Trial frequently asked questions

How long does the trial last? Can I extend it?

The free trial lasts for 30 days and begins immediately after you register. You are allowed to have a free trial only once per year (365 days).

What features are included in the trial?

The free trial includes all features and functionality of IBM® SPSS® Statistics Subscription. This includes the Base Edition plus all add-on capabilities.

When does the trial begin?

The free trial begins immediately after you register. Download and install the software as soon as you register to be sure you have enough time to complete your evaluation.

What operating systems does the trial support?

The free trial supports 64-bit Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. It is not hosted in the cloud.

Does the trial require internet access?

Yes, the free trial always requires internet connectivity. The application will prompt you to enter your IBMid in order to access it. Your IBMid is the email and password you created when you signed up for the trial software.

I have issues downloading and installing the trial. Where do I go for help?

IBM has a troubleshooting guide that describes the most common issues you might encounter when downloading, installing or using the SPSS Statistics free trial. Visit the troubleshooting guide to learn more.

Where can I ask questions about my SPSS Statistics trial?

Unlike our paid Subscription plans, the free trial does not come with technical support. Review our support forum where you can post your questions and get answers from the user community.

After my free trial has ended, do I need to re-install the software if I purchase a Subscription Plan?

No, you do not need to download again or re-install the software. The software you downloaded for the trial will automatically become your subscription application.  Use your IBMid to activate the software after making your Subscription purchase.

After my free trial has ended, do I need to re-install the software if I purchase a Term or Perpetual license?

No, you do not need to download again or re-install the software. You will need to apply an authorization code to license the software. If you do not have that authorization code, visit the SPSS License Key Center (link resides outside IBM).

Pricing and purchasing frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of a Subscription plan?

A Subscription plan has simpler packaging, flexible billing options, automatic software updates and user account management features. You have the option to purchase IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription with a credit card on the IBM Marketplace.

How are Fixed Term/Perpetual licenses different from a Subscription plan?

Fixed Term and Perpetual licenses are the traditional way to purchase SPSS Statistics through an IBM seller or IBM Business Partner. Software authorization codes are required and software updates are manually downloaded from Passport Advantage or Fix Central.

How can I find out what module comes with what edition?

For the Perpetual licenses, check out this data sheet (PDF, 530 KB) for a list of features included within each edition. For Subscription plans, read this data sheet (PDF, 525 KB).

What are the software requirements for a Subscription plan?

Subscription licenses are compatible with Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows. For specific operating system requirements, please view detailed subscription requirements.

How do I renew my Fixed Term or Perpetual license?

To renew your Fixed Term or Perpetual license, contact an IBM seller or IBM Business Partner.

How do I reactivate my Subscription?

You can reactivate by purchasing a new Subscription plan through My IBM. You do not need to reinstall the application. Once your plan has been purchased, simply log in to the software with your IBMid.

How can I check the status of my Subscription?

To check the status of your Subscription, log in to your My IBM account.

How do I buy a Subscription for a single month?

Subscription plans renew automatically each month. You can stop this by logging in to your My IBM account. Find the SPSS Statistics Subscription tile and click “Manage.”  Next, click the “Cancel plan” link in the Overview section.

For more Pricing FAQs, visit the pricing page.

Support and security frequently asked questions

How do I get support for SPSS Statistics? (all versions)

On the IBM SPSS Statistics Support page, you will find support information related to downloading software, opening support tickets, obtaining software authorization codes, and much more.

Do I need an authorization code or license key for my Subscription application?

The Subscription application does not require authorization codes. Use your IBMid to activate the software.

Where do I get an authorization code for my Fixed Term or Perpetual software license?

To obtain your authorization code, visit the SPSS License Key Center (link resides outside IBM). If you need help obtaining an authorization code, open Support Case.


Do I have to be online to use my Subscription application?

The SPSS Statistics paid Subscription plan can be used offline, but it requires a user to authenticate their license at least once every two weeks. After 14 days of offline access, the application will stop functioning until an internet connection is established and you log in with your IBMid. A working internet connection is required for this step. We recommend that you download the free trial subscription to ensure compatibility prior to making purchase.

Will my data be stored in the cloud?

When you purchase SPSS Statistics Subscription, the only information in the cloud is information required to manage your subscription account. All functions and data processed within the application are run on your machine and not in the cloud.