UMIACS has institutional Matlab licenses through UMD that cover Linux, Windows and Mac. To access them, you have to be using a University owned computer. If you would like to run Matlab on a machine that is not University owned, you can check the pricing through OIT/SLIC here.
If you would like to install the institutional version of Matlab on a self-supported machine, please contact staff and we can provide you install media.
Modules are the preferred way to interact with Matlab on staff-managed Linux machines. The Modules page will provide information on adding Matlab into your environment and using it.
All staff-managed Windows machines should come with a pre-installed version of Matlab. Please contact staff if you would like a later version installed.
Please contact staff if you would like Matlab installed on a staff-managed macOS machine.
Campus has a limited number of seats for Matlab itself, as well as the various toolboxes. When calling functions in a toolbox, Matlab will automatically check out a license for that toolbox, making it temporarily unavailable to other users. If while attempting to use Matlab, you run into a license manager error stating that the maximum number of users for Matlab has been reached, this likely indicates that all of campus' available licenses are in use. To check the number of licenses available for a specific toolbox, please see the below sections:
Windows License Troubleshooting
On Windows machines, the necessary command is as follows. Please note that you may need to adjust the path to reflect the available Matlab versions and the installation path. Additionally, this assumes that you are using a 64-bit version. "win64" needs to be adjusted to "win32" on a 32-bit installation:
$MATLAB_PATH\etc\win64\lmutil lmstat -c "$MATLAB_PATH\licenses\network.lic" -f $TOOLBOX_SHORTNAME
As an example, here is how to query Matlab r2012b on a 64-bit Windows host for the Aerospace Blockset Toolbox:
"C:\Program Files\matlab\r2012b\etc\win64\lmutil.exe" lmstat -c "C:\Program Files\matlab\r2012b\licenses\network.lic" -f Aerospace_Blockset
Unix License Troubleshooting
On Unix machines, the necessary command is as follows. Please note that you may need to adjust the path to reflect the available Matlab versions and the installation path. Additionally, this assumes that you are using a 64-bit version. "glnxa64" needs to adjusted to "glnx86" on a 32-bit installation::
$MATLAB_PATH/etc/glnxa64/lmutil lmstat -c $MATLAB_PATH/licenses/network.lic -f $TOOLBOX_SHORTNAME
As an example, here is how to query Matlab r2015a on our 64-bit RHEL hosts for the Parallel Computing Toolbox:
/opt/common/matlab-r2015a/etc/glnxa64/lmutil lmstat -c /opt/common/matlab-r2015a/licenses/network.lic -f Video_and_Image_Blockset
The toolbox names themselves don't always work with this command; rather, Matlab has a set of shortnames which can be passed to the lmstat command. The following are all the valid shortnames:
Aerospace_Blockset Aerospace_Toolbox Antenna_Toolbox Bioinformatics_Toolbox Communication_Blocks Communication_Toolbox Compiler Control_Toolbox Curve_Fitting_Toolbox Data_Acq_Toolbox Database_Toolbox Datafeed_Toolbox Distrib_Computing_Toolbox Econometrics_Toolbox Excel_Link Fin_Derivatives_Toolbox Fin_Instruments_Toolbox Financial_Toolbox Fixed_Income_Toolbox Fixed_Point_Toolbox Fuzzy_Toolbox GADS_Toolbox Identification_Toolbox Image_Acquisition_Toolbox Image_Toolbox Instr_Control_Toolbox MAP_Toolbox MATLAB MATLAB_Builder_for_Java MATLAB_Coder MATLAB_Excel_Builder MATLAB_Report_Gen MPC_Toolbox Neural_Network_Toolbox Optimization_Toolbox OPC_Toolbox PDE_Toolbox Phased_Array_System_Toolbox Real-Time_Workshop Robotics_System_Toolbox Robust_Toolbox RTW_Embedded_Coder Signal_Blocks Signal_Toolbox SimEvents SimMechanics Simscape SIMULINK Simulink_Control_Design Simulink_Design_Optim Stateflow Stateflow_Coder Statistics_Toolbox Symbolic_Toolbox Video_and_Image_Blockset Virtual_Reality_Toolbox Wavelet_Toolbox
If you are having problems, feel free to contact UMIACS Staff, however please note that the Matlab license servers are hosted by campus' Division of Information Technology.
You can tweak your Matlab experience using a file "startup.m". If this file is present in the current working directory where you launch Matlab, it will be executed. You can perform a variety of tasks using this file. These include (but are not limited to) customizing the window environment, setting variables for later use, and enabling use of 3rd party toolboxes. Alternatively, you can use the userpath env variable to set a path other than the current working directory for startup and 3rd party toolbox locations. Please see the following links for more information: