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Installing MATLAB on MacOS

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 04 Jul, 2021

MATLAB stands for “Matrix Laboratory” and it is a numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. designed by Math Works, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, and FORTRAN.

Now, we will see how to download and install MATLAB on MacOS.

System Requirements :

For Installation of MATLAB your system must satisfy the following minimum requirements :

  • Operating system: macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), or macOS High Sierra (10.13.6).
  • Processor: Any Intel x86-64 processor
  • RAM required: At least 4 GB of RAM is required
  • Disk Space: MATLAB installation may take up to 27 GB of disk space

If your system completes the above minimum requirement then you can install MATLAB on your system else you have to upgrade your system before the installation of MATLAB.

Download Process:

Step 1: Go to your Mathworks account homepage.



Step 2: Locate the License you would like to download products for in the list.

Step 3: Click the downwards-pointing blue arrow on the same row as the license in question.

Step 4: Click the blue button on the left to download the latest release of MATLAB you have access to, or select an older license in the menu on the right.

Step 5: Choose the platform you need the installer for.

Step 6: If prompted by your browser to Run or Save the installer choose to save.

Step 7: Locate the installer in a file browser. It should be located in the default download location unless you specified another location. The installer will be named:

Mac: matlab_R20XXx_maci64.zip

Installation Process:

To begin with the installation process you must have downloaded the MATLAB setup.

Step 1: After the extraction of the setup, an application named ‘setup’ with MATLAB icon will appear. Click on that application the following window will appear asking for your account (If you don’t already have an account create at the time of installation):



Step 2: After filling in your account details you need to read the terms and conditions and if you agree with them then fill in “Yes” and click on the next button to proceed further.

Step 3: Later you will be asked for the license to install and run the application. You have two options for the verification of the license either you attach the License file from your system or you fill in the Activation key for the verification of the license.

Note: You will need an active internet connection for verification of license using the activation key

Step 4: Then after the verification of the License you will be asked for the destination where the setup is to be installed , you can either change it or keep the same as per your preference.

Step 5: Now you are asked to fill the products you want to use in your MATLAB. You should probably select all services in case you want to use some service in the future. Then click on next.

Step 6: For the final step you will be asked whether you want to share the experience information to Mathworks .

Step 7: After that wait for the installation process to be finished and then open the MATLAB application installed to confirm the proper functioning for the first time. 

Now the MATLAB is successfully installed in your system. 

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