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To run the installer, you need:
Your email address and your MathWorks® Account password. You will need them to log in to your account during installation. If you have multiple licenses associated with your account, determine which license you want to install.
If you don't have a MathWorks Account, you can create one during installation. You must have an Activation Key to create an account. An Activation Key is the unique code that identifies a license. Ask the administrator of the license for the Activation Key.
Make sure you have the correct permissions to perform the installation. If you have questions about this, ask your system administrator.
Note: While you use an administrator account or root privileges to install the software, you typically do not want to activate the software for a privileged user. Specify the non-privileged account that will use the software when you activate it. Running MATLAB as a user with administrator privileges or root privileges is not recommended.
Windows — Get the name and password for an account on your computer that has administrator privileges. The installer modifies the system registry during installation.
Linux — Make sure you have write permissions for the directory where you want to install MATLAB® software.
Macintosh — Get the name and password of the administrator account on your computer. The administrator account is the user account you set up when you configured your Macintosh system; this is not your MathWorks Account. During installation, you must enter this name and password in the Authenticate dialog box.
Consider disabling virus-checking software and Internet security applications on your system during installation. These applications can slow the installation process or cause it to appear unresponsive (or to hang).
If you do not have an Internet connection during installation, see Install MathWorks Products Without an Internet Connection.
If you are upgrading your MATLAB installation to the latest release, MathWorks recommends that you install the new version in a new installation folder. This is recommended when upgrading an installation of a prerelease version of the software as well. You do not need to delete an existing MATLAB installation before installing this release. Each release is independent of previous releases and you can run multiple releases on the same system.
Note If you choose to overwrite an existing installation from a prior release, the installer deletes all the products in your installation folder and installs only those products included in your current license. This avoids potential product incompatibilities. For example, if your existing installation includes 10 products, but your current license only includes 9 of those products, your MATLAB installation only includes the 9 products in your current license.
The method you use to start the installer depends on your platform and whether you are using a DVD or files you downloaded from the MathWorks Web site.
DVD installation — Insert the DVD into the DVD drive connected to your system. The installer usually starts automatically.
Downloaded files — Double-click the installer file you downloaded from the MathWorks Web site. The installer usually starts automatically.
DVD installation — Insert the DVD into the DVD drive connected to your system. When the DVD icon appears on the desktop, double-click the icon to display the DVD contents, and then double-click the InstallForMacOSX icon to begin the installation.
Downloaded files — Extract the files from the archive file that you downloaded from the MathWorks Web site and double-click the InstallForMacOSX file.
DVD installation — Insert the DVD into the DVD drive connected to your system and execute the following command:
Depending on how your system is configured, you might have to mount the DVD first. Make sure you mount it with execute permissions, as in the following example. Note that the name of the DVD drive might be different on your system.
mount -o exec /media/cdrom0
Downloaded files — Extract the files from the archive file that you downloaded from the MathWorks Web site and execute the installer command:
Leave the Install using the Internet option selected (the default) and click Next. During installation, you log in to your MathWorks Account, select the license you want to install, and follow the prompts on the other installer dialog boxes. Using an Internet connection is the easiest way to install the software.
Note: On Windows systems, the installer uses your system proxy settings, by default. If you proxy server requires you to log in, the installer prompts you for your login information.
If your Internet connection requires a proxy server, click the Connection Settings button. You can enter the server name, port, and password in the Connection Settings dialog box. MathWorks supports Basic authentication and Digest authentication proxy configurations.
Review the software license agreement and, if you agree with the terms, select Yes and click Next.
To log in to your MathWorks Account, enter your email address and password and click Next. The installer contacts MathWorks to retrieve information about the licenses associated with your account.
If you do not have a MathWorks Account, select the I need to create a MathWorks Account option and click Next. You can enter the data needed to create one.
If you have a File Installation Key, select the Provide File Installation Key option and enter your key. A File Installation Key identifies the products you can install. The administrator on a license can retrieve the File Installation Key from the License Center at the MathWorks Web site. If you specify a File Installation Key, the installer skips the license selection step.
To create an account, enter your email address, first name, last name, and password. You must also provide an Activation Key because a newly created account does not have any licenses associated with it. The Activation Key identifies the license you want to install. The administrator contact on the license can retrieve the key by visiting the License Center at the MathWorks Web site. Click Next to send this information to MathWorks and create your account.
