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2 Ways To Get Minitab On Mac

Minitab is one of the best statistical software out there but unfortunately Minitab for Mac does not exist. However don’t panic as here we show you two ways to get Minitab running on your Mac.

1. Use Minitab Express for Mac

Minitab Express for Mac is a lite version of Minitab that you can download for macOS and offers much of the functionality and features of Minitab.

Minitab Express is designed for introductory statistical courses but features things such as Probability Distributions, Summary Statistics, Hypothesis Tests, Resampling, Regression, ANOVA, Time Series and Control Charts.

minitab for mac - minitab express

There are however several features missing compared to the full version of Minitab such as ANOVA with > 2 factors, Nonlinear regression, design of experiments, Gage R$R etc. You can see a full comparison table of Minitab vs Minitab Express here.

Another important difference to be aware of is that Minitab Express is only available on a subscription basis of $49.99 per year or $29.99 per six months. There’s no standalone version like with the full version of Minitab.

In addition, Minitab Express is only available to educational institutions and students. If you’re not an educator or student, you’ll have to run Windows on your Mac and install Minitab instead (see method 2 below).

You can watch a quick overview of Minitab Express here:

2. Run Windows on Mac

If using Minitab Express is not an option for you, the good news is that you can run the Windows version of Minitab on a Mac by using Parallels.

Parallels allows you to run Windows on Mac so that can conveniently switch between Windows only apps such as Minitab and your Mac applications at any time.

Even better until May 31st 2019 you can get 10% off Parallels with Coupon Code: PRLS10.

The cool thing is that it doesn’t cost anything to use Windows 10 on Mac anymore either. Microsoft no longer requires you to purchase Windows 10 in order to use it.

You can simply download and use a free version of Windows that doesn’t require activation.

minitab in parallels

Alternatively, you can also run Windows on Mac using Boot Camp but the disadvantage of Boot Camp over Parallels is that you can only boot your Mac in either macOS or Windows. Parallels allows you to run Windows and macOS at the same time which is far more convenient.

If you choose to install Windows on your Mac to run Minitab, be aware that a Minitab license costs a lot more than Minitab Express. Minitab currently costs $1495 for a single user license although there are discounts for bulk purchases. Upgrades to Minitab currently cost $840.

If you have any problems using Minitab on your Mac using either of these methods, let us know in the comments below.

If using either Parallels or Minitab Express is out of your budget, you may also be interested to check our guide to the best free statistical software for Mac.

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2 Responses

  1. MacHow2

    Hi there,
    I enjoyed your article and found it useful. However, after successfully installing both Parallels and MiniTab as trial versions and then opening MiniTab, I received a message stating that the trial version can’t operate/be used in a virtual environment. Do you know of any way around that?

    • MacHow2

      That’s strange because Minitab themselves provide instructions on how to install Minitab in a virtual machine. You should contact their support to see what the problem is and let us know!


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