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 26, which runs on Mac OSX 10.11 and newer. Older versions are available at rcweb.dartmouth.edu/downloads/spss/

  1. Using a web browser, please go to the following URL:
  2.  Locate the file you just downloaded. Double-click IBM_SPSS_STATISTICS_CLIENT_26.0_M.dmg
    • Double-click SPSS_Statistics_Installer to start the installation.
    • 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 -> SPSSStatistics.
  5. Please inform our SPSS license manager, Jianjun Hua, of the installation at jianjun.hua@dartmouth.edu

MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) possible issues

With MacOS 10.15, Apple introduced tighter security.  Two features affect SPSS versions prior to 26.  SPSS 26 is 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).  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 below, or cut and paste.  This assumes you downloaded the file to your Downloads folder.
  3. Press return.  Now you can mount the .dmg file and run the installer.
xattr -d com.apple.quarantine ~/Downloads/IBM_SPSS_STATISTICS_CLIENT_26.0_M.dmg

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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