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If you have requested and received approval for SPSS 26, you can install the software via Software Center (Windows) or Self-Service (Mac).

If you need access to SPSS and haven’t received approval, open a ticket with EdIT.

Setup consists of two steps:

  • Installation – Fully automated for SOE-owned computers via the methods listed above.
  • Licensing – On first launch, you will be prompted to enter the authorization code (provided by EdIT)



Installation Steps


  1. Click on the search bar and type Software to bring up Software Center. Launch Software Center.
  2. SPSS may appear in the new section at the top of the window. If not, search for SPSS and click the icon.
  3. Click Install and wait for the installation to complete.
  4. Several windows will appear during installation, such as the one pictured below. Do not interact with the windows*; they will all disappear once installation is complete.
    *If you accidentally click on the window shown below, it will pause installation. In this case, simply press enter/return and installation will resume.


  1. Now that Installation is complete, click the search bar and type SPSS. Locate IBM SPSS Statistics 26 License Authorization Wizard in the search results and open the application.
  2. The authorization status window will appear. Click Nextto proceed.
  3. Select Authorized User License, then click Next.
  4. Enter your 20-character activation code, which was emailed to you by EdIT, then click Next.
  5. A successful activation results in a screen as shown below, with green text. If you see red text or have another problem, open a ticket with EdIT. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish to close the window.
  7. You can now launch SPSS Statistics. Click on the search bar and search again for SPSS. Several results may appear; be sure to choose IBM SPSS Statistics (with no other terms) in order to launch the application.

Your copy of SPSS 26 is now fully licensed and ready to use.


  1. Open the Self Service application by clicking the icon in your dock, or by opening a Finder window and clicking on the Applications folder.
  2. Locate the Featured tab, then click Install under the SPSS 26 icon.
    Note: If you have a previous version of SPSS installed, it will be removed. Only the application will be removed, not your data.
  3. You’ll be presented with a notification that explains that you must activate the software after installing. Click Install to acknowledge and proceed with the installation.
  4. Allow the installation to proceed. You’ll see several icons appear and disappear in your dock. When installation is complete, the screen will flash briefly as the icon for SPSS 26 is added to your dock.

    Note: If you previously had a version of SPSS other than 25 installed, you may have an additional dock icon that turns to a question mark after clicking it. If this happens, simply remove the old icon from your dock.


  1. After licensing, the Activation Wizard will appear automatically*.

    *If you cancelled licensing and need to resume, navigate to Applications > IBM > SPSS > Statistics > 26 and open the app called SPSS Statistics License Authorization Wizard. The License Status window will appear. Click Next.
  2. On the next screen, select Authorized User License, then click Next.
  3. Enter your 20-character activation code, which was emailed to you by EdIT, then click Next.
  4. You should now see a status screen with a green Authorization Succeeded message. If you get a message that authorization has failed, open a ticket with EdIT. Click Next.
  5. You’ll see one further status menu telling you that your license effective the next time you start SPSS. Click Finish.
  6. You can now launch SPSS Statistics.You should see a window like this one after launch. If you see the License Activation Wizard from the earlier steps again, open a ticket with EdIT.

Your copy of SPSS 26 is now fully licensed and ready to use.