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Some traditions require an altar. If you belong to one of these, then yes, you do. If you are asking if you need an altar to perform magick, no, you don't. It is helpful to have an altar to put tools, incense, etc. on, but you don't need any tools to perform magick and if you do use tools, you can just as easily place them on a kitchen table or a convenient stump in lieu of an altar.
I personally have several altars dedicated to Gods in my house, as I am a polytheist (though it may be more appropriate to call some of them "shrines") but these are specifically for honoring the Gods which I consider to be a separate thing to practicing magick, though many combine the two. When I practice magick, I am generally at the kitchen table, in my bed or bathtub or at the firepit and there's no place to put an altar in most of these locations.