Update MathWorks License and Software

Update an Existing Installation

Download and install a more recent version for the release of MATLAB® that you currently have installed. For example, if you have R2019a installed, you might be able to download a more recent version of R2019a.

When you install a MATLAB update, you get not only the most recent update for your version but all prior updates for your version as well.

Update from Notifications

If a more recent version is available, a notification displays in MATLAB when you start the program.

To install the MATLAB update, click the notification icon and select Install Update. If you click the notification but then decide to update at a later time, the notification icon is no longer red, but you can still install the update.

Check for Updates

You can also check for updates manually.

  1. Make sure that you have an active internet connection.

  2. On the Home tab, click Help > Check for Updates. The Add-On Manager opens with the Updates tab selected. .

  3. If there is an update available, click the Update button to the right of the update name to install it. If there is no update available for your version or if you have already installed the latest update, MATLAB displays that information.

Update Your License

Automatic License Updates

Throughout the term of your license, your MATLAB installation periodically contacts MathWorks to verify that your license is up-to-date. If your license is up to date, the validation process is transparent. If it determines that you need to update your license, the validation process displays a dialog box giving you the option to update your license.

You can disable validation at the License Center at the MathWorks website.

Update License Manually from Within MATLAB

To update your license manually from within MATLAB, perform the following steps:

  1. On the MATLAB toolstrip in Resources, click the down arrow under Help.

  2. Click Licensing.

  3. Select Update Current Licenses...and follow the prompts to update your license.

Update License Using Activation

If your license file has expired or there is another license reason preventing MATLAB from starting, you can update your license by launching the MATLAB activation client.

For instructions on launching the activation client, see Activate an Installation Online (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Update License for an Offline Computer

If your computer that is running MATLAB cannot connect to the internet, you can download a license file manually from on another computer and move the file over to the computer.

  1. Sign into

  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right and then select My Account.

  3. Select your license number from the list.

  4. Click the Install and Activate tab.

  5. On the right-hand side, under Related Tasks, select Activate to Retrieve License File.

  6. Fill out all required fields and follow prompts. Click Continue.

  7. At Next Steps, click Download License File.

  8. Skip Step 2 and click Done.

  9. Copy the license file to the licenses folder on the offline machine. The following support article contains instructions for finding license file folders on various operating systems: Where are the license files for MATLAB located?

  10. Start MATLAB.

    If you encounter difficulties, contact Customer Support.

Add Products to an Existing Installation

To add products to your existing MATLAB installation, use the Add-On Explorer. See Get and Manage Add-Ons (MATLAB).

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