Activate an Installation Offline

Activation is performed after you have successfully installed the software and are ready to use it. Normally, the installer continues to activation as part of the entire installation process. This topic describes the activation procedure. If you have not yet installed MATLAB®, follow the procedure in Install Products Offline (Installation, Licensing, and Activation)

There may also be cases when you are asked to activate the software that was not installed by you. If so, follow this procedure if you do not have an internet connection. If you do have an internet connection, follow the instructions in Activate an Installation Online (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Step 1: Start the Activation

Because you were not logged in to your MathWorks® Account during installation, or you started the activation application independently, you must choose whether to activate automatically or manually. Select the Activate manually without the Internet (recommended) option and click Next.

Step 2: Specify the Path to the License File

To activate without an Internet connection, you must have a License File. The License File identifies which products you can run. The administrator on the license can retrieve the License File from the License Center at the MathWorks website. Select the Enter the full path to your license file, including the file name option and enter the full path of your License File in the text box (or drag and drop the file) and click Next.

If you do not have your License File, select the I do not have a license file option and click Next to get information about how to retrieve a License File.

If You Do Not Have a License File

Save the information displayed in this dialog box. You can print a copy of this information by clicking Print. Take the information to a computer with an Internet connection and visit the License Center at the MathWorks website. MathWorks uses this information to generate a File Installation Key and a License File. You must have this information with you when you return to the computer on which you want to install and activate the software. To exit the activation application, click Finish.


Your installation is not activated yet. You cannot run MATLAB until you retrieve your License File.

Step 3: Complete the Activation

After activating your installation, click Finish to exit the activation process.

Step 4. What's Next?

Now that MATLAB and any accompanying toolboxes have been installed, you are ready to begin using MathWorks software. See one of the following topics to get started:

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