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Setup Instructions for Mathematica


Your computer meet the following requirements to use the networked version of Mathematica:

You must have a properly configured campus network connection to your computer. Office and classroom Ethernet connections along with residence hall ResNet connections meet this requirement. If you are using the UNH wireless network or are off-campus, you must connect via the UNH network VPN. Off-campus connections also require a suitably fast Internet connection such as DSL or cable modem. If you have questions about network connections, please contact the IT Help Desk at 862-4242.

Installation Instructions

The UNIX version must be installed on your local workstation. It will, however, connect to a central server for licensing.

  1. Connect to the repository for the installation files from Box at This folder is accessible to all UNH account holders, but you may have to login with your UNH username and password to gain access.
  2. Open the folder for the Mathematica software.
  3. Open the Mathematica 12.1 - Linux folder.
  4. Download the installation archive, titled Mathematica_12.1.0_LINUX.iso.
  5. cd to the directory where you downloaded the Mathematicia installation files
    cd downloads
    (as an example)
  6. Mount the installer - you may need to do this as root
    mount -o loop Mathematica_12.1.0_LINUX.iso /mnt
    cd /mnt/Unix/Installer
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  8. When finished, the installer should report "installation complete"

Starting Mathematica for the First Time

The first time you run Mathematica, you will need to activate your installation. Note: if you activate Mathematica as the "root" user, the activation will apply to all users on that system. If you activate Mathmatica as any other user, the activation will only apply to that one user and other users will also need to activate it.

To activate your copy of Mathematica:

  1. Start Mathematica:
  2. When prompted to Activate Mathematica, select "Other ways to activate"
  3. Select "Connect to a network license server"
  4. Enter "" (without quotes) in the Server Name field.
  5. Click "Activate"
  6. When prompted, read and accept the terms of the license agreement.

Assistance Using Mathematica

If you require assistance using Mathematica, you can get help from the following: