System Requirements

Cross-platform computing power

Mathematica is optimized for the latest operating systems and hardware, so you can use any system you want.

Hardware Specifications
  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 gHz or equivalent
  • Disk Space: 5.5 GB
  • System Memory (RAM): 2 GB+ recommended
  • Internet Access: Required in order to use free-form linguistic input and computable data functionality.

To use Mathematica's built-in GPU computing capabilities, you'll need a dual-precision graphics card that supports OpenCL or CUDA, such as many cards from NVIDIA, AMD, and others.

Mathematica 9 is available on the following platforms:

  Microsoft Windows       Apple Mac       Linux

Microsoft Windows



Windows 8.1
Currently not supported on 32-bit systems.
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP*
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 supports 64-bit systems only.
Windows HPC Server 2008
Windows HPC Server 2008 supports 64-bit systems only.
Windows Server 2008

*Windows XP requires Service Pack 3 or later.

Apple Mac


Mac OS X 10.9 Intel
Mac OS X 10.8 Intel
Mac OS X 10.7 Intel
Mac OS X 10.6 Intel

Mac users on Intel systems with Mac OS X 10.6 or later require Java SE 6 to run the latest version of Mathematica. Mathematica 9 will run on 64-bit Intel Macs only.




Ubuntu 7-12
RHEL 5, 6
CentOS 5, 6
Debian 5, 6
openSUSE 11, 12
Fedora 9-17

Mathematica 9 has been fully tested on the Linux distributions listed above. On new Linux distributions, additional compatibility libraries may need to be installed. It is likely that Mathematica will run successfully on other distributions based on the Linux kernel 2.6 or later.

Mathematica supports an X Window System front end, and since Version 7 has used the Qt application framework for its user interface—the same used by the major Linux desktop environment KDE. Regular tests are run on both enterprise and popular open-source Linux distributions.

Additional Notes:
For assistance migrating your Mathematica installation to a new computer, contact customer service»
To use the new C compilation feature in Mathematica 9, a C compiler is required to be present.
For system requirements for Mathematica 8, go to the Wolfram Product System Requirements page.

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