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Start MATLAB on Mac Platforms

Choose one of these ways to start MATLAB®.

When you start MATLAB, it automatically adds the userpath folder to the search path. MATLAB also reopens any desktop components that were open when you last shut down.

To customize startup, see Specify Startup Options.

The MATLAB startup folder is the folder you are in when you get the MATLAB prompt. To change the default startup folder, see MATLAB Startup Folder.

If MATLAB fails to start due to a problem with required system components such as Java® software, then diagnostics run automatically. The software advises you of the problem and offers suggestions to correct it. For information about other startup problems, see Troubleshooting Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Start from Applications Folder

  • Double-click the MATLAB icon in the Applications/matlabroot folder. Replace matlabroot with the name of the folder in which you installed MATLAB.

The startup folder is the last working folder from the previous MATLAB session or the custom path specified in the Initial working folder preference described in General Preferences.

Start from Terminal Window

  • Open a Terminal window.

  • Navigate to your MATLAB installation folder, where matlabroot is the name of the folder in which you installed MATLAB and Release is your MATLAB release number; for example, R2017a.

    /Applications/matlabroot/MATLAB_Release.app/bin
  • Start MATLAB.

    ./matlab

The startup folder is the MATLAB installation folder.

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