Can I sell a matlab app designer application?

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Hi eveyrone.
I am grauduate student in structural engineering. And one of the highlights of my reaserch is to build a calculation tool and distribute it to engineers, students and structural engineering design offices. (I chose to build this tool on matlab app designer, because it gives the option to share the app with people who do not have matlab).
My question is, is it possible for me sell this tool to interested parties. if so what are the terms?
Also, If it is a problem to make profit from this tool, is it still ok to distribute it , for free, to other companies for commercial use.
Thank you.
Best regards,

Answers (1)

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Feb 2019
The App Designer does not give the ability to share (usefully) with people who do not have MATLAB (or at least octave.)
There is more than one kind of "packaging" in MATLAB.
  1. One of the kinds bundles together source code to make it easier to handle groups of routines; because it is working with source code, the recipient needs MATLAB to execute the result.
  2. The other kind of packaging needs MATLAB Compiler, or MATLAB Coder to create executables, or MATLAB Compiler SDK to create libraries (such as for calling by Java or .NET). The output of those three toolboxes does not need MATLAB to execute.
Student license: NO selling, but you can give away your source. MATLAB Compiler and MATLAB Compiler SDK are not available with Student license; MATLAB Coder is available, but only for the purpose of completing course requirements, which would exclude giving away the result to commercial entities.
Home license: NO selling, but you can give away your source. None of MATLAB Compiler, MATLAB Compiler SDK, or MATLAB Coder are available for Home license.
Education license: You can give away your source. Selling is not exactly permitted, but in cases where the educational institution operates on a strict "cost centre" model, it is potentially possible that Mathworks could be convinced to permit internal funds transfers for providing software. MATLAB Compiler, MATLAB Compiler SDK, and MATLAB Coder are all available to Education license.
Standard (Commercial / Professional) license: sell or give away to your heart's content. MATLAB Compiler, MATLAB Compiler SDK, and MATLAB Coder are all available to Standard license (at fairly high cost!)

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