Simplified MATLAB Install

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


MATLAB Simplified Install


Follow the instructions detailed in Downloading and Installing MATLAB. An outline of these installation steps are as follows:

  1. Create an account at the Mathworks site using your campus email 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 the software from mathworks download site and install.


Activate the software: Add the following content to the network.lic file in the installation

SERVER 27000

On the Client computer, the license file location is $MATLAB\licenses for all platforms. The license file name will be named network.lic

On Mac's this file is located in /Applications/

On Linux systems it is usually located at /usr/local/matlabR2010b/licenses/network.lic (conditional to the install location being /usr/local)

NOTE: Please engage in the Discussion to improve documentation of the above steps.

Installation Help

If you get stuck or have problems with the self-service installation you may contact or for installation or usage issues, (to be added to the license or for installation issues), or Mathworks will want your license number: 678600. If you do not hear back from Mark within one working day then call 4-2009.

You must be faculty, staff, post-doc, or a grad student using Mathworks software for UAB research activities to activate this software.

Common Issues Error when starting MATLAB on a Red Hat / Fedora workstation

When executing 'matlab' on a Red Hat / Fedora workstation you may receive the following error:

'bin/glnxa64/MATLAB: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

The solution is to install the libXp package (this will require root privileges)

$ sudo yum install libXp
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