System Requirements – Mathematica 9

Cross-platform computing power

Mathematica is optimized for the latest operating systems and hardware, so you can use any system you want.

Hardware Specifications

  1. Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 gHz or equivalent
  2. Disk Space: 5.5 GB
  3. System Memory (RAM): 2 GB+ recommended
  4. Internet Access: Required in order to use free-form linguistic input and computable data functionality.

To use Mathematica‘s built-in GPU computing capabilities, you’ll need a dual-precision graphics card that supports OpenCL or CUDA, such as many cards from NVIDIA, AMD, and others.

Mathematica 9 is available on the following platforms:

Microsoft Windows



Operating System 32-bit 64-bit
Microsoft Windows
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP*
Windows Server 2012
Windows HPC Server 2008
Windows Server 2008
*Windows XP requires Service Pack 3 or later.
X Currently not supported on 32-bit systems.
Operating System 64-bit
Apple Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.9 Intel
Mac OS X 10.8 Intel
Mac OS X 10.7 Intel
Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Mac users on Intel systems with Mac OS X 10.6 or later require Java SE 6 to run the latest version of Mathematica. Mathematica 9 will run on 64-bit Intel Macs only.
Operating System 32-bit 64-bit
Ubuntu 7-12
RHEL 5, 6
CentOS 5, 6
Debian 5, 6
openSUSE 11, 12
Fedora 9-17
Mathematica 9 has been fully tested on the Linux distributions listed above. On new Linux distributions, additional compatibility libraries may need to be installed. It is likely that Mathematica will run successfully on other distributions based on the Linux kernel 2.6 or later.
Mathematica supports an X Window System front end, and since Version 7 has used the Qt application framework for its user interface—the same used by the major Linux desktop environment KDE. Regular tests are run on both enterprise and popular open-source Linux distributions