Install from Pre-built Binaries¶
Installation from a pre-built binary tarball is an easy and fast way to install Sage. Note that on GNU/Linux a preferred way is to use your package manager (e.g. apt, pacman, yum).
In all cases, we assume that you have a computer with at least 4 GB of free disk space.
Not sure what to download? Just follow these steps.
Determine your operating system (Windows, Linux or macOS).
According to your operating system, go to the appropriate Download section of the SageMath website.
Choose a download server (aka mirror) that is close to your location.
Download the binary that is appropriate to your system. Depending on your operating system you might need additional information such as your CPU type (e.g. 64 bits or 32 bits) and your operating system version. If you use macOS you will have the choice between a tarball (whose names ends with
tar.bz2) and two kinds of mountable disk images (whose names end with
.dmg). Except for Windows, the naming scheme of the files is always
Then choose the appropriate section below corresponding to your situation.
Make sure that you have an SSL library installed (OpenSSL recommended).
It is highly recommended that you have LaTeX installed. If you want to view animations, you should install either ImageMagick or ffmpeg. ImageMagick or dvipng is also used for displaying some LaTeX output in the notebooks.
Choose an appropriate directory where to install Sage. If you have
administrator rights on your computer a good choice is
otherwise it can be anywhere in your home directory. Avoid spaces and
Unicode characters in the path name.
Next, download the latest binary tarball available
(see “Download Guide” above). The tarball name should end
.tar.bz2. If you want to use the
.app.dmg for macOS switch to the next section.
Unpack the tarball where you intend to install Sage. This is done
from the command line using the
tar program. Next, to launch
Sage, go to the
SageMath directory and run the program that
./sage on the command line).
The first time you run Sage, you will see a message like
Rewriting paths for your new installation directory =================================================== This might take a few minutes but only has to be done once. patching ... (long list of files)
At this point, you can no longer move your Sage installation and expect Sage to function.
Once you are able to launch Sage you might want to create a shortcut
sage just works from the command line. To do so simply use
ln program from the command line:
$ sudo ln -s /path/to/SageMath/sage /usr/local/bin/sage
/path/to/SageMath/sage is the actual path to your SageMath
On macOS there are three possible binaries for each version. They can be recognized by their suffixes:
tar.bz2: a binary tarball
dmg: a compressed image of the binary
app.dmg: a compressed image of a full macOS application (with shortcuts)
This section explains how to install from
the installation of the binary tarball
tar.bz2 just follow the steps
of the Linux installation.
After downloading the file, double click on the dmg file to mount it which will
take some time. Then drag the folder
SageMath that just appeared to
/Applications/. If you did download the app, an icon should have appeared
on your desktop. Simply use it. In both situations you might want to have
shortcuts so that
sage in the console simply works out of the box. For
that purpose, follows the steps at the end of the section “Linux”.
Microsoft Windows (Cygwin)¶
SageMath on Windows requires a 64-bit Windows (which is likely to be the case on a modern computer). If you happen to have a 32-bit Windows, you can consider the alternatives mentioned at the end of Welcome to the SageMath Installation Guide.
To install SageMath on Windows, just download the installer (see the above “Download Guide” section) and run it.