I work in an environment that has mathematica's internet connectivity turned off under Help > Internet Connectivity. Recently, after installing mathematica 10.0, every time mathematica is loaded it complains about internet connectivity and put up messages saying

PacletInstall::offline: The Wolfram System cannot install paclet WolframAutoUpdate because it is currently configured not to use the Internet for paclet downloads. To allow internet access, use Help > Internet Connectivity....

is there a way to disable such alerts/disable the auto update?

  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried Off? $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2014 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ @belisarius this message is printed right after mathematica is launched, before I've entered anything, so Off does not apply here. $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2014 at 5:04
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    $\begingroup$ I can't seem to reproduce this problem so I can't test a solution, but try putting Off[PacletInstall::offline] in your kernel/init.m file; it may load soon enough to have effect. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 29, 2014 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know if it matters, but what OS are you using? $\endgroup$ Aug 31, 2014 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ @KellenMyers I'm on windows, current I resort to setting a dummy proxy that goes no where to temporarily fix this warning. $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2014 at 3:01

1 Answer 1


It is correct! Follow these steps:

  1. Enable Internet Connectivity in Preferences.
  2. Allow automatic updates.
  3. Restart Mathematica.
  4. Disable Internet.
  5. Restart Mathematica.

Et Voila'!

  • $\begingroup$ It wasn't me but you get downvote, probably, because it does exactly the oposite that OP want's. At least this is my interpretation, so: OP needs Internet while wants I Conn to be false. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Dec 18, 2014 at 17:03

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