Why do I receive error 1731 during activation?

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Why do I receive error 1731 during activation saying "Activations are not allowed when License Management is set to Online Licensing?"

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 1 Mar 2019
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 1 Mar 2019
This error occurs when trying to activate a license/trial (e.g. Login Named User Trial) that does not allow activations.
During an install for a Login Named User trial, a license_info.xml file will get created in the user profile for the user performing the install. If the installation was performed under a different user account (e.g. account with Admin rights) then the license_info.xml file, which is required by MATLAB, will only be found by MATLAB when logged into the computer as that user.
To fix this installation:
1. Download the attached license_info.xml from the link below this Answer (Note, if your browser opens the file instead of downloading it, please download the .zip file instead and extract the license_info.xml from it).
2. Place license_info.xml into {matlabroot}/licenses (where {matlabroot} is your MATLAB installation directory):
C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R20XXx\licenses (Windows)
/usr/local/MATLAB/R20XXx/licenses (Linux)
/Applications/MATLAB_R20XXx.app/licenses (macOS) (Right click on the MATLAB application and click show package contents to open the MATLAB_R20XXx.app folder.)
3. Start MATLAB. You should now be prompted to provide your MathWorks Account login information to access your trial.
Alternatively, the "-licmode online" startup flag can be used to start MATLAB in LNU mode without the need for an xml file. To launch MATLAB with a startup flag, open a command prompt/terminal window and enter the path to the MATLAB executable and the “-licmode online” flag.
"$MATLAB\bin\win64\MATLAB.exe" -licmode online
Linux or Mac:
./matlab -licmode online
Scott on 4 May 2016
Hi Thomas,
At this time Login Named User licenses do not support proxy-based authentication. If you need to change your activation type to something that will work behind a proxy, please contact MathWorks support:
MathWorks Installation & Licensing Support

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More Answers (8)

Ashwani Kumar Jha
Ashwani Kumar Jha on 29 Feb 2016
Awesome... it worked

Misha on 15 Mar 2016
I am also facing same problem and I have tried the license_info.xml way out as suggested by Walter but it didn't work. Plz suggest what else can be done.
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Scott on 5 May 2016
Hi Misha,
If you are still unable to launch MATLAB after placing this license_info.xml file in your licenses folder, please contact MathWorks support:
MathWorks Installation & Licensing Support

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Andris Szalai
Andris Szalai on 19 Feb 2017
Try to type into start: 'Matlab activation', then:
Matlab activation (right click) >> Open file location >> Matlab R2016b
It worked for me. I think the activation was successful, but the icon Matlab didn't show, only the one for the activation, and the error was thrown because I tried to "re-activate" it.

Simon du Plooy
Simon du Plooy on 10 Mar 2017
I had the same issue, however fix was different. I had a trial license but select the designated user license as opposed to the designated computer license. Mathworks had to change the license and then the activation work. Details: Trial License, Matlab R2016b, Mac OS El Capitan

GIZEM TERCANLI on 14 Dec 2017
Hi, I am also getting the same error.How can I donwload the license_info.xml as .zip file? Because my browser opens the file directly.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 14 Dec 2017
In most browsers you can right click the link and choose Save As

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Sean Pavlik
Sean Pavlik on 22 Dec 2017
Sorry that I'm not getting this. Do I put the license_info.xml file into the license folder of the matlab application package?
Sean Pavlik
Sean Pavlik on 22 Dec 2017
Alright, I did this and was still given the error.

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feili yuan
feili yuan on 31 Jul 2018
I had the same error when I had applied a applicable vision , I chosed the option "Enter the full path to your license file, including the file name "in the login interface and selected license_info(C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018a\licenses),then it succeed.

Sergio Serrano Diaz
Sergio Serrano Diaz on 24 Oct 2018
Im having the same problem, cant fix it by any of the options listed, is there any other possible solution?
Justin Ghetti
Justin Ghetti on 9 Nov 2018
If you are still experiencing this issue, please contact MathWorks support:

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