How do I create a desktop shortcut to start MATLAB with command-line options in MacOS?

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I need to run MATLAB with the command-line option "-cefdisablegpu" on my MacBook. For example, for MATLAB R2022b I run the following commands from Terminal:
cd /Applications/
./matlab -cefdisablegpu
Is there a way to create a desktop shortcut so that MATLAB starts with this flag automatically when I double-click?

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 6 Feb 2023
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 6 Feb 2023
To create a desktop shortcut such that MATLAB R20XXx runs with a startup option like "-cefdisablegpu", please follow the steps below. 
  • Open Terminal in your MacBook. 
  • Type the following commands in Terminal:
cd ~/Desktop
touch matlab_new.command
  • Right click the new icon created on the desktop --> Open With --> TextEdit
% chmod u+x /Users/$USER/Desktop/matlab_new.command
cd /Applications/
./matlab -cefdisablegpu
chmod u+x /Users/$USER/Desktop/matlab_new.command
  • At this point, you should be able to double-click the created icon on the desktop to start MATLAB with the specified flag. 
  • (Optional) To add a custom icon image, follow the steps in the following Apple discussions thread:
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Jan 2023
Instead of
chmod u+x /Users/username/Desktop/matlab_new.command
with the necessity to replace "username" with your own username, you could instead do
chmod u+x ~/Desktop/matlab_new.command
The ~ in context means "the home directory of the executing account".
The instructions already used ~ in the cd ~/Desktop step so there is no reason to avoid using it.

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