Why Stata?

Stata is a complete, integrated software package that provides all of your data science needs—data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and reproducible reporting. Stata puts hundreds of statistical tools at your fingertips. For data management, statistical analysis, and publication-quality graphics, Stata has you covered.

Which Stata is right for me?

Whether you’re a student or a seasoned research professional, we have a package designed to suit your needs:

Stata/MP (multiprocessing) the fastest version of Stata; is suitable for largest datasets and high performance that can analyze the most data. Stata/MP available for quad-core, dual-core, and multicore/multiprocessor computers.

 Stata/SE is standard edition suitable for large datasets

Stata/BE, basic edition is suitable for mid-sized datasets. In previous version we known as Stata/IC

Stata/MP is the fastest and largest version of Stata. Virtually any current computer can take advantage of the advanced multiprocessing of Stata/MP. This includes the Intel i3, i5, i7, i9, Xeon, and Celeron, and AMD multi-core chips. On dual-core chips, Stata/MP runs 40% faster overall and 72% faster where it matters, on the time-consuming estimation commands. With more than two cores or processors, Stata/MP is even faster. Find out more about Stata/MP .

Stata/MP, Stata/SE, and Stata/BE all run on any machine, but Stata/MP runs faster. You can purchase a Stata/MP license for up to the number of cores on your machine (maximum is 64). For example, if your machine has eight cores, you can purchase a Stata/MP license for eight cores, four cores, or two cores.

Stata/MP can also analyze more data than any other flavor of Stata. Stata/MP can analyze 10 to 20 billion observations given the current largest computers, and is ready to analyze up to 1 trillion observations once computer hardware catches up.

Stata/SE and Stata/BE differ only in the dataset size that each can analyze. Stata/SE (up to 10,998) and Stata/MP (up to 65,532) can fit models with more independent variables than Stata/BE (up to 798). Stata/SE can analyze up to 2 billion observations.

Stata/BE allows datasets with as many as 2,048 variables and 2 billion observations. Stata/BE can have at most 798 independent variables in a model.

All the above flavors have the same complete set of features and include PDF documentation.

Flavors Comparison

Product Features




Maximum number of variablesUp to 2,048 variablesUp to 32,767 variables

Up to 120,000 variables

Maximum number of observationsUp to 2.14 billionUp to 2.14 billion

Up to 20 billion

Runs most estimation commands…FastFastTwice as fast as FastAlmost four times
as fast as Fast
Even faster
Time to run logistic regression with 10 million observations and 20 covariates20 seconds20 seconds10 seconds5.2 seconds< 5.2 seconds
Maximum number of independent variables79810,99865,53265,53265,532

Compatible Operating System | Platform

Stata will run on the platforms listed below. While Stata software is platform-specific, your Stata license is not.  

Stata runs on Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix platforms.

If you have a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop, you don’t need two separate licenses to run Stata. You can install your Stata license on both of them. Stata datasets, programs, and other data can be shared across platforms without translation. You can also quickly and easily import datasets from other statistical packages, spreadsheets, and databases.


Stata for Windows®

  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server (2019, 2016, 2012)
  • Processor: 64-bit Windows for x86-64 made by Intel® and AMD
  • Memory (based on your Stata package)
  • Disk Space min 1 GB
* To check if your Windows computer is 64-bit compliant, go to Windows Control Panel.  Click on System and Security -> System. The line named “Sytem Type” will reveal the processor type

Stata for Mac®

  • Operating System: macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) or newer for Macs with Apple Silicon and macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or newer for Macs with 64-bit Intel processors
  • Processor: Mac with Apple Silicon or 64-bit Intel processor
  • Memory (based on your Stata package)
  • Disk Space min 1 GB
* To check if your Mac is 64-bit compilant, please select About this Mac  from the Apple menu.  The line named Processor will reveal the processor type. All currently shipped Mac have 64-bit processor and 64-bit operating system.
Stata for Linux
  • Operating System: any kind but you need to have GTK 2.24 installed
  • Processor: Any 64-bit (x86-64 or compatible) 
  • Memory (based on your Stata package)
  • Disk Space min 1 GB
  • Video card that can display thousand of colors or more (16-bit or 24-bit color)

Hardware Requirements

PackageMemoryDisk space
Stata/MP4 GB1 GB
Stata/SE2 GB1 GB
Stata/BE1 GB1 GB