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If I am no longer a student but want to learn MATLAB, what version should I buy?

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If I am no longer a student but want to learn MATLAB to improve my employability, what version should I buy? Apparently I cannot buy the Student Version unless I am enrolled at a degree-awarding institution.
Many thanks, Chris


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 27 Aug 2012
Unfortunately, if you do not qualify for the Student Version, then the only available license for personal use is the full commercial license. There is no "I'm not making any money from this!" license available.
You will probably want to purchase the Individual license (pretty much the default.) That will entitle you to install the software on several machines (e.g., a desktop and a laptop), as long as you are the only person using the software.
There are, however, sometimes cases where it makes sense to instead buy a Node Locked version, which can only be used on a single machine but can be used by anyone on that machine.


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Inna on 30 Aug 2012
I've send them a message, no response yet, but may be you right, i'd better call. Thank you!
Alex Churchill
Alex Churchill on 22 Jun 2015
Although this answer was accurate when it was posted, future visitors should take note of Toshiaki Takeuchi's answer below pointing out the new MATLAB Home personal-use license. As long as you're not doing anything commercial and not using it within an organisation, it should be great for your needs.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 27 Aug 2012

emre iliman
emre iliman on 3 May 2015
I think that's a really stupid policy to require people to obtain a full personal licence in order to learn.


Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 3 May 2015

Oh I wish people like you ran software companies, publishing companies, and universities. It would save me tens of thousands of dollars per year on my son's software, books, college tuition, and other things required to learn. My son should be able to get all that by having the rich one percenters pay for everything - uh, I mean beyond the buildings, institutes, museums, scholarships, and research programs that they already fund. They have enough money to pay for my son's books and MATLAB and everyone else's in the world, right? If you don't want to pay/invest in your learning, then you can try Octave.

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 4 May 2015
Possibly you missed the answer above mentioning the MATLAB Home license; it is much less expensive than a regular license, and is suitable for learning (but is not suitable for earning any money from the software.)

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