SPSS for Macintosh


SPSS is statistical analysis software and is controlled via a license manager.  Our license includes the SPSS Base Package, plus SPSS Advanced Statistics and Regression packages.  You must be on the campus network or VPN to use the network license.  The current release is 27, which runs on Mac OSX 10.13 and newer. Older versions are available at rcweb.dartmouth.edu/downloads/spss/.

If you currently have SPSS 26 or earlier installed and plan to upgrade your Mac to Big Sur (MacOS 11.x), you should install SPSS 27 as below, or SPSS to be Big Sur compatible.  The updated SPSS 26 is available at https://rcweb.dartmouth.edu/downloads/spss/SPSS-26/Mac/

  1. Using a web browser, please go to the following URL:
  2.  Locate the file you just downloaded.
    • Control-click  IBM_SPSS_STATISTICS_CLIENT_27.0.1.pkg to start the installation, and select Open from the menu which appears.
    • Take all the default options offered.
    • The license configuration set up is the last step of the installer. Choose concurrent licensing, and use spsslicense.dartmouth.edu for the server. You can also explicitly run the SPSS License Wizard to do this
  3. Before starting the software, you need to connect to the Dartmouth network - use "eduroam" WiFi or wired network on-campus, or use VPN if you are off campus. 
  4. To run SPSS, you will find the SPSSStatistics program located in the Applications folder under IBM SPSS Statistics 26 -> SPSS Statistics.
  5. Please inform our SPSS license manager, Jianjun Hua, of the installation at jianjun.hua@dartmouth.edu

MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) and 11.0 (Big Sur) possible issues

With MacOS 10.15, Apple introduced tighter security.  Two features affect SPSS versions prior to 26.  SPSS 26 and later are already set to avoid these potential issues.

  • Applications may not use files in the special folders Documents, Downloads, or Desktop, or on externally connected drives, without explicit permission.  The workaround is to keep your SPSS programs and data in some other folder.  You can also select System Preferences: Security and Privacy: Privacy: Full Disk Access and add SPSSStatistics to the list of permitted apps.  The SPSS installers will eventually be modified to request this permission at install time.
  • The installer is delivered as a DMG file (mountable disk image) or a PKG (package installer).  These are now flagged as quarantined unless certified by Apple (like packages in the App Store).  Future SPSS installers will be certified.  If you get an error message that the installer cannot be verified or something similar, the fix is to manually remove the quarantine attribute from the DMG file.
  1. Start Terminal (found in Applications/Utilities)
  2. Type the xattr command as in the example below.  This assumes you downloaded the file to your Downloads folder.
  3. Press return.  Now you can mount the .dmg file and/or run the installer.
xattr -d com.apple.quarantine ~/Downloads/26.0-IM-S26STATC-Mac-FP002.pkg

For more details, see https://developer.ibm.com/predictiveanalytics/2019/10/08/spss-statistics-on-catalina-macos-10-15/

If you wish to license additional SPSS features, you may want to check out the premium pack  at https://www.studica.com/us/en/IBMSPSS/ibm-spss-statistics-premium-v25-faculty-pack/d0ewtll25.html. You can purchase this on your own, effectively purchasing a new license key that you will own for the 12 month term you purchase it.

For other questions about SPSS, contact jianjun.hua@dartmouth.edu


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