This post will describe how to package and deploy Mathematica and an associated license to eligible clients via Munki. An easily modifiable script for building a license pkg can be found on my Github.

  • Mathematica_$VERSION.dmg
  • The license info for your organisations Mathematica setup.
Preparing Mathematica:
  • Mount the .dmg
hdiutil attach /path/to/Mathematica_$VERSION.dmg
  • The disk image for Mathematica 11 includes the .app bundle and an installer pkg for 'Mathematica Extras'. We'll import both separately.
  • Import the, creating a new .dmg:
munkiimport /Volumes/Mathematica/
  • Configure the pkginfo metadata to your requirements. In this case, we are using Mathematica11 for the name key. The installs array defaults should be sufficient.
Importing Mathematica Extras:
  • Import the package:
munkiimport /Volumes/Mathematica/Extras.pkg
  • Add the following key to the pkginfo file:
Package the license:
  • There's a few ways of configuring license settings with Munki (postinstall_script, built into a repackaged version of the application). However, my preference is, where appropriate, to build a package to deliver the license file or settings to a given client, and then use Munki's update_for functionality to deploy it. Building a package with a logical identifier and version makes it trivial to deploy changes to the license when needed.
  • In my organisation, I'm fortunate enough to only need to tell the Mathematica install which license server it needs to point at. Users are granted access in a server side config file, so we simply need to deploy a file containing the server name to the client, in a location that Mathematica knows about.
  • To start, make a working directory:
mkdir -p mathematica-license-pkg/Payload
cd mathematica-license-pkg
  • Copy or create the license file in the Payload directory:
cp /path/to/your/orgs/mathpass mathematica-license-pkg/Payload


echo "$YOUR_MATHEMATICA_LICENSE_SERVER" > mathematica-license-pkg/Payload/mathpass
  • Build the package. In this case, I'm using the year the package was built for the version, as this is relevant to the license setup in my organisation. Use a version appropriate to your needs:
pkgbuild --root Payload --install-location /Library/Mathematica/Licensing --version 2016 --identifier Your-Org-Mathematica-license.pkg
  • Import the package:
munkiimport Your-Org-Mathematica-license.pkg
  • Configure the pkginfo as follows:
  • Run makecatalogs
  • Create a software manifest for Mathematica, in order that access to the application can be scoped to appropriate machines:
> add-pkg Mathematica11 --manifest $YOUR_MATHEMATICA_MANIFEST --section optional_installs
> exit
  • And you're done. You can now use this as an included_manifest to distribute the application your clients.