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How to get started with SAS University Edition - Part 1

by Super Contributor on ‎01-29-2015 08:20 PM - edited on ‎10-05-2015 03:15 PM by Community Manager (2,638 Views)

What could be better than a free version of SAS?  How about a free version with amazingly powerful, extremely useful features? Thats what SAS University Edition offers, and then some. 


In this post, I provide basic installation tips and highlight features that Ive found particularly useful. I look forward to your thoughts and comments!



Im only familiar with SAS University Edition on a Mac, but Im confident the majority of what Im going to show you is the same on a Windows machine. If you are on a Mac, I recommend using VirtualBox unless you subscribe to Oracles VMWare Fusion.  VirtualBox is free, whereas VMWare Fusion is only free for 30 days.



  1. Get the installation files from http://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition/download-software.html - including VirtualBoxfrom this site. 
  2. Click DOWNLOAD NOW, then DOWNLOAD FREE SOFTWARE.  NOTE: I cannot stress enough the importance of reading the Quickstart Guide for the virtual machine youre selecting.  I spent hours trying to set up the shared folders, whereas five minutes of reading would have saved me a lot of frustration.
  3. Once you have downloaded, installed and configured the VM properly, download the version of SAS for the VM you have installed.
  4. To start VirtualBox, click on Start where indicated here:



This is a screen shot of the window that will open.Notice that it directs you to open your browser and go to http://localhost:10080.


NOTE: Virtual Box is always the same URL, the VMware products have unique URLs for each user.


You can now minimize (but do NOT close) the windows.  I have tried both Safari and Firefox, and SAS works perfectly well on both (my preference however is Firefox).



Now, let’s start by running a simple program:



Here’s the result:



Tomorrow, look for a post about the overall programming experience. The day after, I’ll post an article covering data management tasks.


This is article #1 in a six-part series. Links to all of them are below:


by Community Manager
on ‎02-10-2015 11:00 AM

Thank you for writing this! Looking forward to your subsequent posts.

by SAS Employee M_Dexter
on ‎02-10-2015 02:07 PM

We're glad to know that you found the Quick Start guide helpful!  If you have suggestions for documentation topics, please let us know.

by srivika
on ‎03-20-2015 12:06 PM

thank you

by Super Contributor
on ‎03-20-2015 12:45 PM

Hi Srivika, please let me know if you have any questions!  I'm working on a couple of new blogs about SAS University Edition and would happily take suggestions!

Have a great day


by jdelc027
on ‎05-18-2015 06:44 PM

Thank you for sharing all this valuable information DarthPathos.

by Super Contributor
on ‎05-18-2015 09:26 PM

Glad you found the information helpful - please let me know if there are any topics you'd like to see relating to SAS University Edition!


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