MatLab 2017a Installation Instructions

ll versions of MatLab must be installed and activated automatically using the internet and a new or existing MathWorks account. MatLab cannot be activated manually or using a file installation key.

Things you will need:

  • Your email address and your MathWorks Account password. If you do not have a MathWorks Account, you can create one during installation. You must have an Activation Key to create an account. See below how to obtain Activation Key.
  • Activation Key. Obtained by clicking the "Request Product Key" button on the MatLab download page (
  • MathWorks MATLAB R2017a installation file. Download the appropriate version from (obtained by clicking the "Download" button, when prompted to Run or Save the file, click Save and save it to your Desktop).


Step 1: Start the Installer

To start the installation Double click on the file you downloaded. Click Run to open the file.

The file will be extracted and open automatically.

Step 2: Install Using a MathWorks Account

Make sure that "Log I with MathWorks Account" option is selected. Click Next. During installation, you log in to your MathWorks Account, select the license you want to install, and follow the prompts in the installer.

Step 3: Review the Software License Agreement

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


Step 4: Login 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 associated with your account.

If you do not have a MathWorks Account, select the Create a MathWorks Account (requires an Activation Key) option and click Next. You will be prompted to enter the data needed to create the account. Follow the instructions below to complete this step.

Create a MathWorks Account (you create this account only once. If you already created an account go to Step 5.)

To create an account, enter your email address, first name, last name, and password. You must also provide an Activation Key because a newly created account does not have any licenses associated with it. The Activation Key identifies the license you want to install.

Note:   Entering dashes or spaces for the Activation Key is optional.

Click Next to create your account.

Step 5: Start the installation

Choose Install if you want to install the software or Download if you would like to install the software later.

Step 6: Select the License You Want to Install

Select a license from the list of licenses associated with your MathWorks Account and click Next.

If you want to install products on a license that is not associated with your MathWorks Account:

  1. Select the Enter an Activation Key for a license not listed option.
  2. Enter an Activation Key and click Next. An Activation Key is the unique code that identifies a license.

(Students: 277254 - Student, Faculty/Staff: 277254 - Campus)

Step 7: Specify the Installation Folder

Specify the name of the folder where you want to install MathWorks products. Accept the default installation folder, or click Browse to select a different one. If the folder does not exist, the installer creates it.

When specifying a folder name, you can use any alphanumeric character and some special characters, such as underscores. If you make a mistake while entering a folder name and want to start over, click Restore Default Folder. After making your selection, click Next.

Step 8: Specify Products to Install

From the product list, specify which products you want to install. The list shows all the products associated with the license you selected. If you do not want to install a particular product, clear the check box next to its name.

Step 9: Specify Installation Options

You can specify some installation options, depending on which platform you are installing.

Click the Install button.

Wait for the installation to complete.

If you will be using MatLab Coder you need to install supported compiler. Click on the link and install now. After you install the compiler click the Next button.

Make sure "Activate MATLAB" is selected and click the Next button.

Click the Next button.

Enter the Windows account name of the account you wish to use Matlab with. You will only be able to use Matlab on one account, so make sure you enter the correct one.

Note: The second option " Someone else will use the software" is not available to NJIT members.

You will receive a confirmation. Click Confirm.

Click the Finish button.

You are finished with the installation!


Last Updated: October 3, 2018