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This page covers the steps involved to install Mathworks software on an individual computer. This type of installation is termed a Designated Computer install. Designated Computer installations are completely stand alone installations and are individually activated for each computer. This install type is required if the computers that will run MATLAB are not connected to the campus network when MATLAB is in use, eg. a laptop that you use on and off campus. It is also an acceptable installation choice when maintaining Mathworks software on a small number of computers, however, you may find the Simplified MATLAB Install easier to maintain for any on-campus computers.

The Designated Computer install is generally not practical when a large number of computers need to be maintained, since the overhead of managing individual authorizations for each computer is too high. For example, when you are responsible for maintaining many computers in a lab or department or when you simply don't want to take on the responsibility for maintaining license authorizations for your installation. In the latter case, the Simplified MATLAB Install may be your preferred option.


how to install the software

The following instructions apply to dedicated standalone installations.

Please see the MATLAB application page for more information and a general overview of MATLAB and its use at UAB.

In order to install and activate the software, end users need Mathworks accounts. Create a Mathworks account at with your official UAB email address ( Students will not be able to install and activate the software. They are free to use the products on any computer on campus after it is installed and activated. For the purposes of this license, graduate students and post-docs are considered staff when using the software in the course of research.

Users will need an activation key to associate their Mathworks accounts with the license. You can get the activation key from the UAB IT software site. See get a UAB Mathworks key for instructions. You only need to request the key once.

After your account has been associated with the license, download, install, and activate the software following the instructions below.

installation overview

  1. Create a Mathworks account using your address if you do not have one already.
  2. Request an activation key.
  3. Associate to the campus-wide license using your activation key.
  4. Download and install the MATLAB software.
  5. Activate the software.

This is a standalone license, so MATLAB can be used off of the network.

installation, more detailed version

A detailed description of the installation process is in the end-user section of the TAH admin guide: TAH Admin Guide

These instructions are paraphrased below:

  1. You must have a MathWorks account with an email address as the user name. You can use an existing Mathworks account, but the e-mail address used for the account must include the university’s e-mail domain and the account must be set up for academic use. To create an account at the MathWorks web site, click the Create Account link. When you create the account, make sure to set it up for academic use (under How will you use this software).
  2. Get an Activation Key. See Get a UAB Mathworks key.
  3. To download the software, you must associate your MathWorks Account with the TAH Campus license, using the Activation Key. You can associate with a license using the License Center at the MathWorks Web site. To associate with a license at the License Center, follow these instructions:
    1. Go to the MathWorks Web site and log in to your MathWorks Account.
    2. On the My Account page, click Manage Licenses.
    3. On the My Licenses page, click Add License (top right hand of page).
    4. In the Associate dialog box, enter the Activation Key of the TAH Campus license. Get a UAB Mathworks key
  4. Follow these instructions to install the product files
    1. Go to the MathWorks Web site and log in to your MathWorks Account. On the My Account page, under My Downloads click Get Licensed Products and Updates. (For now, if you do not have download rights, contact or one of the other Admins and we will change the permissions. Put MATLAB TAH in the subject line.)
    2. Select your products and download them.
    3. Start the MathWorks installer specific to your platform.
      • Windows: Double-click the setup.exe file.
      • Macintosh: Double-click the InstallForMacOSX file.
      • Linux/Unix: Run the script.
    4. Choose to install automatically using the Internet in the Installer Welcome dialog box.
    5. Review the software license agreement and click Next.
    6. Log in to your MathWorks Account, specifying your university e-mail address and password, and click Next. If you have not created an account, select the I need to create a MathWorks Account option and click Next. If you are creating a new account, enter your university e-mail address, first name, and last name in the Account Creation dialog box. When you create an account you must also specify the Activation Key of the TAH Campus license. (see Get a UAB Mathworks key) Click Next.
    7. Specify the license you want to install in the License Selection dialog box.
      • If you have already associated your account with the TAH Campus license at the License Center, select the license from the list of licenses.
      • If you have the Activation Key for the TAH Campus license, select the Enter an Activation Key for a license not listed option and enter the Activation Key.
      • If you created an account in the previous step, you already specified the Activation Key, so the installer skips this step.
    8. After specifying the TAH Campus license, click Next.
    9. Select the Typical option in the Installation Type dialog box. This ensures that all products on the TAH Campus license get installed.
    10. Specify the folder in which you want to install the software in the Installation Folder dialog box and click Next.
    11. Confirm your choices and click Install.
    12. When the MathWorks installer finishes, it displays the Installation Complete dialog box. In this dialog box, you can choose to activate the software you just installed. You cannot use the software until you activate it. The MathWorks recommends activating immediately after installation. If you want to activate later in a separate process, clear the option and click Next. To proceed with activation, leave the option selected and click Next.
  5. Activate the software. If you chose to let the installer launch the activation application, the application can skip several of the steps outlined below because the installer passes the information to the activation application.
    1. In the Activation Welcome dialog box, click Next.
    2. Log in to your MathWorks Account and click Next.
    3. Select the license you want to activate and click Next.
    4. Specify the Activation Key in the Activation Key dialog box and click Next.
    5. Confirm your activation information in the Confirmation dialog box and click Activate to activate the software.
    6. Complete the activation process by clicking Finish in the Activation Complete dialog box.

Your software is now ready to use.

installation help

If you get stuck or have problems with the self-service installation then follow the steps below. You must be faculty, staff, post-doc, or a grad student using Mathworks software for UAB research activities to activate this software.

  1. Contact to be added to the license. Put matlab in the subject line of your email or Mark may not read it. He will need your email address to confirm affiliation.
  2. Download the software from mathworks download site.
  3. install

Contact or Mathworks will want your license number: 678600. We want this process to be as painless as possible. If you do not hear back from Mark within one working day then call 4-2009.

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