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How do I set up Wolfram Desktop on Linux?

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If your organization has enabled access to Wolfram products through single sign-on (SSO), see How do I activate a Wolfram product using single sign-on (SSO)?

To set up Wolfram Desktop on your Linux machine, you first need to download both the product and its documentation from your Wolfram Account, install both on your machine, then activate Wolfram Desktop or sign in using your organization’s credentials.


  • You may choose to install Wolfram Desktop without its documentation. Any documentation search in your Wolfram Desktop installation then redirects to the online Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center and requires an active internet connection.
  • The Wolfram Desktop installer for Linux is a bash script that is run in the Linux terminal. If you’re not familiar with the terminal, please read a brief guide on how to use the terminal. The setup is an easy-to-follow dialog. Please follow the corresponding instructions for installing from a downloaded script.

Downloading the Wolfram Desktop + Documentation Installers

  1. Quit any previous installations of Wolfram products running on your machine.
  2. Go to your Wolfram Account page.
  3. Navigate to the Products and Services tab. Select Wolfram|One.
  4. In the Desktop section, click the Download button under ‘Desktop app + local documentation’ to download the Wolfram Desktop installer. Wait for the download to finish.
    Alternatively, to install only the core product or the documentation, click See more download/language options and previous versions.

Installing the Documentation

  1. Open a terminal and change the directory to where the Documentation installer is located. For example, if the installer is located on your desktop, run:
     cd Desktop 
  2. Installing Wolfram Language Documentation under its default locations typically requires administrative privileges.
    Use the command sudo to run the installer script in that case. For example, if the installer is called “DocumentationInstaller.sh”, run:

    sudo bash DocumentationInstaller.sh

    sudo asks you to enter your password on the machine. After providing it, the installer starts.
    sudo can be omitted when installing to a location for which you have the necessary write permissions.

    The installer asks whether to proceed with the installation of the documentation as all users of the computer will be able to use it.

    WARNING: Wolfram Language 14.0 English Documentation is protected by copyright law and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution may result in severe civil and criminal penalties and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under law.
    All users of this computer will be able to use this software.
    Proceed with installation? (y/n)
  3. To install documentation, type “y”; otherwise, type “n”.
  4. Wait for the installation of the Wolfram Language Documentation to complete.

Installing Wolfram Desktop

  1. Start the downloaded Wolfram Desktop installer.

    sudo bash ProductInstaller.sh

    The installer prompts you to enter an installation directory.

    Enter the installation directory, or press ENTER
    to select /usr/local/Wolfram/WolframDesktop/14.0:
  2. Press Enter to install Wolfram Desktop to the default directory.

    Otherwise, type the full file path to your desired installation directory and press Enter.

    The installer prompts you where you want to place the executables.

    Type the directory path in which Wolfram Desktop
    script(s) will be created, or press ENTER to select
  3. Press Enter to place them in the default directory.

    Otherwise, if you want to place them elsewhere, type in the full file path and then press Enter.

    The installer then asks if you want to install wolframscript, an optional add-on to execute Wolfram Language code to be run from the command line or by using a script.

    WolframScript allows Wolfram Language code to be run from the command line and from self-executing script files. It is always available from /usr/local/Wolfram/WolframDesktop/14.0/Executables/wolframscript. WolframScript system integration makes the wolframscript binary accessible from any terminal, and allows .wls script files to be executed by double-clicking them in the file manager.
    Install WolframScript system integration? (y/n)
  4. To install wolframscript, type “y”; otherwise, type “n”.
  5. Wait for the installation to complete.
  6. Open Wolfram Desktop to start using it. The Wolfram Product Activation dialog appears.

  7. Click Continue and activate Wolfram Desktop using your Wolfram credentials or your organization’s single sign-on access.

Wolfram Desktop is now installed and activated.

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