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MathWorks products are restricted to use in the support of classroom instruction and research activities of students, faculty, and staff. The right to use these products for any other purposes, including commercial purposes, is expressly prohibited.

How to obtain


The MIT MATLAB Portal is where you can download MATLAB, get free training, contact support, and discover additional resources.


Students, faculty, and staff (Individual license)

  • This license should be used to download an individual stand-alone copy of the software for each of the machines on which they are the sole MATLAB user (includes university-owned and personal machines).
  • Individual licenses are distributed through the MIT MATLAB Portal link (below).
  • Note: Lincoln Lab and the MIT Investment Company employees are not covered by MIT's campus-wide license.

Computer labs and workstations (Concurrent license)

Athena access to MATLAB

Activation (MIT certificate required)


In the MIT Portal, click the Download button. Choose your version and operating system and download the installer.



Licenses are automatically activated when you log into the MIT Portal after being authenticated by either your MIT certificate or Touchstone.


MIT's campus-wide license covers the majority of the available MATLAB toolboxes, which are listed in the MIT Portal.

About this Version 

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages.