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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 do not 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.
If you purchased MATLAB® student-use software, your product package includes the Activation Key or you can visit the License Center at the MathWorks website to retrieve the key.
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 an administrative user account. 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.
Linux — Get the root password. You can install MATLAB software without superuser privileges, however, it limits certain installation options. For example, if you want to set up symbolic links to the matlab command, install product files in a protected folder, or edit the system boot script, you must have superuser status.
Mac OS X — Get the name and password of an administrator account on your computer. The administrator account is the user account you set up when you configured your Mac OS X system; this is not your MathWorks Account. During installation, you must enter this name and password in the Authenticate dialog box.
To consider disabling anti-virus 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 Products With a File Installation Key.
Note: MATLAB student-use software does not include DVDs. Download the installer from the MathWorks website, instead.
Download the installer from the MathWorks website or locate your MATLAB DVD.
When you select an installer on the website, you receive the files that the installer needs to run on your selected platform, not the product files. Run the installer to select products that you want to install on the computer where you are logged in. The installer downloads the products that it needs from MathWorks, if necessary.
Start the installer. The method you use to start the installer depends on your platform and whether you download the installer from the MathWorks website or use a DVD.
Downloaded installer file — If you click Run when you select the installer on the MathWorks website, the installer starts automatically. If you saved the installer instead, double-click the self-extracting installer file in the folder where you saved it. The name of the self-extracting installer file is matlab_release_$ARCH, where release is the release you are installing (for example R2014b) and $ARCH is the selected architecture.
The installer should start automatically after file extraction is complete.
To restart the installer at a later time, click setup.exe. This file is located in the top level of the folder where you extracted the files.
DVD installation — Insert the DVD into the DVD drive connected to your system. The installer usually starts automatically.
Mac OS X
Downloaded installer file— Double-click the archive file to extract the files that you downloaded from the MathWorks website. After extracting the files, open the installer folder and double-click InstallForMacOSX.app .
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 installer file — Use the unzip command to extract the files from the archive file that you downloaded from the MathWorks website. After extracting the files, execute the installer command:
DVD installation — Insert the DVD into the DVD drive connected to your system and execute this 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
Leave the Log In with a MathWorks Account option selected (the default), and then click Next. During installation, you log in to your MathWorks Account, select the license you want to install, and follow the prompts in the installer.
If your Internet connection requires a proxy server, click Connection Settings. Enter the server name, port, and password in the Connection Settings page. 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 Create a MathWorks Account (requires an Activation Key) option and click Next. You are prompted to enter the data needed to create the account.
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 of this license can retrieve the key by visiting the License Center at the MathWorks website. If you purchased MATLAB student-use software, your product package includes the Activation Key.
Click Next to 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.
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. Use it to activate a license or allow licensed end users to associate their MathWorks Account with a license. The administrator contact on the license can retrieve the key by visiting the License Center on the MathWorks website. If you purchased MATLAB student-use software, your product package includes the Activation Key. Or, you can visit the License Center at the MathWorks website to retrieve the 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.
If you are installing MATLAB student-use software, your product package includes the Activation Key or you can visit the License Center at the MathWorks website to retrieve the key.
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 does not exist, the installer creates it.
When specifying a folder name, you can use any alphanumeric character and some special characters, such as underscores. 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.
From the product list, specify which products you want to install. The list shows all the products associated with the license you selected, or with the Activation Key or File Installation Key you specified. If you do not want to install a particular product, clear the check box next to its name.
Note: If the products you select exist in the default download location on your computer or on a DVD, the installer uses the local files for installation instead of downloading them from MathWorks. If you want to download the products again, go back to the Folder Selection dialog box and select a different installation folder.
After selecting the products you want to install, click Next to continue with the installation.
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.
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.
When the installation successfully completes, you can choose to activate the software you just installed. You cannot use the software you installed until you activate it. Activating immediately after installation is the quickest way to start using MATLAB. Click Next to proceed with activation.
If you choose to exit the installer without activating the software, clear the Activate MATLAB option and click Finish (the button label changes). Use the activation application to activate the software at a later time. If you have not activated the software, the activation application starts automatically when you start MATLAB.
For step-by-step instructions on the activation process, see Activate an Installation Using a MathWorks Account.