Mathematica is a software package which can be used extensively for numerical applications, symbolic manipulation, data visualization and many other purposes. Some of its important features include:
  • Mathematics with symbolic manipulation, i.e. algebra, calculus and any other user-defined symbolic arithmetic.
  • Rich collection of special functions.
  • Toolboxes for special purpose applications.
  • Data visualization and function plotting in 2D and 3D.
  • Symbolic output in TeX/FORTRAN/C form.

In which systems is Mathematica available?

Mathematica is currently available on some machines in SERC
SERC holds the Campus-wide site license for Mathematica. Therefore, it may be installed in any machine connected to the IISc Campus LAN and running any of the standard (Unix, Windows) OS.

How to Install Mathematica on my department machine?

Installation Guide for Linux

Installation Guide for Windows

Installation Guide for Mac

Please note that the machine will be using Mathematica license servers at SERC during the whole Mathematica session.

Mathematica software can be invoked in all the  Sunlx ,  Hplx , Fedlx  and in  Ganga Machines which are placed in the 1st  floor bay area. Kindly click on the machines names to know the specification.

How to invoke Mathematica?

Type math from the command prompt to invoke the command-line version of Mathematica.
If you would like to use the GUI version of Mathematica (i.e. the Mathematica Notebook), run mathematica.

Path for mathematica-13.2 is


For C-shell:

set path=(/home/pkg/lic/mathematica-13.2/Executables $path)

For ksh or bash:

export PATH=/home/pkg/lic/mathematica-13.2/Executables:$PATH

Where do I get help?

Mathematica is an interactive package with on-line help. In fact the whole Mathematica book by Wolfram is available Online from help menu of Notebook interface.
You may visit Wolfram Research for other documentation, downloadable codes etc. Currently we are under Premiere Support Contract from Wolfram Research, therefore, you may forward your technical support queries through to Wolfram Research.
For further assistance, please contact by E-mail or phone (#119 within SERC).