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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 Apr 2018
Edited by MathWorks Support Team on 6 Apr 2018
 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"
  5. Click "Activate a Computer"
  6. Enter the release you are activating, as well as the operating system, the host ID, the Computer Login Name, and the Activation Label
  7. Choose whether you want to download the license file or have it emailed to you.
  8. If you need to install MATLAB in addition to activating it, save your File Installation Key. The File Installation Key is not required to activate an instance of MATLAB that is already installed.
Once you have generated a license file, you need to launch the activation client to complete the activation process. See the following article for instructions on launching the activation client:
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.


In R2007b and earlier, there is no activation, and MATLAB is installed using a Personal License Passcode or "PLP." Your license administrator can provide you with a PLP. If you are the administrator of your license and have lost your PLP, please contact MathWorks Support to get a replacement:
I do not have a valid host Id as my default network card is burnt and using an external interface to connect to internet. Please let me know how can i skip the host id step
Naitik Shah, please contact Mathworks for free installation support.

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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.


If you are still experiencing this issue, please contact MathWorks support:

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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 Nathan Goedeke on 4 Dec 2018 at 18:24

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.


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