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Installing MATLAB on Windows

  • Difficulty Level : Expert
  • Last Updated : 30 May, 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.

In this article, we will see how to download and install MATLAB on windows

System Requirements:

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

  • Operating system: Windows 7(service pack 1), Windows 10 or higher.
  • Processor: Any Intel or AMD x86-64 processor
  • RAM required: At least 4 GB of RAM is required
  • Disk Space: MATLAB installation may take up to 31 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:

Windows 64 bit: matlab_R20XXx_win64.exe
Windows 32 bit: matlab_R20XXx_win32.exe
Mac: matlab_R20XXx_maci64.zip
Linux: matlab_R20XXx_glnxa64.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:



MathWorks License Agreement Window

Step 2: After reading the terms and conditions click on “Yes” and then press Next.

Step 3: Then a window asking for the installation key and License file will appear key them ready beforehand so that you can complete the setup in one go without arranging the elements. 

Note: Format of Instlllation key is a combination of 30 digits as xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Step 4: After you have entered the Installation key, it will require a license file that will be extracted with the setup if you have purchased the software so give the location of that file to continue the installation.

Step 5: When the Installation key and the License file are verified it will ask you for the location you want to install it on.

Note: Install it in the C:/ directory to avoid any problem in future

Step 6: For the final step before installation selects 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.

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 on your windows, and you can use it to its fullest.

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