There are two different methods of installing MATLAB, or other MathWorks products, on a client computer using a network license: a standard (online) installation or an offline installation. The following will provide information on:
- Obtaining the server license file
- Installing online using the MathWorks Installer
- Installing offline using the File Installation Key
Obtaining the server license file (Required)
To install MATLAB, or other MathWorks products, on a client computer, you will need the server license file, which is typically named "license.dat" or "network.lic." The server license file can be identified by the first line, which will start with the directive "SERVER."
Please note that this is not the same license file as the one you can download from the MathWorks website. If you do not have your server license file, contact your license administrator.
The "network.lic" may be found in the licenses folder of an installation that is already pointed to the license server. The "license.dat" file may be found inside the license manager installation folder:
Open the folder where the license manager is installed:
- Open the folder "etc."
- Create a copy of the file "license.dat." Do not remove the file from this directory.
Installing MATLAB, or other MathWorks Products, using the MathWorks Installer
To install MATLAB, or other MathWorks products, using the MathWorks Installer, your MathWorks account must be on the license as a Licensed End User and have download permissions.
After obtaining the server license file, you may refer to the following link for installation instructions:
Note: When installing MATLAB, or other MathWorks products, using a network license, there will be an additional step that requests for the path to a license file. The license file will be the server license file obtained following the instructions above.
Installing offline using the File Installation Key
To install offline, you require the server license file, the installation files, and the File Installation Key.
After obtaining the server license file, you may refer to the following link for instructions on installing on an offline machine:
Note: For installations on a client machine, you are not required to activate, as the network license should already be activate to the license server. You will require the server license file mentioned above to complete the installation.