How to install/upgrade Matlab

The information on this page is for current CCAR members only. If you belong to another department, please contact your CSR or OIT directly for support.

CU Boulder Matlab site license

All Matlab licenses for CU Boulder run from January 1st to January 1st. Each year the license must be renewed by OIT or CCAR support. Typically in early to mid December, we can start to renew licenses for the next year. Notice will be sent out via the CCARUSERS mailing list.

Option #1: Direct Support

For all CCAR managed systems, CCAR support will handle all installs and upgrades of Matlab.

For all non-managed systems, you are welcome to drop off your computer and CCAR support will handle the install and licensing of Matlab. Please note, the install takes time as Matlab is a huge program. Please be willing to leave your system with CCAR support for at least one day to handle the install.

Option #2: License only

To save our time and yours, you can handle the install of Matlab yourself but first we'll need to generate a license for you. Please follow these directions:
- To generate a license specific for your system, the following information is needed.

The operating system you are using

The HOSTID of the system.

- To find the HOSTID of your computer, please do the following:
For Windows - The HOSTID is also known as the MAC address
To obtain the MAC Address, Go to Start -> Accessories -> Then right click on Command Prompt.
Select "Open as Administrator". In the new window that opens, type the following command:
getmac
Use the first Physical Address listed (ex. 00-11-22-aa-bb-cc).

For Mac OS X - the HOSTID is the MAC Address of the built in Ethernet device (en0). To obtain this value, use Terminal in /Applications/Utilities and run the command:
ifconfig en0
The HOSTID is listed on the third line next to the word "ether".

For Linux - the HOSTID is the MAC Address of the eth0 device (first Ethernet device). To obtain this value, run the following command in a Terminal window:
/sbin/ifconfig eth0
The host ID will be the value listed next to the tag "HWaddr".

- Once you send the HOSTID and Operating System type to us, CCAR support will generate a license file and email you everything you need to complete the install of Matlab on your system.

- Once you have the licensing email from CCAR support, you can download and install Matlab.

Also, please review the Matlab 2015a System Requirements to make sure your computer can run this version. If it cannot, please contact CCAR Support and we'll help determine which version is compatible with your system.

Please email CCAR Support for the location of the Matlab installers

For Windows:
To run the installer for Matlab on Windows, you'll need a program called Virtual Clone drive to mount the Matlab ISO file. You can download Virtual Clone Drive HERE

Once Virtual clone drive is installed, double click the Matlab ISO file you downloaded and it will mount in Windows just like if you put a DVD into the DVD drive. If the installer does not start automatically, double click this drive and run the main Matlab installer.

Once the installer is running, follow the directions and make sure to select "Install without using the internet" on the first screen of the installer. From that point on, the directions are clear and straightforward. At different points, they will ask for the files included in the licensing email sent by CCAR support. Make sure to have those file ready on your Desktop.

For Mac OS X:
To run the installer for Matlab on Mac OS X, double click the Matlab ISO file you downloaded and it will mount itself.

Double click the Matlab installer for Mac. If you do not have Apple Java installed on your Mac already, it will prompt you to do so. Matlab requires this so let OS X install Apple Java. Once that is done, double click the Matlab installer again to start the installation.

Once the installer is running, follow the directions and make sure to select "Install without using the internet" on the first screen of the installer. From that point on, the directions are clear and straightforward. At different points, they will ask for the files included in the licensing email sent by CCAR support. Make sure to have those file ready on your Desktop.

For Linux:
To run the installer for Matlab on Linux, double click the Matlab ISO file you downloaded and it will mount itself.

Run the installer script to start the installation process.

Once the installer is running, follow the directions and make sure to select "Install without using the internet" on the first screen of the installer. From that point on, the directions are clear and straightforward. At different points, they will ask for the files included in the licensing email sent by CCAR support. Make sure to have those file ready on your Desktop.

Option #3: OIT Support

If for some reason, you prefer to use OIT to obtain and license Matlab, see the Site Licenses website:

Site Licensing Website