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The site license covers the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses.  Mathematica passwords and activation keys will only be distributed to "" "" or "" email addresses.

UW Owned Computers:
Under this license currently registered UW students, faculty and staff are eligible to use Mathematica on University-owned equipment.  It is expected that all UW owned computers that normally stay on campus will utilize the Physics run License Server:   During activation you can enter the DNS name of our server "" and this will activate the software.   NOTE:  This should only be done for machines that will stay on campus.  If there are technical reasons why you can not utilize the campus license server please contact 

Student Personal Computers:
Currently enrolled students at the Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma campus may install Mathematica on their personally-owned computer for free.

Faculty, Staff Home use:
Through this license UW faculty and staff only are eligible to request a free Mathematica license for their personally-owned computer under the Home-use program. 


Currently FREE as of June 28th 2019.  Several dedicated departments and colleges pulled funds together to renew the campus-wide site license for Mathematica.  

Software Overview:

Mathematica is a general computing environment, organizing many algorithmic, visualization, and user interface capabilities within a document-like user interface paradigm.

Since version 1.0 in 1988, Mathematica has steadily expanded into more and more general computational capabilities. Besides addressing nearly every field of mathematics, it provides cross-platform support for a wide range of tasks such as giving computationally interactive presentations, a multifaceted language for data integration, graphics editing, and symbolic user interface construction.

This product is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/Unix.

See the vendor's web site for additional information.

Additional software:

Mathematica and webMathematica training
Visit Wolfram U for tutorials.

Mathematica Tutorial Collection
This collection documents the features and capabilities of Mathematica, from graphics to data analysis to programming, and can be viewed online, downloaded as a PDF, or ordered in print.

Mathematica can be installed on:

    • Campus machines

      Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.

      1. NOTE:  Use your UW email address ("" "" or "").
      2. Go to and "Login" or "Create Account" with your UW Email Address
      3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
      4. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key [Choose the product: Mathematica for Sites(Single Machine)]
      5. Click on the Product you want to Download 
      6. Click "Get Downloads"
      7. Select the Version and OS and download the software.
      8. After downloading Install the software
      9. When asked to Activate via License Server type ""
      10. If NOT asked to enter server name, choose "Other Ways to actiavte" and choose "Connect to Network License Server"
      1. Silent Install Instructions
    • Faculty and staff personally owned machines

    • NOTE:  You must use your  UW email address ("" "" or "").
    • Mac users - Some users experience problems with FORM below when using Safari browser.  If you encounter an issue try a different browser.
    • Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.

    • Wolfram has to manually verify your information and this can take a couple of business days.  
    • Student personally owned machines

      Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.

      1. Create an account (New users only):
        1. Go to and click "Create Account"
        2. Fill out form using a UW email address ("" "" or "" )  as your  Wolfram ID.
        3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
      2. Request the download and key:
        1. Mac users - Some users experience problems with FORM below when using Safari browser.  If you encounter an issue try a different browser. 
        2. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
        3. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
        4. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
        5. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

Are you interested in installing Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Paul Fish at Wolfram Research know.

Technical Support:

Mathematica Web Support

If you did NOT receive (or lost) your RENEWAL Email, you can call Customer Support:  1-800-WOLFRAM  (Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm US Central Time )

Sales Rep -  Paul Fish at Wolfram Research

Email Support - Mon-Fri (8am - 5pm) 

Mathematica Tutorials

The first three tutorials are excellent for new users, and can be assigned to students as homework to learn Mathematica outside of class time.

    • Hands-on Start to Mathematica (videos)

      Follow along in Mathematica as you watch this multi-part screencast that teaches you the basics—how to create your first notebook, calculations, visualizations, interactive examples, and more.

    • What's New in Mathematica 12

      Provides a list of new functionality in Mathematica 12, and links to documentation and examples for these new features—including 3D printing, audio processing, machine learning and neural networks, and text and language processing.

    • How To Topics

      Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information.

Teaching with Mathematica

Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

Resources for educators

    • Mathematica for Teaching and Education—Free video course

      Learn how to make your classroom dynamic with interactive models, explore computation and visualization capabilities in Mathematica that make it useful for teaching practically any subject at any level, and get best-practice suggestions for course integration.

    • How To Create a Lecture Slideshow—Video tutorial

      Learn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.

    • Wolfram Demonstrations Project

      Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.

Research with Mathematica

Rather than requiring different toolkits for different jobs, Mathematica integrates the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities, and a powerful visualization engine in one coherent system, making it ideal for academic research in just about any discipline.

Resources for researchers

    • Mathematica for University Research—Free video course

      Explore Mathematica's high-level and multi-paradigm programming language, support for parallel computing and GPU architectures, built-in functionality for specialized application areas, and multiple publishing and deployment options for sharing your work.

    • Wolfram Language Training Courses—Free video courses

      Explore what's possible with the Wolfram Language, including programming fundamentals and concepts, built-in functions, symbolic expressions, and tips for better, faster coding.