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SAS University Edition For Mac OS X

Currently there is not a version of SAS available for the Mac OS X operating system.  However users can install VirtualBox on their mac.  VirtualBox will allow the user to run SAS inside a virtual machine and access SAS from Mac OS with the data and SAS programs in a folder on Mac. 


Download and Install VirtualBox

The VirtualBox Quick Start Guide available at: 

  1. Download VirtualBox:
    • Go to the Virtual box download page:
    • From the Virtual-5.xx platform packages select OS X Hosts.
    • If your browse asks to Open or Save the file select Save (for default download location) or Save As for a location of your choice
    • The file VirtualBox-5.x.y-zzz-OSX.dmg will begin downloading
  2. Locate the file VirtualBox-5.x.y-zzz-OSX.dmg
    • Double click the file to have its contents mounted
    • A screen will open prompting you to double click the VirtualBox.mpkg installer file
    • This will start the installation process.  Note:  you will be prompted to select a location to install VirtualBox.   
    • After the installation is complete you will find VirtualBox in the Applications folder in the Finder

Download the SAS University Edition File for VirtualBox

  1. Go to
    • log in to your profile.  if you do not have one, create one using your Queen's email.  You will receive a activation email from SAS.  Follow the instruction to activate and set password.
    • Look for the Download the SAS University Edition vApp
    • Click Get download
    • Click I agree to the Terms & Conditions
    • Click Continue
  2. The next page will open
    • Click Download
    • if prompted to save or run the file, select Save to save the file in your Downloads directory

Configure VirtualBox

  1. Create a shared folder for your data that is available to both the SAS University Edition virtual image and to your local system
    • On your local computer create a SASUniversityEdition folder
      • Note:  This folder can not require administrative rights to access it
    • You will need to be able to locate this folder readily
    • Within the SASUniversityEdition folder create a subfolder named myfolders
  2. Launch VirtualBox
    • From the File menu select Import Appliance
  3. The Appliance to import screen will open
    • Click the folder icon to the right of the field
    • A file browser screen will open
    • Select the SAS University Edition .ova file
    • Click Open
    • Click Continue
  4. The Appliance Settings screen will open
    • Click Import
    • The imported virtual machine is displayed in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager screen
    • Note:  if the message drives in use is displayed, click Ignore
    • Select Machine > Settings
    • Click Shared Folders
  5. The Shared Folders screen will open
    • In the Upper right of the screen click the + (plus) sign. 
    • The Add Share screen will open
    • In the Folder Path field, click the arrow and select Other
  6. A file browser screen will open
    • Select the myfolders folder you created, and then click Choose.  This folder is mapped to the MyFolders folder in ASA Studio
    • Note:  the shared folder name is case sensitive
  7. In the Add Share screen
    • Confirm that Read-only is NOT selected
    • Click Auto-mount
    • Click Make Permanent.  Note:  If the Make Permanent is not present, you do not need to do anything.
    • Click OK
    • If you wish to create additional shared folders you can do so by following the same instructions.  They will appear in the SAS Studio under Folder Shortcuts
    • Click OK

Using SAS

Once VirtualBox is configure (imported: “unvbasicvapp_xxx__ova_en_sp0_1.ova”) and the resulting virtual machine is running (turned on in VirtualBox), you access SAS via the web browser in your Mac (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) at address:  http://localhost/10080

  1. Open a browser
    • In the location bar enter  http://localhost/10080
    • The SAS University Edition vApp will now be running and ready for you to use.

Getting Help

  • Support is from SAS
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Last Updated: January 17, 2018