University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff can download software licensed for their use from UDeploy.

Matlab 2016a for Faculty Staff


  • The University of Delaware has a site license from Mathworks to allow a copy of Matlab to be placed on current faculty, staff, and all UD-owned computers at the University of Delaware.
  • Using our version of Matlab requires a persistent network connection to the UD License servers.
    • For off-campus access use the UD VPN.
    • If you require Matlab to run without an internet connection you must purchase a stand-alone copy from MathWorks.

Installation Overview

  • Review system requirements and platform road map before downloading.
  • Students who wish to install Matlab on their personal computer must purchase a student edition copy from MathWorks.
  • UD faculty and staff may install a network version of Matlab on UD-owned or their personally-owned computers.
  • When you leave the University, you must remove your copy of the software from your personally owned computer, or replace it with Mathworks' commercial version. If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, contact the IT Help Center at 831-6000.

Installation documentation for Matlab 2016a

You will need to perform the following installation tasks. An install guide is also included in the .zip file (install_guide.pdf.)
  • Note: Make sure to retain the File Installation Key (code) located on the download page. Download the software from the menu on the right.
  • For OSX and Linux installs, also download license.dat
  • Run the installer, paying attention to the location of the extraction folder.
    • Windows:
      • Right-click on the that was downloaded above and extract all files into an extraction folder of your choosing.
      • Double-click on the setup.exe icon in the extraction folder.
      • Accept extraction defaults and allow the Visual C++ installer to proceed.
    • Mac:
      • Double-click on R2016a_imac64.iso to mount the ISO as a disk image (R2016a-maci64 located in Downloads).
      • Open the disk image and double-click the InstallForMacOSX icon to begin the installation.
    • Linux:
      • Mount R2016a_glnxa64.iso downloaded as described above.
      • Run the install file from the extraction folder with root credentials
        • If doing so from a terminal window this command is: ./install      or    sudo ./install
        • or if  you are installing without a GUI installed then use: ./install -t     or    sudo ./install -t                                
  • Select Install without using the Internet and then click Next.
  • Accept the license agreement and then click Next.
  • Provide the File Installation Key.
    • Select I have the File Installation Key for my license
    • Copy and paste the File Installation Key obtained with the download.
      • It is the code displayed at the bottom of the page opened for the Matlab download.  Copy and paste it from there.
  • Accept defaults on the following screens
  • Point to the license.dat file located in the extraction folder (Win)  or click on the right to download (OSX and Linux)
    • Note: This is the UD-specific file.
  • Select Install
  • After installation,
    • Windows: you may delete the downloaded .zip file and the extraction folder.
    • OSX/Linux: Dismount the disk image and delete the downloaded ISO file


  • To run Matlab, while off-campus use the  UD VPN.
  • To run Matlab from a terminal window on Linux, put /usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a/bin in your PATH.
  • To run Matlab from a terminal window on Mac, put /Applications/ in your PATH.