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The following instructions will allow students to install SPSS on their personally-owned computers at no charge. For help using SPSS, please work with your instructor, advisor, or supervisor.

  1. Log into the VPN (Instructions)

  2. Download the SPSS installer here

  3. Locate the file and double click on it.
    The IBM SPSS installer file

  4. Click on the Open button.


  5. Enter your computer's administrator credentials and click the Install Helper button.
    Mac OS dialog for user credentials

  6. Click on the Open button.
    Mac OS dialog to confirm allowing the file to run

  7. Choose your language and click on the OK button.
    Language selection dialog, with drop-down list of languages and Next button

  8. Click on the Next button.
    SPSS license agreement with Agree... and Next choices

  9. Click on the radio button next to I accept the terms in the license agreement and click the Next button.
    SPSS license agreement with Agree... and Next choices

  10. Click on the Next button.
    Choice to include Python or not, with Yes and Next choices

  11. Click on the Next button.
    SPSS license agreement with Agree... and Next choices

  12. Click on the Next button.
    SPSS license agreement with Agree... and Next choices

  13. Click on the Next button.
    Confirming location for the installation with Next choice

  14. Click the Install button.
    Final page of installation settings with Install choice

  15. Let the installation of SPSS finish.
    SPSS installation progress bar

  16. Verify that box next to Start SPSS Statistics 26 License Authorization Wizard now is checked and click Done.
    Installation complete window with check box to start the license wizard and Finish button

  17. Click on the Next button.
    Initial license status window, showing none, with Next button

  18. Verify that Concurrent user license is selected and click the Next button.
    License method choices, with Concurrent user license option and Next

  19. Enter spss-acad.itec.suny.edu as the License Manager name and click the Next button.
    License manager entry field, with Next choice

  20. SPSS is now licensed and ready to use.
    Final license page, showing active licensing for several SPSS modules

  21. Only if you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina, you also need to install a patch to allow SPSS to access files and run properly:
    1. Go to SPSS's FixPack information page and follow the link to the IBM Fix Central website
    2. Find the download called "fix pack: 26.0-IM-S26STATC-Mac-FP001" from the list (filtering to just show Mac OS X and Fix Packs may help)
    3. Click the link to download this file, choosing the method that uses "your web browser/HTTPS" (not Download Director or FTP)
    4. You will be prompted to create a free IBM account, or log in to one if you have one already
    5. Once you have downloaded the install file, run it and follow the prompts
    6. When the installer is finished, proceed with using SPSS