If you receive the message "Warning! You do not have the correct administrator privileges to license this product.", and you are logged into the machine with an account with Administrator rights, you will need to access the OS X Terminal to successfully authorize your product.


If you encounter this message, perform the following procedure:

  1. If open, close the IBM SPSS Statistics product.
  2. If open, close the License Authorization Wizard.
  3. Open Finder.
  4. Select the 'Go' menu.
  5. Select the 'Utilities' menu.
  6. Open the 'Terminal' program.
  7. Type (copy/paste) the following command:
    cd /Applications/IBM/SPSS/Statistics/
    *Note: there is a space between cd and /
    **If you installed in a custom location, you will need to point to the directory where the program is installed.
  8. Press Enter/Return.
  9. Type (copy/paste) the following command:
    sudo chown -R root:admin 25
  10. Press Enter/Return.
  11. Close Terminal.
  12. Launch the License Authorization Wizard.
  13. The warning message should no longer appear.
  14. License your IBM SPSS Statistics product.
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October 11, 2017