Matlab Activation

Please note the type of license your ordered via the software.caltech.edu webstore. Network licenses use "file installation keys" whereas standalone/single-machine licenses use "activation keys". 

Matlab Network Activation

Matlab Single Machine/Standalone Activation

Converting a Network Installation to a Single Machine/Standalone Installation

Matlab License Renewal


Matlab Network Installation:

  • MATLAB network installations require a license file to run, which can be downloaded from the link provided in your software.caltech.edu Matlab purchase receipt.
  • MATLAB network installations require a Caltech network connection. If using Matlab from off-campus, please use VPN. If using a single machine/standalone installation, you do not need a network connection, but you will need to reactivate annually.
  1. Download the license.dat file to your Desktop from the link provided in your software.caltech.edu Matlab purchase receipt.
    • Hover over link and right click to Save As.
    • Mac users may need to update the file extension to remove .txt that is automatically appended. To do this, select the license.dat.txt file and press Apple-I to Get Info. Then remove the .txt extension and close window.
  2. Launch the installer to begin installation.
  3. Select 'Use File Installation Key (No internet connection required)'.
  4. Agree to the License Agreement.
  5. Enter the File Installation Key (75 numbers long) from your software.caltech.edu purchase receipt.
  6. Enter the full path to the installation folder.
  7. Select the products to install. By default, all products are selected.
  8. Select typical or custom installation.
  9. When asked for the license file, browse to the license.dat file on your Desktop.
  10. Continue with the installation process.
  11. If asked to start the license manager, choose NO.
  12. If Matlab is already installed on your machine and you only need to Activate (via Start > Matlab > R201x > Activate):
    • Select the option to 'Activate manually without the Internet'.
    • Enter the full path to the license file, linked from your software.caltech.edu purchase receipt
    • Click Finish

Matlab Standalone/Single Machine Installation:

  1. Launch the Matlab installer. When prompted, choose the option to 'Login with a MathWorks Account (Requires an internet connection)'.
  2. Agree to the license agreement and click Next.
  3. Either login with your existing MathWorks.com account or create a new account if you don't already have an account.
    • If creating a new account, enter your information into the required fields and click Next.
    • You need to confirm your Mathworks account before proceeding. Check your email and click on the link to confirm your account. Then return to this installation window and click Next.
  4. Choose to Install or Download only.
  5. If your account is already associated with our campus license, you can simply Select a License (first radio option).
  6. Otherwise, select the second radio option and enter the 25-digit activation key provided on your software.caltech.edu purchase receipt. Note that for standalone installations, you MUST provide the activation key associated with a Single Machine license orders. The key provided for Network license orders will not work for the standalone installation.
  7. Specify the installation folder and click Next.
  8. Select the products to install. By default, all products are selected.
  9. Select desired installation options and proceed with the installation. Click Install.
  10. If Matlab is already installed on your machine and you only need to Activate (via Start > Matlab > R201x > Activate):
    • Select the option to 'Activate automatically using the Internet'.
    • Proceed with steps 3, 5, and 6 above.

Converting a Network Installation to a Single-Machine/Standalone Installation

  1. Launch your existing Matlab network installation. From the Help menu, choose Licensing, and then Activate Software. You can also get here via Start > Matlab > R201x > Activate.
  2. When prompted, choose the option to Install using the Internet.
  3. If you have an existing Mathworks Account, enter your email address and password. Otherwise, choose the option to create an Account.
  4. To create a Mathworks account, enter your personal information to create a Mathworks account. Enter the activation key provided from your software.caltech.edu purchase receipt. Note that for standalone installation, you MUST provide the activation key associated with a Single Machine license orders. The key provided for Network license orders will not work for the standalone installation.
  5. If you have an existing Mathworks account, select the option to Enter an Activation Key for a license not listed. Enter the activation key provided from your software.caltech.edu purchase receipt. Note that for standalone installation, you MUST provide the activation key associated with a Single Machine license orders. The key provided for Network license orders will not work for the standalone installation. Click Next to continue.
  6. Confirm your activation settings and click Activate.
  7. Matlab activation is complete. You may now use Matlab without a network connection.