How can I launch a specific version of MATLAB from Windows' command prompt with matlab command?

75 views (last 30 days)
I'm trying to execute MATLAB command from Windows 7's command prompt. So far I managed to get the result by the following command.
matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -minimize -r "rand(10)" -logfile C:¥TEMP¥logfile.txt
However, I noticed that this will invoke the latest MATLAB version I have installed (R2014b), while I want to run R2014a instead.
Looking at the help document on matlab (Windows) below, I can't find a way to specify the MATLAB version while using the matlab command. It seems that the matlab command for unix system does have that option.
Does this mean that I can't invoke R2014a from the commmand prompt while R2014b is also installed? Do I have to uninstall R2014b in order to call R2014a from the command prompt?

Answers (2)

Rajesh Gangireddy
Rajesh Gangireddy on 17 Jul 2019
I know this thread is super old.
Still i will answer for the ones who stumble here after searching.
I have mutliple versions of matlab ranging from 2013b to 2018, 2013b being default.
To run a command/m file with a particular matlab version, I tried
"C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018b\bin\matlab.exe" -nosplash -nodesktop -minimize -r magic(5)
and it works.
You can run this durectly on cmd prompt or by creating a batch file.
Just replace magic(5) with your m file or command.
  1 Comment
Taylor Gardner
Taylor Gardner on 3 Oct 2022
I was getting an error using "C:\Program Files". Command line didn't like the space. So, I used the short path . . .
That worked for me.

Sign in to comment.

Kouichi Nakamura
Kouichi Nakamura on 6 Apr 2015
Maybe one way to avoid invoking MATLAB R2014b is to temporally remove it from the System Environment Variables? SET PATH command's result contains the following path. I can edit it from Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Environment Variables... > System Environment Variables > Path > Edit...
C:Program Files\MATLAB\R2014b\runtime\win64


Find more on Startup and Shutdown in Help Center and File Exchange


Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!