Mathematica is a technical computing system, including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science and visualisation. It is available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux and as an online service.

Accessing Mathematica

Mathematica is available for UQ staff for teaching and research purposes. Students should use Alpha Pro. You can get access to the Mathematica network licence server through Microsoft Software Centre or Mac Self Service.

You can learn how to use Mathematica using Wolfram's tutorials and teaching courses.

Home use

You can use Mathematica at home if you are a UQ staff member and are using the software on a privately owned computer that is normally located at your primary place of residence. You cannot use Mathematica for commercial business ventures (including consulting for a company and creating your own business).

You can download the installer from UQ Software Licensing and will need to use VPN to connect to the Network Concurrent Licence.

Installing Mathematica on non-Linux machines

  1. Mount the CD and run the installer
  2. At the last step of the installation, select ‘Network licence’
  3. Enter the value ‘’

Installing Mathematica on Linux machines

You will need root access. The commands listed here may be different depending on your file structure.

  1. If your system is not set up to autorun CDs, manually mount the CD by typing mount -r -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom/media/cdrom
  2. Run the installer script by typing bash -c /media/cdrom/Unix/Installer/MathInstaller
  3. After installation, you may need to configure the Mathematica fonts into your X11 font server. Mathematica suggests the commands:
    xset fp+ /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/6.0/SystemFiles/Fonts/Type1
    xset fp rehash

Conditions of use

Mathematica is available for use at UQ for teaching and non-commercial research purposes. You can’t use Mathematica for commercial applications. You can read and download the Mathematica terms and conditions (PDF, 3MB) (UQ login required).

The School of Mathematics and Physics funds the UQ licence for Mathematica. Usage is monitored and the current funding arrangement will be reassessed regularly. Financial contributions from other areas of UQ may be required for future continued use. The licence period runs from 30 November 2016 to 29 November 2019.

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