Mathematical and Statistical Application – Mathematica


Mathematica provides a fully integrated environment for technical computing. The usage of Mathematica is not only in the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics but also in the social science and commerce. It is also an important tool in computer science and software development. An overview of Mathematica’s key features is presented in the Tour of Features web pages by Wolfram Research.

You can choose to either install Mathematica locally in your personal computer or invoke it from a Research Computing Server.


Default Version: 9.0
Installed Version(s): 7.0, 8.0, 9.0
Research Computing Servers: Kure, Killdevil (7.0,8.0,9.0)


You can install Mathematica locally in your computer. Mathematica is available to faculty, staff and students for various operating systems through UNC Software Acquisition Office. Please visit their webpage for more information.

The license of Mathematica is renewed annually. The terms of our license allow Mathematica to be installed and run on University-owned machines or on personal computers. For Windows-based PCs and Macs, licensing requires that you enter a license password each year. For Unix servers and workstations on campus, licensing is made easier by use of the 3 license servers maintained by Research Computing,,,

For details regarding licenses and installation issues, proceed to the following links for the appropriate documentations. You can also refer to the packet that comes with your Mathematica installation media from UNC Software Acquisitions Office. The license ID number is provided with the Mathematica software.

Setting up the environment and invoking from a Research Computing Server

Mathematica is available for use on the Research Computing servers Kure and Killdevil. The following documents provide instructions for invoking Mathematica and other high performance computing software. These documents include both general instructions common to all applications, and specific instructions for each application.

Manual and documentations


  • The Mathematica Tutorial online documentation written by the Research Computing group can help you start learning Mathematica. It contains a number of examples.
  • The Hands-On Start to Mathematica is a screencast provided by Wolfram Research that introduces new users to Mathematica so that they can use and understand Mathematica quickly and move on to more complicated problems.


Please read Mathematica Common FAQs regarding the following questions:

  • What do I do if I get a “font error” message when trying to invoke Mathematica using a X-Windows client?
  • What kind of Mathematica program file do I need if I want to submit a batch job?

Useful links

Additional help