Hardware Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or equivalent
  • Disk Space: 5.5 GB
  • System Memory (RAM): 2 GB+ recommended
  • Internet Access: Required in order to use free-form linguistic input and computable data functionality
  • GPU: To use Mathematica 9′s built-in GPU computing capabilities, you’ll need a graphics card that supports OpenCL or CUDA, such as many cards from NVIDIA, AMD, and others.

Mathematica 9 is available on the following platforms:

Windows Mac Linux

Mathematica 9 runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems where available.


  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later)
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008


  • 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.


  • Ubuntu 7-12
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 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.

Additional Notes:
To use the new C compilation feature in Mathematica 9, a C compiler is required to be present.