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How do I activate MATLAB without an internet connection?

How do I activate MATLAB on a computer that is not connected to the internet (i.e. how do I activate manually)?

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 6 Aug 2019
Edited by MathWorks Support Team on 6 Aug 2019
 Accepted Answer

Before you can activate MATLAB on a computer that is not connected to the internet, you must obtain your Host ID and possibly your login name, depending on your license type.
To obtain your Host ID, follow the instructions in this article:
What is a Host ID? How do I find my Host ID in order to activate my license?
Login Name is required for Individual or Student licenses. To obtain your Login Name, follow the instructions in this article:
How do I find my computer username in order to activate my license?
After obtaining your Host ID and/or Login Name:
  1. Go to the License Center:
  2. Click the license number you wish to activate under "My Software." If you do not see your license number, click "View additional Licenses or Trials" in the bottom right hand corner.
  3. Click the "Install and Activate" tab
  4. Click "Activate to Retrieve License File" or "Activate a Computer"
  5. Enter the release you are activating, as well as the operating system, the host ID, the Computer Login Name, and the Activation Label
  6. Download the license file and copy the File Installation Key
  7. Launch the MATLAB activation client and select "Activate manually without the internet."
  8. Browse to the license file
  9. Select finish
  10. Start MATLAB
You need to be a License Administrator to activate a network license. Please is the following article for more information:
How do I activate MATLAB?
However, instead of selecting "Activate automatically using the internet," select "Activate manually without the internet" and provide the path to the license file you downloaded earlier. This completes the activation process.


Naitik Shah, please contact Mathworks for free installation support.
HI i used MATLAB for school only so i usualy get trials...last time i activated a licence was 3 months ago and today i tried to to activate it again and i couldnt...i log in on mathworks site i go to licence but nowere i have animore the install and activate option. i tried to do it with my account but i get error 1.731. i have matlab 2017a. What should i do?

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Answer by Amy Meader on 5 Nov 2016

I would seriously like customer service or help center or whomever to try and follow your own directions. I give up.


Ditto (directions don't work)
If you are still experiencing this issue, please contact MathWorks support:

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Answer by Nathan Goedeke on 4 Dec 2018

I solved the issue mentioned in the comments: DO NOT run the Matlab Activation Client
Matlab must have changed the activation client GUI but never bothered to update their FAQ.
After you complete steps 1-8 in the official answer, do the following additional steps:
  1. Copy the downloaded liscence file to the following directory (using Windows): C:\Program Files (x86)\MATLAB\{version}\licenses
  2. Delete any other liscence file already in that directory
Now you can start Matlab, and this time the activation client will not run. You do not, repeat, DO NOT need to run the activation client.


This saved me! Worked perfect.

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Answer by Shamoon Shahid on 24 Feb 2017

what is this you are irritating a man who download you software


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Answer by yingying wang on 22 Feb 2017

View additional Licenses or Trials


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Answer by omar ElewA on 9 Mar 2017

in the second step where is "my software" or where is "View additional Licenses or Trials" ?? you are telling things that are not exist I'm spending one hour for installing this program and no progress

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You should see the license right on that page that is linked on step one. If you have several licenses and do not see it, then there will be a "View additional licenses or trials" button. If you need assistance please contact MathWorks Support.

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Answer by Thomas Vincent on 15 Jan 2019

Note that the host ID for matlab 2008b (and most surely up to matlab 2013), is resolved from the MAC of eth0 (and no other) on linux.
Recent linux have different interface name instead of eth0.
It is not indicated, but you should reboot after reconfiguring grub at the end of the instructions.


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Answer by yingrong luo on 6 Sep 2019

For student in china,maybe you can try using VPN


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I can't install MATLAB following these ofline instructions.
I've got a license.lic. Where I have to put license.lic file? in _temp_matlab_R2019a_win64 folder?
After write my File Installation Key it shows next message:
'Using a File Installation Key requires you run the installer from a MATLAB DVD or from a directory which contains files previously downloaded via the installer.
To obtain the missing files, click Back on the previous screen and select Log in with a MathWorks Account or contact your MATLAB license administrator. '
What can I do?


That I've said in may last comment, i've tried with both setup.exe aflter run matlab_R2019a_win64.exe and the result is the same. I
Contact Mathworks for free installation support.

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