Carnegie Mellon University


MATLAB is software for mathematical computation, analysis, visualization, and algorithm development. MATLAB features a family of application-specific solutions called toolboxes. Review the list of available toolboxes for more information. 

Eligibility & Cost

Computing Services holds a campus agreement which covers faculty, staff, and students for academic research, coursework, and teaching. This license is governed by a FLEXnet license server to which eligible users are identified by their User ID. 

Special standalone edition licensing privileges for MATLAB are extended to the faculty, staff, and students of the following departments: ECE, Tepper, Chemical Engineering, BioMedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, NREC, SCS and CNBC. Licensing updates are required yearly. 

System Requirements

Operating System




Windows 10, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2019 & 2016 2019b 17GB 10/09/19
macOS 10.13.6 + 2019b 17GB 12/03/19
Linux * 2019b 14GB 10/09/19
License File 2019b 1KB 10/09/19

* Linux Compatible OS versions: Ubuntu (18.10, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS); RHEL (minimum 6.7, 7.3); SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop/Server 15, 12 (minimum SP2); Debian 8 and 9

Install MATLAB

Windows     |     Mac     |     Linux

Use MATLAB off campus

A VPN connection is required to use the standard version of MATLAB when you are off campus. Please visit the VPN at Carnegie Mellon page for instructions how to download and install Cisco AnyConnect VPN.

  1. Connect to VPN.
  2. When prompted to register your client, select General Use Campus VPN for the group.

I received the message "The application could not connect to MathWorks. Please make sure your Internet connection is available and that all software and hardware firewalls have been disabled before retrying your request."
Refer to the MathWorks Installation  information for steps to remedy this problem.

Where do I find the MATLAB license key?
The activation/license key is in the License Key file that is downloaded separately from the application.

I received a (-15) license error message.
A VPN connection is required to use MATLAB while off campus. Please see the VPN at Carnegie Mellon page for steps to download and install Cisco AnyConnect VPN and remedy this issue.

Do you support older versions of MATLAB?
Computing Services only provides support for the current version of MATLAB. Refer to the system requirements for more information. 

X11 is required to run MATLAB GUI. Please see the Apple Support article, About X11 and OS X for more information on installing it.

What MATLAB toolboxes are available?
There are a wide range of available toolboxes for MATLAB.