Mathematica license

You’re probably familiar with this message telling you that the license will expire, e.g. on July 14, 2019. The past few years you just had to go to Distrilog, get the new license key and put it in the software.

But Wolfram decided to change the way they handle Mathematica licenses. We were using a common license for the whole campus and now everyone needs to get his/her own license. Unlike for MATLAB we cannot change from one type of license to another. Such change of license implies the reinstallation of Mathematica.

To get a personal license, you need to go to Distrilog and order Mathematica for your computer.

For the non-French speakers, here are the steps to do it:

  1. Click on Rechercher un logiciel (Search for a software)
  2. Type “mathematica” in the search box then click on the RECHERCHER… button.
  3. Choose the version for your OS.
  4. Click the button in the yellow box to read and approve the terms of use for Mathematica.
  5. Click on Ajouter au caddie… (Add to basket).
  6. Click on Commander (Order).
  7. Fill the fields Nom courant (computer name) and N° d’inventaire (Inventory number) if your computer is not already listed.
  8. Click on Etape suivante (Next step).
  9. Click on Enregister la commande (Save order). Note that the price doesn’t mean anything. The price system is fictive, its goal is to make people aware that software on Distrilog is not free for the school.

Once it is ordered on Distrilog, you will find  in the Détail… section (Details) a PDF document that explains how to get a license from Wolfram.

Follow the instructions to get a license key and to download the new software.

Warning: confirm your email address before requesting a new license key, otherwise you won’t be able to reach the download page. If it happens, you’ll need to make sure your email address is confirmed then request another key.

The new license will be prompted during the installation.

At first you will see another message about your license expiring. It is normal because the first key you get is valid for 30 days only. Once the request is fully approved by EPFL (which can take a couple days), you should not see the message anymore.

If you’re using Linux and don’t have admin rights, please send an email to Aubry and include your computer name as well as the path of your downloaded version of Mathematica. He will then perform the installation remotely.