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Applying the IBM SPSS Statistics Interim Fix for macOS 14.0 (Sonoma)

By David Dwyer posted Tue November 07, 2023 04:18 PM


NOTE:  This issue been addressed in IBM SPSS Statistics - to be released December 15, 2023.

See the Downloading IBM SPSS Statistics document.

Since the release of the IBM SPSS Statistics Interim Fixes for  macOS 14.0 (Sonoma) there have been myriad posts in the SPSS Statistics Community about users having trouble applying the fix.

To review:

  • macOS 14.0 (Sonoma) was never a tested, supported platform for IBM SPSS Statistics.
  • The program installs successfully
  • The program license correctly
  • Program does not launch
    • You see the splash screen
    • If you click the splash screen, you see the Server Login page has been opened behind it
    • You can never escape the Server Login page
    • If you Cancel, the program gracefully exits.

Here is a video demonstrating the failure.

Hopefully in this blog I can lay out a standard, replicable path to success for everyone.

Note:  The following steps and recommendations all assume that you are logged into your macOS 14.x (Sonoma) computer under a local administrator profile.  If this is not true, please create such a profile and log in under it.  If you are not able to do so, please work with your local IT staff to accomplish this task.

Since I really have no idea of the history of your installation, I'd suggest a clean reinstall using the SPSS Statistics Fixpack.  The link you want will be at the very bottom of the page and labeled "FC".


The interim fix contains a new 'libplatdep.dylib' file.  Your task will be to find the old file under the SPSS Statistics application bundle, and replace it with this new file.

  • Right click (or "control+click" or tap two fingers on the Trackpad ) the SPSS Statistics.app bundle and select "Show package contents"
  • Drill into the Contents and lib folders to find the 'libplatdep.dylib' file.

  • Open a new Finder window and go to the folder created when you extracted the Interim Fix Zip file.
  • Copy the 'libplatdep.dylib' file from the Interim Fix Folder to the "SPSS Statistics.app/Contents/lib" folder you saw previously.  When asked, you want to Replace the file already there. **
  • Launch Statistics .

** Some may take issue with the step to move the new file directly into the install path and replacing the old file.  That file wasn't working for you anyway.  There is no advantage to keeping it.

Here is a video demonstrating the process above.

Hopefully these steps have resolved your issue.




Sat November 25, 2023 09:05 AM

Thank you so much, it works now!)

Fri November 17, 2023 05:58 PM

Unfortunately I have tried this suggested solution but it doesn’t work on my M2 Pro model. Can you advise any workarounds?

Wed November 15, 2023 01:19 PM

The IBM SPSS promise is that version 30 will have corrected the Mac OS Sonoma (v14) failure to install/run. When will SPSS version 30 for Mac OS Sonoma become available, please? A realistic date would be appreciated. Also, is a Beta for version 30 available now to try? Any information and guidance are appreciated. The current assorted workarounds are a nightmare for non-IT people!