How to Install SPSS (MacOS)

Installing SPSS for home use (MacOS)

  • This will download a .zip file, containing the installer for SPSS. Wait for this to finish downloading.  Once it has download, locate the file in your downloads folder in Finder

  • Right click on file and choose Open With and then Archive Utility (default). This will un-zip the file and provide you with the .dmg installer

  • Once unzipped, locate SPSS 26.0 MAC.dmg. It should be in the same location that the .zip file was located.  Double click the .dmg file to launch

  • Once the installer has launched, click on SPSS_Statistics_Installer

  • Navigate through the installer, accepting the terms and the default options for the installer
  • Once the installer has finished, the SPSS Activation Wizard should pop up. The first screen will say “No licenses found for IBM SPSS Statistics 26”. This is normal for the first time, simply click the next button at the bottom

  • Choose Authorized user license and click the next button at the bottom

  • Open up your Web Browser and navigate back to the software downloads page. Under the SPSS section, click on View Software Key (Login Required).  If prompted for login, please use your My Roanoke username and password

  • Once logged in, you will see a long Activation Key. Please copy this key
  • Once the key has been copied, go back the SPSS Activation Wizard and paste the key in the empty box. Then click the next button at the bottom

  • You should now see Authorization succeeded message in Green.  Click the next button at the bottom

  • Then click the Finish Button at the bottom

  • SPSS 26 is now installed and activated. You can find the software in your Applications folder or by doing a spotlight search for SPSS

If you are having any issues with this installation or activation process, please contact the Helpdesk at 540-375-2225 or