Download and installation instructions

Note: The following steps assume that you have already purchased IBM® SPSS® Statistics Subscription from the IBM Marketplace.

To download and install IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription, go to the IBM Marketplace and then:

  1. Sign in with your IBM account (also known as IBMid). You must register for an IBMid if you do not already have an active IBM account.
  2. After you log in, your account profile provides a Product and Services section that displays all of the IBM products and services to which your are entitled.
  3. Click Download next to IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription.
  4. On the Product and Services page, click the Download link underneath IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription.
  5. Click Save File if prompted.
  6. On Microsoft Windows machines, navigate to the save file location, right click the file, and select Run as administrator from the menu.

    On the Mac OS, you must double-click the installer file after you mount the disk image.

  7. Follow the installation steps (including accepting the license agreement) until the product installation is complete.
  8. IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription is now ready for use.
Note: After the product is installed, you are presented with options for activating the product with your IBMid (Login with IBMid) or with an authorization code through the License Authorization Wizard (Launch License Wizard). You must select the Login with IBMid option to register the subscription version of the product (which is activated differently than other licensed versions). For more information on the differences between the subscription and licensed versions, see Which IBM SPSS Statistics version is right for you?

Windows silent installation instructions

Pushing an installation is a method for remotely distributing software to any number of end users without any user intervention. You can push the full installation of IBM SPSS Statistics to the end-user desktop computers running Windows. The technology that you are using for pushing the installation must support the MSI 3.0 engine or higher.

Overwriting a previous version

If you are going to push to the same directory in which a previous version of IBM SPSS Statistics is installed, the installer will overwrite the existing SPSS Statistics installation.

Properties for silent installations

The following properties can be used for silent installations. All properties are case sensitive. Values must be quoted if they contain spaces.

Table 1. Properties for silent installations
Property Description Valid values Default (If Applicable)
INSTALLDIR The directory where IBM SPSS Statistics should be installed on the end user's desktop computer. This property is optional. If it is excluded, the default is C:\Program Files\IBM\SPSS\Statistics . A valid path such as C:\Statistics. C:\Program Files\IBM\SPSS\Statistics
PROXY_USERID The user ID for the proxy. This parameter is necessary when your site is using a proxy that requires a user ID and password to connect to the Internet. This parameter works only if the Local Area Network (LAN) settings in the Internet Settings control panel reference a specific proxy server address and port. A valid proxy user ID.  
PROXY_PASSWORD The password for the proxy user. Refer to the discussion of PROXY_USERID for more information. A password associated with the proxy user ID.  
ENABLE_CONNECTIONS Enables and disables Internet connectivity features (information sharing, error reporting, and welcome screen updates). YES or NO  

MSI files

The IBM SPSS Statistics.msi file is located under the Windows\SPSSStatistics\ directory in the extracted contents of the downloaded eImage.

Command line example

The following command line can be used to push a product installation. Enter all of the text on one line.

MsiExec.exe /i "IBM SPSS Statistics.msi" /qn /L*v logfile.txt
INSTALLDIR="C:\Statistics"

Using SMS to push the installation

The basic steps for using Systems Management Servers (SMS) to push IBM SPSS Statistics are:

  1. If you downloaded the software, you must first extract the contents of the eImage, then copy the appropriate subdirectory under the Windows\SPSSStatistics\ directory to a directory on a network computer.
  2. Edit the IBM SPSS Statistics.sms file located in the copied directory. Using a text editor, modify the value of CommandLine by adding the appropriate properties. For a list of the available properties, refer to the preceding Properties for silent installations section. Make sure to specify the correct MSI file in the command line.
  3. Create a package from the IBM SPSS Statistics.sms file and distribute the package to the end-user desktop machines.

Pushing the installation to a non-English system

You can push to a non-English system without additional specification. However, the installer language (if pushing an interactive installation) will appear in English, the user interface will appear in English, and the help will appear in English. Users can change the user interface language after installation, but localized help will not be available.

You can use the TRANSFORMS property to specify one of the MST files available in the downloaded eImage. The MST file will ensure the installer, user interface, and help appear in the specified language. MST files are not available if you downloaded IBM SPSS Statistics. Users will need to manually install the language packs for the localized help and manually change the user interface language in the product.

The TRANSFORMS property is a parameter for MsiExec.exe. The following example uses the TRANSFORMS property to push a French installation. The installer will appear in French, the user interface will appear in French, and French help will be installed. (You can also override the help language with the HELPCHOICE property. See the topic Properties for push installations for more information. ) Enter all of the text on one line.

MsiExec.exe /i "IBM SPSS Statistics.msi" /qn /L*v logfile.txt
INSTALLDIR="C:\Statistics" 

The following language MST files are located in the Windows\SPSSStatistics\ directory at the root of the extracted eImage files.

Table 2. Language MST Files
Language MST File
English 1033.mst
French 1036.mst
German 1031.mst
Italian 1040.mst
Japanese 1041.mst
Korean 1042.mst
Polish 1045.mst
Russian 1048.mst
Spanish 1034.mst
Simplified Chinese 2052.mst
Traditional Chinese 1028.mst

Pushing an uninstallation

Note: When you push the uninstall command, the end user loses customizations. If specific users require customizations, you can exclude those users from the distribution and ask them to install the product manually.

If you push an installation of a later version of IBM SPSS Statistics, you may want to uninstall first. You can do this silently by using the push_uninstall.bat file that is included in the extracted eImage files.

macOS silent installation instructions

A silent, unattended installation does not display a graphical interface and does not require any user intervention.

Use the following command to run a silent installation. On macOS you must run as root or with the sudo command.

sudo installer -pkg IBM\ SPSS\ Statistics.pkg -target /
Note: If you want to push a silent installation on MacOS with an activated license, you must write a script that executes the silent installation command and calls the licenseactivator tools after the installation completes. For example:
sudo installer -pkg IBM\ SPSS\ Statistics.pkg -target /
cd /Applications/IBM\ SPSS\ Statistics/Resources/Activation
Disabling Internet connectivity features
After installation, you can use the following command to disable Internet connectivity features (information sharing, error reporting, and welcome screen updates). The command must be run from the /Applications/IBM SPSS Statistics/Resources/Configuration directory (this is the default installation location):
./Configure NO

macOS uninstallation instructions

  1. Drag the installation folder (by default, /Applications/IBM SPSS Statistics) to the Trash.
  2. In the Home folder, browse to Library/Preferences.
  3. Drag com.ibm.spss.plist to the Trash. The file is also used by IBM SPSS Statistics on premises, IBM SPSS Statistics and the Student Version. Do not remove the file if any of these applications are still installed.
  4. In the Home folder, drag Library/Application Support/IBM/SPSS/Statistics to the Trash.
  5. Empty the Trash.