If you are currently using Big Sur operating system (OS) on your Mac you may experience problems when trying to open or install SPSS.
If you have already SPSS installed and then upgraded your OS to Big Sur, SPSS will continue to work as normal.
To install a new version of SPSS while using Big Sur please follow the steps below.
Make sure that SPSS has been installed to the default directory which is
If you have installed SPSS to a different location please uninstall and then reinstall making sure to leave the directory set to the default of /Applications/IBM/SPSS/Statistics/26/
Then you will need to download a SPSS Fix file.
IBM SPSS Statistics 26 release is supported on Apple Macintosh OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite) through macOS 10.15.x. Guidelines for unattended/pushed installations for Macintosh-based clients: IBM SPSS Statistics 26 FixPack 1 for Mac OS X has a silent (push) installer. To install this FixPack on macOS systems, do the following. This will require the use of the command prompt (Windows) or terminal (Mac). It is recommended that you are relatively experienced with computers and using command lines. You can also visit the IBM SPSS Student Support Portal for help. IBM SPSS Activation Problem. Some users are unable to open their SPSS License Authorization Wizard. IBM SPSS Statistics 22 release is supported on Apple Macintosh OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) with Intel processor. IBM SPSS Statistics 22 is NOT supported for Apple Macintosh OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Please also note:IBM SPSS Statistics 22 was developed and released prior to Apple's release of OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
Once the file has downloaded right-click the .PKG file and select Open.
If you get an error message saying unable to install software from an unidentified developer there is guidance here - Open a Mac app from an unidentified developer
Once the installation has finished it will then open the License Authorization Wizard.
Ensure that you select Authorised User Licence and then enter the provided license key.
You can find the full steps for completing the License Authorization Wizard at How do I update my SPSS Licence?
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