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MATLAB: Download & Installation for Mac (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 macOS (Mac)

select OS

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

Step 3: Install and Activate the Software

1. Locate and open the installation file you downloaded, and double-click on "InstallForMacOSX"

matlab folder

2. Click Open

install confirm

3. Login to your Mac Profile, then click OK

enter Mac password

4. Log in to your MathWorks Account, then click Next

log in to account

5. Select "Yes", then click Next

license agreement

6. Confirm the license is set to 898604, then click Next

confirm license

7. Confirm your user information, then click Next

confirm user

8. Optional: Select the destination folder, then click Next

destination folder

9. Optional: Select additional MatLab tools to install, then click Next

select additional products

10. Optional: Select if you would like to send information to MathWorks, then click Next

select options

11. Confirm the details are correct, then click "Begin Install"

confirm selections

12. Allow the program to download and install

download in progress

MatLab is now Installed & Activated

Where is MatLab Located?

- Open the Launchpad app (Looks like a rocket in a circle)

- Find the "MatLab" Icon (It may be on the second page)

- MatLab will be located here unless it is moved

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