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When will MATLAB be updated for OS X Yosemite?

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When OS X Yosemite launches in the upcoming days (perhaps even today), will it be safe to update to OS X Yosemite from Mavericks? I ran the Yosemite Beta and MATLAB wasn't working so I had to downgrade back to Mavericks and MATLAB worked perfectly. I am aware of the workarounds for Yosemite, but will those work for the official release of Yosemite?
Mohammad reza nilchiyan
Mohammad reza nilchiyan on 27 Oct 2014
Hi there, I installed new version of Os X Yosemite, but my Matlab 2012a doesn't work .could you please let me know how can I turn this version of Os X to my previous version? thanks

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Bhanu on 17 Oct 2014
I was having the problem with MATLAB R2010a (already installed on my system) crashing when attempting to launch on 10.10 public release as well, but I just got it working without any need for Mathworks' patch or any strange modifications to system files! Maybe this will work with other versions too. Here's how:
1. Install latest release of X11/XQuartz (2.7.7). For some reason my X11 hadn't autoupdated.
2. Install legacy Java version 6 from Apple
3. Create symlink to /opt/X11 folder in /usr/
Instructions: open terminal, execute command exactly as follows (type password when asked): sudo ln -s /opt/X11/ /usr/X11
Now launch MATLAB and it should work. I noticed when launching MATLAB from /Applications/ -maci in terminal that it gave an error about not loading /usr/X11/lib/libXext.6.dylib; we can see that it is looking for a folder /usr/X11, but this is not present. Hence we create the symlink and everything works!
Javier on 21 Oct 2014
Hi Spase, I didn't realize of java exception when running help. However, see the Tom comment below. By copying the provided patch in the /Applications/MATLAB_R2010b/java folder I can now run the help like a charm :).
Regarding the Mail error. Did you modify the ProductVersion or ProductUserVisibleVersion keys in the /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist file? I have read several solutions that involve modifying those keys. If so, try to revert the changes. Mines look like this:
Good luck again!

Ken Atwell
Ken Atwell on 17 Oct 2014
MATLAB supports Yosemite as-of R2014b. Older release may also work, but this is not something MathWorks has rigorously tested. There were troubles in several the beta builds of Yosemite, but the final release of Yosemite has been reported to work well with MATLAB.
Ken Atwell
Ken Atwell on 21 Oct 2014
With that MathWorks patch at, you should be able to use MATLAB releases as far back at R2012a on Yosemite. Be sure to download the patch that matches your release of MATLAB.

Marco on 20 Oct 2014
Is this really a MATLAB issue, or more a Yosemite issue which then should better be adressed directly to Apple? I heard that other software packages (i.e. professional music software) also have severe trouble with it (not running anymore).
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Ken Atwell
Ken Atwell on 21 Oct 2014
Marco, yes and no. There are two issues at play:
  • Initial releases of Yosemite blacklisted some releases of MATLAB. This was corrected in an update released as Yosemite went gold. We hope most users get this update within hours of installing Yosemite (so this problem should age out in the days/weeks to some). See for details.
  • Once you are past the blacklisting, all MATLAB release except R4014b will need a patch or MATLAB may abort suddenly, on start-up in many situations. This problem is detailed at

Tom on 20 Oct 2014
Here is a patch I made from Mathwork's official patch. It works on versions prior to R2013b (unlike the official patch) without modifying the SystemVersion.plist. I've confirmed R2013a and R2012b but I assume others will work as well.
To install:
  1. Extract
  2. Right click on in your Applications directory and click "Show Package Contents"
  3. Place the extracted folder (named "patch") into the folder (alongside the existing jar and jarext folders)
You may still need to run Matlab by double clicking To avoid this you can temporarily change your SystemVersion.plist (as described in other posts here), launch Matlab, change the SystemVersion.plist back, and now Matlab will work by double clicking the .app.
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Javier on 21 Oct 2014
Thank you Tom. I was able to run matlab with other solutions, however, the matlab help was throwing me a java exception. With your solution I can run the help without any problem.

Hongbo Miao
Hongbo Miao on 17 Oct 2014
Bob on 18 Oct 2014
i got the same problem with 2012a!

Balaji on 20 Oct 2014
MathWorks has released patches/workarounds for the two main issues
1) "You can't use this version of the application" error.
If you have the latest 10.39 or later update from Apple,this issue should not occur. But in the case that it does,you can use either of the two workarounds mentioned in the above link.
2)Java crash upon MATLAB.
This patch addresses the Java issue.
Accept/comment on this answer if it works so that other users can benefit from it.
Ken Atwell
Ken Atwell on 20 Oct 2014
Correct, the patch for the Java crash works with R2014a and R2013b only.

Austin on 20 Oct 2014
I was running the student version of R2012a before updating to Yosemite and was greeted with the "You can't run this application on this version of OSX" after the update. Fortunately, after trying a few things I was able to get MATLAB up and running again. This is what I did that I believed fixed my copy:
-Re-installing XQuartz. I'm tempted to say this is the main reason why older versions of MATLAB are running into the issue as, after trying to open MATLAB in terminal, my computer indicated that the X11 files were missing after the update to Yosemite.
-Installing the most recent version of Java on my computer. I'm not 100% sure this is mandatory for the fix, but I did update Java after the update and a lot of people are noting that this was necessary for a fix.
I can't say I've tested this fix enough to know for certain that this solution will work in all instances, but my version is working fine now after doing the above. Best of luck!

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