Installing SAS University Edition on macOS


How do I install SAS University Edition on my Mac?


  • macOS 10.8+


Before starting this installation process, ensure that your Mac has the following system requirements: macOS 10.8 or later, 64-bit hardware with a minimum of 1GB of ram, access to one of these three browsers: Apple Safari 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 21 or later, Google Chrome 27 or later. 
In order to install and use SAS University Edition, users will need to download and configure virtualization software on their computer. To accomplish this process please follow the steps below. SAS recommends Oracle VirtualBox as a free virtualization option. 

Installing and Configuring the Software

  1. Download VirtualBox here.
  2. Click OS X hosts to download the VirtualBox installation file. 
  3. When the download is complete, open the downloaded .dmg file to begin installation. 
  4. When the VirtualBox setup window appears, double-click on the icon labeled VirtualBox.pkg to start the installation. 
  5. Go through the steps of the installer. 
    Note: If the installer reports a failure, you may be asked to allow the program to open through System Preferences. Open System Preferences, go to Security & Privacy, select the general tab, and then click Open anyway. Close the installer and return to step 4 to proceed. 
    Note: If the above steps do not work, there could be a problem with a kernel extension. Please follow these steps:
    1. Reboot the computer into recovery mod by pressing and holding Command + R during reboot. 
    2. Launch the terminal from recovery mode by selecting Terminal from the top Utilities menu. 
    3. Enter the following string: spctl kext-consent add VB5E2TV963
    4. Press Enter
    5. Reboot the machine and start again from step 4 above
  6. If prompted to move the Oracle VM VirtualBox Installer to the trash, select Keep
  7. In the VirtualBox setup window, double-click the Applications folder to open it. 
  8. Double-click the VirtualBox icon to open the software.
    Note: Once VirtualBox is installed, create a folder on your Mac where SAS can store files.
    1. Create a folder named SASUniversityEdition and place it somewhere on your computer where you will be able to easily access it. 
    2. Inside the folder you just created, create another folder and name it precisely the following with no spaces: myfolders
  9. Download the SAS University Edition vApp at this link.
  10. Follow the steps on the page to create a SAS profile, or log into your profile if you already have one. 
  11. After you've signed into your profile, accept the license agreement terms and conditions. 
  12. On the order summary page, click the Download link and the download will begin. 
    Note: If the browser asks to save or run the file, select Save. Remember where you have saved this file. 
  13. Launch the VirtualBox software. 
  14. Click File
  15. Select Import Appliance
  16. In the Appliance to Import pane, click the folder icon to the right of the field. 
  17. Browse to and select the file you just downloaded and saved. It should be a .ova file. 
  18. Click Open
  19. Click Continue
  20. In the Appliance Settings window, click Import
  21. In VirtualBox, select the SAS University Edition vAPP
  22. Select Machine
  23. Select Settings
  24. Click Shared Folders
  25. Click the Add Folder icon. 
  26. In the Add Share window, select Other as the folder page. 
  27. Browse to the SASUniversityEdition folder that you created earlier and select the myfolders folder that you created. 
  28. Click Open
  29. In the Add Share window, confirm that Read-only is not selected
  30. Select the Auto-mount and Make Permanent (if available) options, and click OK
  31. Click OK again to close the Settings Window. 

Launching and Using the Software

  1. In VirtualBox, select the SAS University Edition vApp
  2. Select Machine
  3. Select Start
    Note: It may take a few minutes for the virtual machine to start depending on your computer's speed.
    Note: When the virtual machine is running, the screen with the SAS logo is replaced with a black console screen (called the Welcome window). You can minimize this window, but do not close the Welcome window until you are ready to end your SAS session.
  4. In a web browser on your computer that meets the requirements listed at the top of this article, enter in the following URL: http://localhost:10080
  5. Press Enter.
  6. From the SAS University Edition: Information Center, click Start SAS Studio.


Article ID: 3511
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