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How can I install MATLAB or other MathWorks products on an offline machine?

I need to install MATLAB on a machine which cannot connect to the internet. How can I do this?

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 12 Mar 2019 at 4:00
Edited by MathWorks Support Team on 12 Mar 2019 at 14:45
 Accepted Answer

To install MATLAB or other MathWorks products on an offline machine, complete the following tasks:
  • Download a complete set of installation files and copy them to the offline computer. Do not skip this step.
  • Activate MATLAB in the License Center to obtain the license file and file installation key (FIK).
  • Install MATLAB.
Download Installation Files
In order to install MATLAB or other MathWorks products on an offline machine, you must first download a complete set of installation files. Do not skip this step. The 90 MB installer downloaded from the MathWorks website is NOT a complete set of installation files. If you attempt to install MATLAB on an offline machine without first downloading a complete set of installation files, you will encounter an error and be unable to proceed with the installation. Instructions for downloading offline installation files can be found here:
Activate MATLAB
You must also activate your MATLAB or product license to the offline machine before running the installer. To activate for an offline machine, see the following article:
Install MATLAB
After you have the offline installer, the File Installation Key, and the license file, you are ready to install MATLAB.
  1. Launch the MATLAB Installer.
  2. Choose the 'offline' or 'Use a File Installation Key' installation method.
  3. Enter your File Installation Key (FIK), when asked, and proceed through the installation.
  4. Once your installation completes, the activation client will automatically launch.
  5. In the activation client, select “Activate manually without the Internet”
  6. Select the first option, “Enter the full path to your license file…”
  7. Click browser, and navigate to your license file. MATLAB will save a copy of the license file in a safe place.
  8. If you receive an 'Activation Complete' message, MATLAB is installed and activated.
Note: Offline installation is not available on Home or Student licenses.

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this is great... but where do I get a complete ISO file for the installation?
Please do not allow student license owner to download File Installation Key if it is not avalable for them...

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Answer by Albie
on 18 Apr 2017

Hello, At the moment, I am trying to package 2016B so it can be deployed automatically via SCCM to the business. During the installation, it asks for a file Installation key. I have managed to download the software but do not have a file installation key. In the past, we have managed to package the application with all of the toolboxes, but the end user would not be able to use them unless they had the correct license file to activate.
Was hoping that we could have a File Installation Key that allows me to install all of the toolboxes? Please Note: even though they are installed, they cannot be activated without the proper license file

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I have downloaded the license.lic, but I didn't get the file installation key .I'm troubled now .Do need help!!
Please contact Mathworks for free installation assistance.

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Answer by Mohammed Al-Yagoub on 3 Nov 2017

I have followed all steps in download, install and activate procedure but the prompt still shows trail. I have downloaded the student edition 2017b

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Hi Mohammed, if you are still experiencing an error during manual installation, please contact support so we can assist.

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Answer by AlexG
on 18 Mar 2018

This process does not work for me. While running the R2017b Installer, after selecting "the 'offline' or 'Use a File Installation Key' installation method", I'm still getting the "The application could not connect to MathWorks." Any suggestions?

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Answer by Asad Mahmood on 10 Feb 2019

Hello
I'm a student of graduation and trying to install matlab but they are saying any activation key to activate your account !!
Is there any way to install matlab free pleae help

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Hello Asad,
Your University may already have a license of MATLAB available. I have attached a link below that allows you to sign up for a trial of MATLAB.

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Answer by Roger Burchett on 10 Feb 2019

Sure you can install and use matlab for free! You just have to be willing to be a criminal theif and steal the license from a shady torrent site that will most likely include a trojan virus along with it. Barring that, If you are a student at a graduate college, ask the school for a copy. Most of them pay for a site license that covers all of their students educational uses.

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