Campus-Wide License

Administering a Campus-Wide License

This guide is intended for license administrators managing a Campus-Wide License. The Campus-Wide License provides unlimited use of MATLAB and Simulink desktop and online products to all faculty, staff, students, and researchers, on and off campus, on any device. Use of these products and services requires users to be individually licensed.

MATLAB Installation Quick Start Guide

To install MATLAB on personal computers and in computer labs:

  1. Go to and sign in.
  2. Click Install MATLAB and follow the prompts to download and install MATLAB products. (Note: For multiple installations that are all the same, you can Install Noninteractively.
  3. Select the license labeled MATLAB (Individual) when prompted.
  4. Share the User Guide with your users.

Your users will be prompted to sign in with their MathWorks Account the first time they run MATLAB on a specific computer in a computer lab or classroom. Thereafter, they can work offline on that computer.

At each release, install the latest release on shared computers to make all new products and features available to users.

Additional information:

Advanced Installation Topics

Install MATLAB in high-performance computing (HPC) centers

MATLAB (Individual) does not yet support HPC centers or clusters. Use the license labeled MATLAB (Concurrent). Contact Support for installation options.

Install MATLAB on machines with a shared computer account

If users are not permitted to log in to a computer with their own set of credentials, use the license labeled MATLAB (Designated Computer).

Install MATLAB on permanently offline machines

For permanently offline computers that never connect to the internet, see Install MathWorks Products on Offline Computer. Use the license labeled MATLAB (Designated Computer).

Deploy Server Products and Other Specially Licensed Products

  1. Install the product.
  2. Provide access to users.

Authentication Options

There are two user authentication methods available for the Campus-Wide License. Users must have an email address on a domain that is unique to the university, regardless of authentication method.

Single Sign-On (SSO) for InCommon and eduGAIN Federations Members

Universities that are members of InCommon or eduGAIN federations can implement SSO for their Campus-Wide License.

SSO allows eligible users with university credentials to access MathWorks products and services available to their Campus-Wide License, improving the user experience while enhancing IT security and license compliance.

Additional information:

MathWorks Account with Email Verification

When users create a MathWorks Account, they must verify their email address. When users create their MathWorks Account with an email that matches the allowed university domain on the Campus-Wide License, they are automatically linked to the Campus-Wide License and can begin using MATLAB. To make sure they are eligible to continue to use a license linked to their account, users may be asked to verify their email address periodically.

Users may opt in to Two-Step Verification for added account security.

Additional information:

In addition to the above authentication options, third-party access allows administrators to grant access to MATLAB for visitors who have university credentials.

Transition Existing Installations

The Campus-Wide License includes unlimited access to MATLAB desktop and online products and services, including self-paced online training, MATLAB Grader auto-graded assignments, MATLAB Online, and MATLAB Drive.

To ensure all users can access these products and services, the license labeled MATLAB (Individual) should be installed on university-controlled machines, including faculty and classroom. To ensure all users can access these products and services, the license labeled MATLAB (Individual) should be installed on university-controlled machines, including faculty and classroom computers and in computer labs. Follow these instructions if you already have MATLAB (Concurrent) or MATLAB (Designated Computer) installed.

Reinstall MATLAB

To transition existing installations to MATLAB (Individual):

  1. Uninstall all releases of MATLAB that are linked to the licenses labeled MATLAB (Concurrent) or MATLAB (Designated Computer). Uninstall MATLAB using either the silent uninstaller commands (Windows only) or the commands to directly delete the MATLAB installation folder. See Uninstall MATLAB.

  2. Uninstall the network license manager if one is in use. See Uninstall Network License Manager.

  3. Install the latest release of MATLAB on each computer using the silent installer. See Perform Silent Installation of MATLAB from Command Line

To get the File Installation Key required for this workflow, from the License Center, select the MATLAB (Individual) license. Then, on the Installation and Activate tab, select Advanced Options, and copy the File Installation Key for the product you are installing.

To reinstall MATLAB on individual computers, or to have your users reinstall MATLAB themselves, uninstall and reinstall MATLAB manually.

  1. Uninstall MATLAB from the computer. See Uninstall MATLAB

  2. Install the latest release of MATLAB on the computer. Select the MATLAB (Individual) license. See Download and Install MATLAB

Update MATLAB without Reinstalling

To transition existing MATLAB installations to MATLAB (Individual) without reinstalling them, follow the steps below. 

  1. Delete existing MATLAB (Concurrent) and MATLAB (Designated Computer) licenses from client computers. These licenses are stored in the matlabroot/licenses subfolder of the MATLAB installation, matlabroot. The default location of this folder is as follows, where R20XXy is the MATLAB release. 

Windows — C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R20XXy\licenses 

Linux and macOS — /usr/local/MATLAB/R20XXy/licenses  

  1. Create the file containing information about the open-access license. Name this file license_info.xml and copy in these contents: 


  <ActivationEntry hostname="*" matlabroot="*" user="*">    

  1. Save this file into the matlabroot/licenses folder of each installed MATLAB release. 

  2. (Optional) If the client machine has an environment variable set to an old license server, delete that environment variable. The license configuration in license_info.xml overrides the license server configuration, so this step is optional.

  3. Start MATLAB and verify that you are prompted to sign in. If you are not prompted to sign in, the installation might still point to an old license. 

For questions about this change that are not covered here, contact support.