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Running MATLAB in headless mode.

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Keith on 12 Dec 2017
Edited: Patrick King on 19 Feb 2019
Is there a way to run MATLAB in headless mode when you don't have the Parallel Computing Toolbox (PCT)? I have used the PCT in the past and it's really nice when I have had to create and save a large number of plots that they can be batched and run in a headless mode. Is there a way to run MATLAB in headless mode without the PCT?


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Edric Ellis
Edric Ellis on 13 Dec 2017
On UNIX platforms, you can use matlab -nodisplay (there's no equivalent on Windows).


Keith on 13 Dec 2017
This starting option will allow me to create and save plots with out having them displayed? Do you know if this will also work is running MATLAB through an SSH client to a UNIX machine?
Patrick King
Patrick King on 19 Feb 2019
I've recently been working on a similar project, I have some Matlab code which creates figures that I wish to run in headless mode. So, I ran a little experiment, and configured a Linux VM to boot to a terminal, with none of the graphical user interface services running.
Running my Matlab program, which creates figures and creates files based on their content, seems to work just fine in this environment. If it works in a local terminal login, it should work just fine over SSH as well. (Probably!)
I realize this question was asked some time ago, I'm commenting in the hope that someone in the future will find this helpful.

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