Installation of Mathematica 13.1 for Mac

1. To download Mathematica 12.3, go to the Mathematica download service and click on the appropriate link for your user type.


2. If you do not have an account, now is the time to create one:

  1. Go to and click “Create Account.”
  2. Fill out form using an email and click “Create Wolfram ID.”
  3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

3. Request the download and Activation key:

  1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key.
  2. Click the “My Products and Services” tab to access your license.
  3. Click “Get Downloads”

Wolfram User Portal main page

4. Click on macOS.

5. Click Start Download. Mathematica Documentation will be the first download.

Download File Information

6. This will download a file based on your platform. Double-click on the file when you are ready to install.

Finder window of Downloads

NOTE:  You will need an activation key. Activation Key can be found under Activation Keys on the Wolfram website.

Activation Keys

7. After the download is complete, double-click the icon (shown below) to start the download.

Double click to start download         

8. Click Next.

 Download manager

9. Let Mathematica download.

Download Manager

10. Click Launch.

Download manager launch

11. Click Continue to Install the Mathematica Documentation.

Documentation Installer

12. Click Install.

Documentation Installer

13. Program will begin to install.

Documentation Installer


14.  Click Close

Documentation Installer close

15. To install the Mathematica software, drag the Mathematica icon to the Applications folder.

Mathematica program installer

16.  Open Mathematica. Click Help in the Mathematica Menu. 

Mathematica program license activation


17. Type in the Activation Key from your User Portal download page and click Activate.

Activation Key

If the correct Activation Key was entered, a message of "Activation successful!" will appear. If not, then you need to double check your activation key in the Mathematica User Portal.

Activation Key location


 Any issues with utilizing the software will need to be addressed by your instructor or by contacting Wolfram Mathematica Tech Support at 1-800-WOLFRAM 8am–5pm US Central Time or by Online Support.


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