"

5. Restart you computer


1. Click on the apple icon

2. Then select "Restart..."

restart computer

Warning: You will need to restart your computer to complete the uninstall process.

Step 2: Get the Activation Code

1. Open your browser to the Beyond Compare Software Page and click "Get A Personal IBM SPSS License"

a. Go to the IBM SPSS Software Page

b. Click on "Get A Personal IBM SPSS License"


2. Login using your Portal Username & Password

CSUF portal login

3. Add the SPSS Statistics license to your cart

Note: If you don't see "Add to Cart" you may have already received a code, click on "View ordered license" and skip to 1.6.

order ibm spss license

4. Click on "View your cart" and accept the EULA

Alert: Once you read the EULA, make sure to tick the check box and click on "Place your order"

end user license agreement

5. Your cart will now display your activation code under "Serial Number"

Tip: Save this serial number or keep this tab open, you will need it later to activated SPSS Stats

view licenses
Step 3: Download the Software

1. Go to IBM SPSS Software Page and click "Download IBM SPSS"

a. Go to the IBM SPSS Software Page

b. Click on "Download IBM SPSS"


2. Select the "IBM SPSS Statistics" folder, then select "Mac"

SPSS Dropbox folder

3. Select the installation file; click on "Download" then "Direct Download"

direct download from Dropbox

Tip: The download button is located in the top right of the web page

Warning: The file download time may vary based on the device and internet connection

Step 4: Install the Software

1. Locate and open the installation file you downloaded.

spss installation wizard

Note: The installation file should go to the "downloads" folder by default, unless changed

2. Click Next

license agreement

3. Accept the terms in the license agreement, then click Next

accept software agreement

4. Optional: Select if you would like to download "Essentials for Python", then click Next

python essentials optional

Tip: If you haven't heard of Python then it's likely you don't need it

5. Optional: Set your installation path, then click Next

Tip: It is recommended you leave the default path

installation folder

6. Click Install

pre-installation summary

7. Allow the program to install

Note: The progress bar

installation in progress

8. Once installed, make sure the "SPSS Authorization Wizard" box is checked, then click Done

install complete

Note: The activator should start automatically after the installer finishes

Step 5: Activate the Software

1. Once the Authorization Wizard opens, click Next>

license status

2. Select "Authorized user license", then click Next>

product authorization

3. Enter the Authorization Code you obtained previously, then click Next>

enter codes

4. Once you receive "Successfully processed all codes", click Next>, then click Finished.

internet authorization status

SPSS Statistics is now Installed & Activated

Where is SPSS Statistics Located?

1. Open the Launchpad app (Looks like a rocket in a circle)

2. Find the "IBM (Other)" folder (It may be in the second page)

3. Open the folder to find "IBM SPSS Statistics"

launch pad
IBM folder
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The Student IT Help Desk and Student Genius Center can assist with:

  • Issues with obtaining the Authorization Code
  • Issues with installing SPSS Statistics
  • Issues with activating SPSS Statistics