Matlab License and Install, Updating a License

To download, install and license Matlab (updating, see below): 

Create a Mathworks Account at  Click on Create Account at the bottom of the login page.  Use your Dartmouth email address.  Log In in the upper right corner of the page. 

Next, associate your account with Dartmouth's site license.  See for details 

Back at the Mathworks web page, click on the account icon in the top right hand corner of the web page and select "My Account", and click the link to associate to a license.  

Next, download the software by navigating to 

  • Run the installer, sign in with Mathworks account if asked, accept the license agreement, and follow the instructions on the screen through the steps:
    • Select license MATLAB (Individual)
    • Enter users Mathworks account email address and specify the installation folder
    • Select products (caution, select all is a very large install) select MATLAB and any toolboxes (click at top to select/unselect all)
    • Click through by clicking “Next” and then “Begin Install”  

On the Product Selection screen, install Matlab choose the software you need.  Depending on the software selections, Matlab installation may require as much as 30 GB of space.  If you are a student in a class using Matlab, you could ask your professor which toolboxes are necessary. Some commonly used toolboxes include: Curve Fitting, Image Processing, Optimization, Parallel Computing, Statistics and Machine Learning. If you are in doubt about which toolboxes to install, you can install just Matlab and rerun the installer at a later time to install additional toolboxes.

When the installation is completed, the Matlab software will be activated. You have a stand-alone license so that you can run Matlab without being connected to the internet. The license will expire each year on June 30th and you will need to reactivate it after Dartmouth renews its site license each June.  Other license options include Student, Campus and Concurrent.  

Updating a license: 

Open Matlab, and click the "Home" tab at the top of the application.  On the "Home" tab, click the "Help" button with the question mark icon on it at the top right of the Matlab window.  From the menu that drops down, go to Licensing->Update Current Licenses.  You must be connected to the Internet in order to update the license.

When the Mathworks License Update window comes up, select the license that is listed.  After selecting the license, click on the Update button and confirm that you want to update the license. You will see an Update Complete window and then click the Ok button. 

If no license numbers are listed, see and for more information.


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