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MATLAB: Download & Installation for Windows (Students)

This article covers how CSUF students can download, install and activate Matlab. 

Step 1: Create a MathWorks Account

1. Open your browser to the MATLAB Software Page and click "Login to MathWorks"

a. Go to the MATLAB Software Page

b. Click on "Login to MathWorks"


2. Login using your Portal Username & Password

CSUF portal login

a. Type your Campus Portal username: (i.e. TuffyTheTitan)

b. Type your Campus Password

Click Login

3. You'll be prompted to authenticate with Duo.

Duo two-factor authentication prompt

Remember you can use Other options to choose another way to authenticate with Duo.

4. The page redirects to the MathWorks website. Click on “Create” to create a MathWorks account

create account
Step 2: Sign In and Download the Software

Alert: Once you create an account you will be asked to sign in

1. Enter your MathWorks credentials and click on "Sign In"

sign in to account

2. Click on the download button for the current version of MatLab

Note: It may be a newer version than what is displayed here

download R2019a

3. Select the operating system that the software will be installed on. For this guide, click on Windows (PC)

choose os

Warning: The file download time may vary based on the device and internet connection.

Alert: The installation file will be saved to your computer as a .zip file.

Step 3: Install the Software

1. Locate the installation file you downloaded, "Run" the file and click Unzip

unzip file

2. Select "Log in with a MathWorks Account" then click Next>

log in to account

3. Click on Yes then click Next>

software license agreement

4. Select Log in to your MathWorks Account, enter your MathWorks account credentials, then click Next >

log in to account

5. Select "Select a license:", select license 898604, then click Next >

select license

6. Optional: Configure your installation location for MatLab, then click Next >

choose installation folder

7. Select the products you want to install (recommended products are pre-selected)

select products to install

8. Optional: Configure your additional shortcuts for MatLab, then click Next >

installation options

9. Click Install >


10. Allow MatLab tools to download, this may take a bit depending on the additional products selected

download in progress

11. Select "Activate MatLab", then click Next >

activate matlab
Step 4: Activate the Software

1. Click Next >

activate mathworks software

2. Make sure the correct username is written then click Next >

Alert: Only one user is allowed to use the product.

provide user name

3. Make sure the information presented is correct; The license number is always 898604; Click Confirm >

confirm selection

MatLab is now Installed & Activated

Where is MatLab Located?(Windows)

- Select the Start Button (Apps will be in alphabetical order)

- Go to the “M” Section and you’ll find a “MatLab (Version Number)” Folder

- Open the folder to find MatLab

start menu with apps list
Need help using MatLab?

LinkedIn Learning is available to all currently enrolled CSUF Students

- Contains over 13,000 courses taught by real-world experts and a library that is constantly up-to-date

- On the Student Portal, search for "Linkedin Learning" to get started

Need technical assistance?

Contact the Student IT Help Desk at (657) 278-8888 or [email protected]

Visit the Student Genius Center on the first floor of the Pollak Library North. Go to the SGC website for walk-in hours:

The Student IT Help Desk and Student Genius Center can assist with:

  • Issues with obtaining the License Code
  • Issues with installing MatLab
  • Issues with activating MatLab