Download Products Without Installation

This procedure describes how to download products without installing them immediately. This procedure is useful when you want to download products and install them later on one or more computers, either connected to the internet or offline.

To use this procedure, you must be an administrator for the license linked to your MathWorks® Account.

Consider disabling anti-virus software and Internet security applications on your system during installation. These applications can slow the installation process or cause it to appear unresponsive (or to hang)

Step 1: Download and Start the Installer

  1. Download the installer from the MathWorks website.

    When you select an installer from the website, you receive the files that the installer needs to run on your selected platform, not the product files. Run the installer to select products for Windows®, Linux®, and macOS platforms. The installer downloads the products that it needs from MathWorks, if necessary.

  2. Start the installer. The method you use to start the installer depends on your platform.

    • Windows — If you click Run when you select the installer on the MathWorks website, the installer starts automatically. If you saved the installer instead, double-click the self-extracting installer file in the folder where you saved it. The installer should start automatically after file extraction is complete.

      To restart the installer at a later time, click setup.exe. This file is located in the top level of the folder where you extracted the files.

    • macOS — Double-click the dmg file that you downloaded from the MathWorks website. Double-click

    • Linux — Use the unzip command to extract the files from the archive file that you downloaded from the MathWorks website and execute this command:


Step 2: Choose Log in Option

Leave the Log In with a Mathworks Account option selected (the default), and then click Next. During installation, log in to your MathWorks Account and follow the prompts in the installer.

If your Internet connection requires a proxy server, click the Connection Settings button. Enter the server name, port, and password in the Connection Settings dialog box. MathWorks supports Basic authentication and Digest authentication proxy configurations.


On Windows systems, the installer uses your system proxy settings, by default. If your proxy server requires you to log in, the installer prompts you for your login information.

Step 3: Review the Software License Agreement

Review the software license agreement and, if you agree with the terms, select Yes and click Next.


To view the end user license agreement at any time after installation, execute the following command in the MATLAB® command window:

>> edit( fullfile(matlabroot, 'license_agreement.txt') )

Step 4: Log in to Your MathWorks Account

To log in to your MathWorks Account, enter your email address and password, and click Next. The installer contacts MathWorks to retrieve information about the licenses linked to your account. If you have enabled Two-Step Verification on your account, a verification code is sent to your primary method.

If you do not have a MathWorks Account, select the Create a MathWorks Account (requires an Activation Key) option and click Next. You are prompted to enter the data needed to create the account.

Step 5: Enter Two-Step Verification Code

If you have Two-Step Verification enabled (in your MathWorks Account), you will be prompted to enter the verification code sent to your primary method when you signed in to your MathWorks Account. If you do not have Two-Step Verification enabled, you can go directly to the next step.

Enter the verification code sent to your primary method.

Click Next to proceed with installation.

Step 6: Choose Download Only Option

Choose the Download Only option.

This option downloads your products from the MathWorks website for installation at a later time.

Step 7: Specify the Download Folder and Platform

  1. Specify the name of the folder where you want to download the MathWorks software.

    You can accept the default download folder or click Browse to select a different one. If the folder does not exist, the installer creates it.

  2. Select one or more platforms.

    After the download completes, the root folder or directory in the download location includes the installer for each selected platform.

Step 8: Specify Products to Download

Specify which products you want to download. If you do not want to download a particular product, clear the check box next to its name.

If a product already exists in the specified download location, it is not selectable. The installer does not download these products again. If you want to download the products again, go back to the Folder Selection dialog box and select a different download location.

After selecting the products you want to download, click Next.

Step 9: Confirm Your Choices

Before it begins downloading files to your hard disk, the installer displays a summary of your choices.

  • To change the download location or the product selection, click Back.

  • To proceed with the download, click Download.

Step 10: Complete the Download

When the download completes successfully, you can view the total size of the downloaded files and open the download location.

Click Finish to end the download procedure.

Install and Activate the Downloaded Software

After you download the software, you can install it from the download location at any time. If you plan to install the software using a File Installation Key, make sure the downloaded product files, including the installer file, are in a location that an off-network computer can access. For example, you can copy the files to the default Downloads folder on the off-network computer or copy the software to media, such as a USB drive. If you do not copy the files to the computer’s default Downloads folder, make sure that the installer file is located in the same folder as the product files.

To install the software, consult the section Plan Your Network Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation) for the appropriate procedure for your organization's setup.

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