Note: When you create a new MathWorks Account, you must verify your email address before you can proceed with installation. Before you click Next in the Email Verification Required dialog box, go to your email program, open the message sent to you by MathWorks, and click the verification link. Then return to this dialog box and click Next.
Select a license from the list of licenses associated with your MathWorks Account and click Next. The list contains the following information about the licenses:
An optional descriptive text label that can help identify the license. To label a license, go to the License Center at the MathWorks Web site. See the License Center Help for instructions.
Information identifying the license option and the activation type. If an activation type has not yet been set on the license, the word "Unset" appears.
If you want to install products on a license that is not associated with your MathWorks Account, select the Enter an Activation Key for a license not listed option, enter an Activation Key, and click Next. An Activation Key is the unique code that identifies a license. It can be used to activate a license and also allows licensed end users to associate their MathWorks Account with a license. Ask the administrator of the license for the Activation Key.
If there are no licenses associated with your account, or if permission to activate is disabled on the license you selected, the installer displays the Activation Key dialog box. Enter the required Activation Key and click Next. Ask the administrator contact on the license for the Activation Key.
In the Installation Type dialog box, specify whether you want to perform a Typical or Custom installation and click Next.
Choose Typical if you have an Individual or Group license and do not need to specify which products you want to install and do not need to access any installation options.
Choose Custom if you need to specify which products to install, need access to installation options, or need to install the license manager (network license options only).
If you choose a Typical installation, the installer skips the product selection and installation options steps.
Specify the name of the folder where you want to install MathWorks products. Accept the default installation folder or click Browse to select a different one. If the folder doesn't exist, the installer creates it.
On Macintosh systems, the installer puts the MATLAB application package, MATLAB_R2013b.app, in the Applications folder, by default.
When specifying a folder name, you can use any alphanumeric character and some special characters, such as underscores. The installer tells you if the name you specified includes any characters that are not permitted in folder names. If you make a mistake while entering a folder name and want to start over, click Restore Default Folder. After making your selection, click Next.
If you are performing a custom installation, you can specify which products you want to install in the Product Selection dialog box. This dialog box lists all the products associated with the license you selected, or with the Activation Key or File Installation Key you specified. In the dialog box, all the products are preselected for installation. If you do not want to install a particular product, clear the check box next to its name.
After selecting the products you want to install, click Next to continue with the installation. The installer checks if any of the products you selected depend on other products. If there are product dependencies that are not satisfied, the installer issues a warning. Consider adjusting your product selection.
If you asked the installer to determine if newer versions of your products are available at the MathWorks Web site, the installer displays both the newer version and the version available on the product DVD in the product list. By default, the latest version is preselected for installation. When there are product updates available, the Product Selection dialog box includes a column, called Source, that identifies whether the product will be installed from the DVD or must be downloaded. For product downloads, the Source column includes information about the size of the download file. The dialog box also includes information about the total download size for all the products you select.
If you do not want to download any product updates, click Select local versions only. This clears the selection of all the product downloads in the product list. If you want to install only the latest versions of all products, click Select newest versions.
After selecting the products you want to install, click Next to continue with the installation.
For Custom installations, you can specify some installation options, depending on which platform you are installing.
On Windows, the Installation Options dialog box lets you choose whether to put shortcuts for starting MATLAB in the Start menu and on the desktop.
After selecting installation options, click Next to proceed with the installation.
On Linux systems, you can specify whether you want to create symbolic links to the matlab and mex scripts. Specify a folder to which you have write access and that is common to all your user's paths, such as /usr/local/bin .
After selecting installation options, click Next to proceed with the installation.
Before it begins installing the software on your hard disk, the installer displays a summary of your installation choices. To change a setting, click Back. To proceed with the installation, click Install.
As it install the files, the installer displays a status dialog box to show the progress of the installation.
Depending upon which products you install, the installer might display a dialog box containing several types of information:
Product configuration information — Certain products require additional configuration. If you installed one of these products, the installer lists the configuration commands in this dialog box. You can copy these command to your system clipboard for use after the installation is completed.
Click Next to proceed with the installation.
Click Next to proceed with the installation.
When the installation successfully completes, the installer displays the Installation Complete dialog box. In this dialog box, you can choose to activate the software you just installed. You cannot use the software you installed until you activate it. MathWorks recommends activating immediately after installation. Click Next to proceed with activation.
If you choose to exit the installer without performing activation, clear the Activate MATLAB option and click Finish (the button label changes). You can activate later using the activation application.
For step-by-step instructions on the activation process, see Activate an Installation With the Internet.