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How do I install MATLAB or other MathWorks Products?

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I would like to install a standalone MATLAB and/or other MathWorks product license on my internet-connected computer. How can I do this?

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 29 Jan 2021
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 29 Jan 2021
To install and activate MATLAB, or other MathWorks products, on a machine that has access to the Internet, you require access to a valid license and a copy of the MathWorks installer.
If you have access to a MathWorks license, either you will have the 25-digit activation key for the license, or you will be able to see your MATLAB license on the MathWorks License Center.
To link your MathWorks Account to a license, please see How do I link my MathWorks Account to a license in the License Center?
The following installation instructions are for:
  • R2020a and newer
  • R2019b and older
  • RoadRunner
R2020a and newer:
  1. Download the MathWorks Installer from the MathWorks website.
  2. Start the Installer. On the first screen, you will be prompted to sign into your MathWorks Account.  Enter your MathWorks account credentials, then select Sign In. If you do not have an account, select Create Account. If you receive a connection error or you are prompted for the File Installation Key, see the Related Solution, Why do I get a Connection error when installing or activating MATLAB or another MathWorks products?
  3. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  4. Select a license or enter an Activation Key, then click Next. If one or more license numbers are listed, select the license number you would like to install. If you have an Activation Key, and you do not see the desired license number listed, select the radio button for "Enter Activation Key," enter the Activation Key, then click Next.
  5. (For Individual licenses only) Confirm the user and computer username (login name).  For Individual licenses, only one user may use the license. Enter the Licensed End User's first name, last name, and email.  The computer username (login name) will be automatically filled in with the user name of the user currently logged in.  You may change the user name by selecting the pencil icon (only recommended if the software will be running on a different user account). Click Next to continue.
  6. Select the destination folder, then click Next.  The installer displays the recommended destination location.
  7. (For Network licenses only) Browse to the server license file.  For information on obtaining the server license file, see the Related Solution, How do I install a MATLAB client for a network license?
  8. Select the products you wish to install, then click Next.
  9. Select installation options, then click Next.
  10. Confirm the selecting information, then select Begin install.
R2019b and older:
  1. Download the MathWorks Installer for the required release from the MathWorks website.
  2. Start the installer. On the first screen, choose the first option, “Log in with a MathWorks Account” and click Next. 
  3. Accept the license agreement and click Next. If you receive a connection error, see the Related Solution, Why do I get a Connection error when installing or activating MATLAB or another MathWorks products?
  4. On the next screen, you will be asked to log in to your MathWorks Account or create one if you don’t have one. Enter your MathWorks credentials, then click Next. If you do not know your account password, click the “Forgot your password” link. If you do not have an account, choose accordingly.
  5. Choose if you wish to install or only download the software.
  6. Select a license or enter an Activation Key, then click Next. If one or more license numbers are listed, select the license number you would like to install. If you have an Activation Key, and you do not see the desired license number listed, select the radio button for "Enter Activation Key," enter the Activation Key, then click Next. If you elected to create a MathWorks account in Step 3, you will be asked for an Activation Key.
  7. Choose an installation folder. The installer displays the recommended default location.
  8. (For Network licenses only) Browse to the server license file.  For information on obtaining the server license file, see the Related Solution, How do I install a MATLAB client for a network license?
  9. Select the products you wish to install and click Next.
  10. Confirm all other installation options and proceed with the installation.
  11. After the file copy process is complete, verify the options on the file associations screen when prompted.
  12. Installation is now complete. When prompted, continue to the Activation stage by clicking Next.
Activation: After the installation, confirm the activation of the software on the computer.
Individual only: A Licensed End User must be specified in order to complete the activation. If you are the Licensed End User, choose “I will use the software” and confirm the user name (login name), which is automatically filled in with the name of the user currently logged in.
If you would like to designate someone else as the end user, click “Someone Else” and enter their name, email, and Computer username. To conclude the activation process, review the activation details and click Activate.
A video walk-through of how to install MATLAB R2019b and older can be found in this link:
RoadRunner
For an overview on installing and licensing RoadRunner, please refer to the RoadRunner documentation:
https://www.mathworks.com/help/roadrunner/ug/install-and-activate-roadrunner.html?s_tid=srchtitle
Contact us
If you need further assistance, please contact MathWorks support and attach your MATLAB installation log file

More Answers (9)


Gowtham B
Gowtham B on 28 Mar 2020
how to get my licence
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 28 Mar 2020
If you have access to a MATLAB license, either you will have the 25-digit activation key for the license, or you will be able to see your MATLAB license on the MathWorks License Center.

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Stefan Fratila
Stefan Fratila on 7 Sep 2020
Edited: Walter Roberson on 7 Sep 2020
The number of my license is 4XXXXXXXX
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 7 Sep 2020
We recommend against posting license numbers in public.
It is not clear what your question is?

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Olalowo Olaleye
Olalowo Olaleye on 7 Oct 2020
Hi Matlab Support,
Kindly help me out. I am installing a trial version of R2020B and I am getting the prompt to 'enter file installation key'. Please help me how to progress from here as I am just installing a trial version.
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Colin Fraser
Colin Fraser on 14 Oct 2020
If you are still experiencing this issue, please create a service request below.
-Colin Fraser

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Anthony Serrano Torres
Anthony Serrano Torres on 2 Dec 2020
buenas noches acaba de adquirir matlab, pero no se donde se ecuentra la licencia que le corresponde. gracias.

Peter Norbury
Peter Norbury on 3 Dec 2020
Hello MATLAB support,
I'm getting an issue when attempting an install of R2020b
Nothing happens when clicking on the 'Click here' in the error window.
Please advise what I need to do
Thanks

Hassane Abouaissa
Hassane Abouaissa on 18 Dec 2020
Why I have Matlab2019 b instead 2020b ?

Michael Van Hoecke
Michael Van Hoecke on 28 Feb 2021
Where do I find Activation Key when purchasing student version.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Mar 2021
If you purchase directly from Mathworks then it will be emailed to you.

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Kenneth Lewis
Kenneth Lewis on 21 May 2021
Mathworks Support Team
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 21 May 2021
The Mathworks Support Team does not usually read postings. Postings are mostly answered by volunteers. If you need to bring something to the attention of Mathworks Support Team you should open a case.

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