How do I install MATLAB downloaded from Community Hub?


The Community Hub MATLAB download is a compressed zip file meant for Purdue IT groups to use to deploy MATLAB to their University-owned computers.   For self-managed University or personally-owned machines please use Purdue's Mathworks portal at  Installation support is also available on the portal.


The Community Hub MATLAB download for IT deployment includes the following items:

  • Installation Files (A .dmg file for Mac, an ISO file for Linux, and an installation folder for Windows)
  • A license.dat file
  • A key.txt text file with the File Installation Key
  • An instructions.txt file that contains the URL to this article.

To begin installation, be sure to completely extract the contents of the downloaded zip file to a temporary location on your computer's hard drive.  Make note of this location.

Open the 'key.txt' text file with the File Installation key.  Be ready to copy and paste the text in this file when prompted during MATLAB installation.   

NOTE:  For Linux installation, you will need to follow the procedures for your distribution to mount all ISO files extracted from the download, with execute permissions.

  1. Go to the location you extracted the files from your Community Hub download and launch the Matlab Installation program:
    1. On Windows, open the install folder and launch 'setup.exe'
    2. On Mac, launch the .dmg file.
    3. On Linux, go to the ISO in terminal and type ./install &

      When prompted, select 'Use a File Installation Key'.  Then click the 'Next' button.
  2. Review the Mathworks MATLAB License Agreement.  If you agree to the terms, select 'Yes' and then click the 'Next' button.
  3. Next, you will enter the File Installation Key provided to you.  Select the radio button 'I have the File Installation Key for my license', then paste or enter the key in the text box, and click 'Next'.
    File Installation Key
  4. You will then be prompted to enter the path where you would like MATLAB installed on your system.  You should keep the default, and simply click the 'Next'  button.
  5. Select the products to install with Matlab.  If you need to conserve space and know that you will not need a certain module, it can be unchecked.  Make sure needed modules are checked.  The defaults are usually what most users require.  Click 'Next' to continue.
    NOTE:  Do not check the License Manager option.  Selecting this will cause your Matlab installation to fail.
  6. The MATLAB installation program will then prompt you for the license.dat file provided to you.  Click the 'Browser' button, locate the folder or directory where you extracted your downloaded zip, and select the 'license.dat' file.  Then click the 'Next' button.
    License File Location​​​​​​​
  7. You will then be prompted with a few more option screens.  Select the options to your preference, and click the 'Next' button. You will then be prompted for confirmation.  Click the 'Install' button.
  8. MATLAB and its sub-products will then be installed on your system.  Once the process completes, click the 'Finish' button.


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