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Personal Computer Installation

Individual employee and student users at UT Dallas can install a standalone copy on non-networked systems, laptops, and home systems.

The license number for all UTD users is 706581. In order to use a standalone license, also known as "Designated Computer Activation," you must set up a Mathworks Account using your [email protected] email address and send a notification to [email protected]

TAH license administrators will associate your account with the university’s license. Once your account is associated with the license you will be able to activate your software upon installation.

Mathworks accounts can be set up at

Network licenses should be used for fixed-location networked on-campus computers as is current practice, such as for computer labs. This allows the license to be centrally managed.

Download and Install Matlab

  1. Create a MathWorks Account using your university email address:
  2. Email [email protected] and notify them that you have created your account. Your account will then be manually added to the university license. This may take a few days to perform.
  3. Go to the License Center
  4. Click Add License in the upper right hand corner
  5. Choose Associate by Activation Key and click Continue
  6. When prompted to do so, enter the Activation Key
    • Students, Faculty and Staff: 706581
  7. Go to
  8. Click the download button for the current release
  9. Click the installer button to download the installer
  10. Locate the installer you downloaded in a file browser. It should be located in the default download location, unless you specified another location. The name of the installer file is:
    • Windows: matlab_<release>_win64.exe
    • Mac OS X: matlab_<release>
    Where <release> represents the release number.
  11. Start the installer:
    • Windows: Double-click the installer file you downloaded in the previous step. The Windows Self-Extractor runs, and then the installer starts.
    • Mac OS X: Double-click the installer file you downloaded in the previous step. This action extracts the files and creates another folder called matlab_<release>_maci64, where <release> represents the release number. Inside this folder, double-click InstallForMacOSX to start the installer.
  12. In the MathWorks installer, select Log in with a MathWorks Account and follow the online instructions
  13. When prompted to do so, select the license you want to use
  14. Select the products you want to download and install
  15. After downloading and installing your products, keep the Activate MATLAB checkbox selected and click Next
  16. When asked to provide a user name, verify that the displayed user name is correct. Continue with the process until activation is complete

Access Matlab Remotely – Windows

Step 1

  • Download and install Xming and Xming Fonts.
  • Run Xming to start the PC X Server. The "X" icon should be visible on the Windows Taskbar
Note: By default both programs will be installed into the same location, so don’t worry about over writing files. It cannot work without both packages

Step 2

  • Connect to the VPN if not on a campus computer or connected to Cometnet
  • Download and run Putty
  • Under Session, enter the hostname you want to connect to: on port 22. Make sure the connection type is ssh.

Step 3

  • Scroll to Connection > SSH > X11. Check the box next to "Enable X11 Forwarding". By default "X Display location" enter localhost:0. The remote authentication should be set to MIT-Magic-Cookie-1
  • Click Open to bring up the terminal
Note: You can save your session settings and load it each time you want to connect from the Session section.

Step 4

  • Log in with your NetID and password (Password will be in silent keystrokes, no text will appear in Terminal)
  • Type matlab & and press Enter

Access Matlab Remotely – Mac OS X

Step 1

  • Download XQuartz
  • Open XQuartz to start the PC X Server

Step 2

  • Connect to the VPN if not on a campus computer or connected to Cometnet
  • Open Terminal and type ssh -X [email protected]
  • Press Enter

Step 3

  • Enter your password (Will be in silent keystrokes, no text will appear in Terminal)
  • Type matlab &and press Enter


We have licensed the following toolboxes as part of the MATLAB agreement.

The following toolboxes are currently available. This list is re-evaluated annually. Every Summer the list is reviewed and a collection of toolboxes are selected for the following year. The license is renewed every August 1. If you would like to suggest a toolbox, please send an email to [email protected].

  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Communications System Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Database Toolbox
  • Datafeed Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox
  • Embedded Coder
  • Financial Instruments
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Compiler SDK
  • MATLAB Report Generator
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • Phased Array System Toolbox
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robotic Systems Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • SimBiology
  • SimRF
  • Simscape Driveline
  • Simscape Electronics
  • Simscape Power Systems
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Simulink Real-Time
  • Simulink Report Generator
  • Standard Suite
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Trading Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox

Help & Guides

An extensive collection of help tutorials are available online.