MATLAB Self-Serve Installation

Eligible users can install MATLAB themselves using the following instructions.  These steps assume you have administrator rights on your system.  If you do not have local administrator rights you will not be able to install MATLAB.  If you are on a supported BSOE computer and do not have administrator rights, you should request help with the installation through the IT Request ticketing system.

Access to the BSOE MATLAB license is restricted to BSOE staff, faculty, students in declared BSOE majors or minors, or students currently enrolled in BSOE classes.

  1. In a web browser, connect to and log in with your CruzID Blue credentials.
  2. If you are not able to access that location but you are enrolled in a BSOE course or are otherwise affiliated with BSOE, please e-mail for assistance.
  3. Navigate to the directory for the version of MATLAB that you would like to install (e.g. r2016b).
  4. You will see a set of files including license.dat, file-installation-key.txt and some compressed archives containing the installation files for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
  5. Download the zip or tar archive for your operating system along with the license.dat and file-installation-key.txt files.
  6. Decompress the archive you downloaded and navigate to the directory that is unpacked.  Note that you must extract the files from the archive before running the installation binary so that it is able to find them during installation.  Your installation will be incomplete if the installer is run from the archive.
  7. Run the installer for your platform; the Windows installer is setup.exe, the MacOS installer is InstallForMacOSX, and the Linux installer is the script named install.
  8. Choose "Install without internet" and enter the file installation key from file-installation-key.txt when prompted, then select the license.dat file when prompted.
  9. When installation has completed you can freely delete the installation files that you downloaded.

Please note that if you are not on the BSOE network, either because you are off campus or in another part of campus, you will also need to connect to the UCSC VPN service before you will be able to check out a license and run MATLAB.