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Determine license type locally

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Matt J
Matt J on 12 Oct 2018
Edited: Matt J on 16 Oct 2018
Is there a way I can check what type of license I am running ("Individual", "Designated Computer", "Standard", "Academic" etc...) either from the Matlab command line or by looking somewhere in the installation folder?


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Rik on 13 Oct 2018
The splash screen is created with a png from the \root\resources\coreui\matlab\ folder, but the actual content is not there. Even \root\resources\coreui\matlab\splashscreen.xml doesn't help, as that contains only the copyright message. The file in the java folder (so root\sys\java\jre\win64\jre\bin\splashscreen.dll) might have something to do with it, but I have never attempted to decompile dll files and the only readable text I get with notepad is pretty much useless.
So still no answer, but at least some dead ends you don't need to check out anymore.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 13 Oct 2018
resources/MATLAB/en/branding.xml contains the various strings that are output in the window title and the initial introduction.
I do not know as yet how one particular string gets chosen for output.
bin/maci64/matlab_startup_plugins/lmgrimpl/libmwlmgrimpl.dylib refers to the file. "grimpl" probably refers to "graphics implementation".
Matt J
Matt J on 15 Oct 2018
The splash screen is almost what I'm looking for. It says whether the license is Academic or not, but doesn't say whether it is Individual or Designated Computer.

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Andreas Goser
Andreas Goser on 16 Oct 2018
Matt, I wonder what the use case is here. Maybe this helps to come up with a individualized solution for you. Are there end users with access to different MATLAB license types?


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Oct 2018
Total Academic Headcount licenses have that restriction. Look at the license terms under Academic licenses and see the conditions put on student use of academic licenses. Students cannot normally use academic licenses for coursework but can use TAH.
Also, Student licences and Home licenses are restricted by the Terms to activation on one computer, but under at least some conditions Mathworks permits activation on two computers for those.
Matt J
Matt J on 16 Oct 2018
Thanks, Walter. I can't get to the page that describes the terms of TAH, but I will take your word for it.
I have since learned from Customer Service that my license type is "Concurrent Academic Local". This makes the question even more confusing. There are no limits spelled out on number of activations for that license category. Supposedly, end users aren't even supposed to have their own local activations under that license arrangement, so I'm quite puzzled why my admin is talking about a 2 activation limit.

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