Origin is a Windows software, optimized for the Windows GUI. To install and run Origin or OriginPro on a Mac, you need use a virtualization software, as explained below.
OriginLab has made available a free Native Mac Version of the Origin Viewer. The Mac Viewer is a portable, standalone application that can be run without installation. Use it to open Origin files in the Mac environment (Mac OS 10.10 or newer) so that you can view and copy data to other applications, including the copying and pasting of Origin's publication-quality graphs and layout pages as PNG or PDF images.
OriginLab recommends running Origin from Boot Camp, if dual-booting is an option. For those who prefer to run Origin as an application on your Mac desktop without a reboot of the Mac OS, we suggest the following virtualization software:
Note: Origin can work on Apple's new M1 chip machines (with Parallels Desktop, Windows 10 build 21354 or newer.
Steps to install Origin/OriginPro:
- Install the virtualization software on your Mac computer.
- Using the virtualization software, create a new virtual computer and install Windows on the virtual computer.
- Run the virtual computer on which Windows is installed. When Windows is ready, install Origin.
Note: Other options for running Origin on a Mac such as using CrossOver or WineBottler are currently not recommended by OriginLab.