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What are Mathematica 8 system requirements?

Hardware Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 650 MHz or equivalent
  • Disk Space: 4 GB
  • System Memory (RAM): 512 MB required; 1 GB+ recommended
  • Internet Access: Required in order to use free-form linguistic input and computable data functionality
  • GPU: To use Mathematica 8’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 8 is available on the following platforms:

Windows Mac Linux

Mathematica 8 runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems where available.


  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later)
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Window Compute Cluster Server 2003


  • Mac OS X 10.8 Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Intel

Mathematica 8 is not supported on Mac PowerPC.


  • Ubuntu 7-10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • CentOS 5
  • Debian 5
  • openSUSE 11

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.
Some installations may require the 32-bit compatibility library, lib32stdc++6.

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