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This software is licensed under an academic license agreement between MIT and The MathWorks, Inc. These products are restricted to use in the support of classroom instruction and research activities of students, faculty, and staff. The right to use the Programs for any other purpose, including commercial purposes, is expressly prohibited. Authorized Users must stop using the software and delete it (and any accompanying license key) from any non MIT-owned computers they have installed it on when they cease to be affiliated with MIT. By clicking on the links below, you agree that you are an Authorized User, that you will use the software only for MIT purposes, and that you will comply with the stated termination conditions when you leave MIT.

Requirements

This MATLAB installation procedure is only authorized for faculty/staff users installing MATLAB. Students installing MATLAB on personally owned machines must continue to use the student MATLAB license.

Note:

  • Running MATLAB this way requires that you maintain network connectivity, and requires use of the MIT VPN if you are off the MIT campus.
  • You will not need to update the annual license file, this is handled on the server.
  • Matlab is a large installer package, be sure you have enough disk space to install it.

Existing installation - How To Switch

If you have machines where MATLAB is already installed and you want to get licenses from the IS&T MATLAB License Server, you don't need to perform the installation steps above. You just need to change the license file contents to this short-license-file 2021b. The license server is backwards-compatible with older MATLAB releases as well as the current release.

The default location and name for the network MATLAB license file for all users in R2021b is:

  • WindowsC:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2021b\licenses\network.lic
    or
    C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2021b\licenses\network.lic
  • Macintosh/Applications/MATLAB_R2021b.app/licenses/network.lic
    or
    /Applications/MATLAB_R2021b.app/licenses/network.lic
  • Linux/usr/local/MATLAB/R2021b/licenses/network.lic
    or
    /usr/local/MATLAB/R2021b/licenses/network.lic

Older releases follow a similar pattern.

See also Where are the license files for MATLAB located? at the MathWorks.

New Installations

Downloads

You will need to login to the MATLAB portal where you can download MATLAB, get your Faculty/Staff Activation key, get free training, contact support, and discover additional resources.

The file installation key that you'll need following install is located here:

File Installation Key (fik) for R2021b

Windows

  1. Extract the installer zip file in a temporary location. You can delete the zip file after extraction to save space.
  2. Double click setup.exe to launch the installer.
  3. When you are asked to sign in, click "Advanced Options" from the top. Select Use a File Installation Key, then click Next.
  4. At the licensing dialog, click the Do you accept... Yes radio button, then click Next.
  5. At the Provide File Installation Key dialog, click the I have... radio button, copy the key value from the downloaded R2021b_fik file and paste it into the entry dialog, then click Next.
  6. At the Choose installation folder dialog, keep the default (C:\Program Files\MATLAB\<version>, where <version> is your MATLAB version such as R2019a), then click Next.
  7. At the Select products to install... dialog, select the components you want but make sure License Manager at the top is deselected, then click Next.
  8. At the Provide license file location dialog, enter the path to where you've copied this locally (ending with ...license.dat), click Next.
  9. At the Select desired installation options, set your preferences (do not select License Manager) and click Next.
  10. At the confirmation dialog, review your selections (make sure the required disk space is free) and click Install.
  11. After installation completes, note the information on the Your installation may require... dialog, then click Next.
  12. At the Installation is complete dialog, click Finish.
  13. On first launch, you may get a "Firewall blocking" alert. If this happens, click Unblock or Allow Access.

Macintosh

  1. Double click on the MATLAB dmg file to open it.
  2. Double click Install ForMacOSX in the window that opens to launch the installer.
  3. At the Java wants to make changes ... dialog, enter an administrator username and password, then click OK.
  4. At the Select Installation method dialog, click on Use a File Installation key, then click Next.
  5. At the licensing dialog, click the Do you accept..., Yes radio button, then click Next.
  6. At the Provide File Installation Key dialog, click the I have... radio button, copy the key value from the downloaded R2021b_fik file and paste it into the entry dialog, then click Next.
  7. At the Choose installation folder dialog, keep the default (/Applications), click Next
  8. At the Select products to install... dialog, select the components you want, but make sure License Manager at the top is deselected, then click Next.
  9. At the Provide license file location dialog, enter the path to where you've copied this locally, then click Next.
  10. At the confirmation dialog, review your selections (make sure the required disk space is free) and click Install.
  11. After installation completes, note the information on the Your installation may require... dialog, then click Next.
  12. At the Installation is complete dialog, click Finish.
  13. On first launch, you may get a dialog asking if you want to accept incoming network connections. If this happens, select Allow.

Linux

  1. Sudo to root if you wish to install MATLAB for all users.
  2. Unzip the installer archive in a temporary location. You can delete the zip file after extraction to save space.
  3. Run the install script at the top level of the extracted installer archive.
  4. At the Select Installation method dialog, click on Use a File Installation key, then click Next.
  5. At the licensing dialog, click the Do you accept..., Yes radio button, then click Next.
  6. At the Provide File Installation Key dialog, click the I have... radio button, copy the key value from the downloaded R2021b_fik file and paste it into the entry dialog, then click Next.
  7. At the Enter the full path to the installation folder dialog, keep the default (/usr/local/MATLAB/<version>),then click Next.
  8. At the Select products to install... dialog, select the components you want but make sure License Manager at the top is deselected, then click Next.
  9. At the Provide license file location dialog, enter the path to where you've copied this locally, click Next.
  10. At the Create symbolic links... dialog, decide if and where to make links to launch scripts, then click Next.
  11. At the confirmation dialog, review your selections (make sure the required disk space is free) and click Install.

See Also

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members


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November 15, 2021

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