Follow these instructions to install MATLAB on a single machine using a File Installation (FIK), for any license type (end user or administrator). This workflow is best to follow when the target machine is not connected to the internet; however, you need an internet connection to the get the FIK and to download the installer (or get them from your system administrator).
Make sure you have the minimum System Requirements for MATLAB.
To run the installer interactively without an internet connection, you need:the following:
Have your File Installation Key and License File available. You need both these items to perform an off-network installation and activation.
The File Installation Key identifies the products you can install. The License File activates the installation, identifying which products you can run. The administrator of the license can retrieve the File Installation Key and License File by visiting the License Center at the MathWorks® website. Download and save these items on removable storage (for example, USB stick) and copy to the target machine.
Ensure that the product files, including the MATLAB® installer, are available in an accessible location, for example, in the default Downloads folder on your computer or on a network share. If the product files are located in a folder other than the default Downloads folder on your computer, the installer file must be located in the same folder as the product files.
Make sure that you have the correct permissions to install software. If you have questions about this, ask your system administrator.
While you use an administrator account 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 is not recommended.
Windows Systems — Get the name and password of the administrator account on your computer. The installer modifies the system registry during installation.
Linux Systems — 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
command, install product files in a protected folder, or edit the system boot script, you
must have superuser status.
macOS Systems — 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 macOS system; this is not your MathWorks Account. During installation, you must enter this name and password in the Authenticate dialog box, shown below.
Consider disabling virus-checking software and Internet security applications on your system for the duration of the installation process. These applications can slow down the installation process or cause it to appear unresponsive or to hang.
If you have an Internet connection, follow the instructions in Install Products Online (Installation, Licensing, and Activation). MathWorks recommends installing and activating using an Internet connection.
You can use this procedure to install one of the standalone or network license options. If you use this with a network license option, you must specify the License File path and choose whether to configure the network license manager. See Install MathWorks Software on Client Systems (Installation, Licensing, and Activation) for more information about these additional steps.
Verify that the folder containing the product files includes the installer file for
your platform in the root of the folder (
setup.exe for Windows,
install for Linux, and
formacOS) and an archives subfolder. If the archives subfolder contains less than 3
files, you might be missing required files. Ask your administrator to download the files
again using the procedure in Download Products Without Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).
Copy the products files (including the installer file) to your computer or an accessible location (for example, USB drive or network share).
Start the installer. The method you use to start the installer depends on your platform.
If you or an administrator downloaded the product files previously and
copied the product files to your computer, a network share, or to media, go
to the top level of the folder where the product files are located and click
If you or an administrator downloaded the product files and copied the
extracted files to your computer, a network share, or to media, go to the
top level of the folder where the product files are located and double-click
InstallForMacOSX icon to begin the installation.
If you or an administrator downloaded the product files and copied the extracted files to your computer, a network share, or to media, go to the top level of the folder where the product files are located and execute the installer command:
If you do not have an Internet connection, but have access to product files on your computer or on a network share, select the Use a File Installation Key option and click Next.
Review the software license agreement and, if you agree with the terms, select Yes and click Next.
To view the end user license agreement at any time after installation, execute the following command in the MATLABMATLAB command window:
>> edit( fullfile(matlabroot, 'license_agreement.txt') )
If you do not have an Internet connection, and choose to install manually, the installer displays the File Installation Key dialog box. A File Installation Key identifies the products you can install.
If you have the key, select the I have the File Installation Key for my license option, enter the File Installation Key, and click Next. The administrator on a license can retrieve the File Installation Key from the License Center at the MathWorks website.
If you do not have the key, select the I do not have the File Installation Key option and click Next. The installer provides you with the information you need to get a key.
The Installation and Activation Next Steps dialog box contains the information you need to retrieve your File Installation Key from the License Center at the MathWorks website. This information includes:
Release number (for example, R2018b)
Operating system user name (Note that user names are case-sensitive in activation.)
To get your File Installation Key:
Copy the information displayed in this dialog box and click Finish to exit the installer. On Windows and Linux systems, you can click Print to print the information.
Go to a computer with an Internet connection and log in to your account at the MathWorks website.
Visit the License Center and enter the information from this dialog box. MathWorks uses this information to generate a License File and a File Installation Key for your license.
Return to your computer and run the installer again. With the File Installation Key and a License File, you can install and activate the software without an Internet connection.
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.
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 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.
If the product files are not located on your computer or the installer is not located in the same folder as the product files, the installer will be unable to find products to install.
You can specify optional installation options, depending on your platform.
On Windows®, the Installation Options dialog box offers you the option 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
Specify a folder to which you have write access and that is common
to all your user's paths, such as
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 on the method of installation that you use, the confirmation information can vary from the example shown here.
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. Running activation immediately after installation is the fastest way to start using MATLAB. 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.
Your MATLAB installation automatically continues to software activation. See Activate an Installation Offline (Installation, Licensing, and Activation) for a step-by-step description of the process when you do not have an internet connection.
Administrators: You may want to install the software yourself but wait to have the end user activate it. If that's the case, you are done here. When the end user is ready to activate the software, send them to the linked instructions.