Where can I find the Activation Key and File Installation Key (FIK) for my license?

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I want to distribute or retrieve the Activation Key for my license so that licensed end users can link to my license and activate MATLAB. I would also like to distribute or retrieve the File Installation Key to install MATLAB without using the internet. Where can I find these keys? 

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 21 Sep 2023
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 21 Sep 2023
License administrators can obtain the Activation Key and File Installation Keys using Advanced Options in the License Center. To retrieve your Activation Key and File Installation Key, follow the steps below: 
  1. Sign in to the License Center: https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter
  2. Select the license you want to use. 
  3. Go to the Install and Activate tab. 
  4. Click “Activate to retrieve license file.” 
  5. Click Advanced Options. 
  6. The Activation Key and the File Installation Key will appear on this screen. You can generate a File Installation Key for a different release using the drop down.  
End Users 
The File Installation Key is produced when you activate your license to a machine. See the following article for more information: How do I activate MATLAB without an internet connection? 
To retrieve a File Installation Key for a license that is already activated: 
  1. Log into the License Center here: https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter 
  2. Click on the desired license. 
  3. Select the "Install and Activate" tab. 
  4. Click the blue arrow under "Get License File." 
  5. If you do not see the activated machine and blue arrow, press "Update License File" to open the correct menu. 
  6. Select a release. 
  7. Specify that the software is not yet installed. 
  8. The File Installation Key will appear on this screen. 
Note: If you are unable to activate your license in the License Center, you will need to obtain the File Installation Key from a License Administrator.
End users who are not allowed to perform keyless activations must contact their license administrators to obtain a File Installation Key. End users must also contact license administrators to obtain the Activation Key regardless of their permissions. In the MathWorks License Center, click the "Contact Administrators" tab to get contact information for your license administrators. 

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