MathWorks Software – MATLAB

Update Changes to Distribution of MATLAB for July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Update June 14, 2024: We can confirm the MATLAB contract will be extended for another year. We will be sending out communications to the MATLAB community shortly. Individuals and departments will not need to purchase a license from the Licensed Software Office or MathWorks.

Product Information

  • License Period: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. The product expires on June 30.
  • Cost: Free (as of June 14, 2024)
  • Additional Toolboxes: As of the 2020 to 2021 license period, all MATLAB toolboxes are included as part of the TAH package distributed by the Licensed Software Office.
  • Restrictions: U of T faculty, staff, and researchers for noncommercial, academic use.
  • License Type: Subscription
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows, UNIX/Linux, Mac.
  • Installation Media: Installation media can be downloaded directly from the MathWorks portal with your MATLAB account.


MATLAB is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation. Using the MATLAB product, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and Fortran.

You can use MATLAB in a wide range of applications, including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, financial modeling and analysis, and computational biology. Add-on toolboxes (collections of special-purpose MATLAB functions, available separately) extend the MATLAB environment to solve particular classes of problems in these application areas.

Vendor and Support

  • Vendor: MathWorks
  • Support: The MathWorks has extensive online product documentation and help, including a large knowledge base of previously solved problems. A strong user community provides file exchange, newsgroups, link exchanges, and blogs. Also, support questions can be sent via email to . You will need your license number to get support.

Tutorial and Documentation

Tutorial: The MathWorks offer a free online tutorial that walks you through the basics of MATLAB. You can take the entire tutorial, or select an individual chapter specific to your needs. No prior MATLAB knowledge is required. This self-paced tutorial runs for approximately 90 minutes. Topics include:

  • Using MATLAB as a graphical calculator
  • Importing and extracting data
  • Visualizing data
  • Conducting computational analysis
  • Fitting data to a curve
  • Writing MATLAB programs
  • Publishing MATLAB programs

Registration for the tutorial is free. Sign up online.

Documentation: MathWorks has all their documentation (including product documentation, index of MATLAB examples, function list, tech notes, and "how-to" guides on their website. A good starting place is their support page.

Installation and Activation

MathWorks Account

If you do not already have a MathWorks account the Licensed Software Office will create one for you using the email address provided with purchase. You will then receive an automated email from MathWorks with the account information. The account will be used to download teh software from


Designated Computer: Use the Install Product instructions to install the software using your MathWorks account. If the installation wizard does not provide the option to activate using a license key then cancel the process and launch MATLAB. It will provide a different activation wizard that allows activation using a license file (see activation section).

Network Concurrent: Use the Install License Manager instructions to install the License Manager on your server. Use the MATLAB Client Installation instructions to install the product on client workstations.


Activation of a Designated Computer or Network Concurrent license requires the information below to be sent to us for each license purchased. We will then send back a license file.

  1. Host Id
  2. Operating System (Windows, Mac, Linux)

For a Designated Computer license use the use the activation instructions to activate an existing installation of MATLAB.

On step 2 select "Activate automatically using the Internet" and on step 3 select "Enter the full path to your license file, including file name" and browse to the saved location of the license file that we have sent you.

If this produces an error stating that the license is not for that workstation, go back and in the activation menu, select "Activate manually without the internet" then select "I do not have a license file. Help me with the next steps". On this page it will display the host id that can be sent to us.