Matlab Licensing Information

UCSB has a MathWorks Matlab TAH (Total Academic Headcount) license.

This license is available to all UCSB Faculty, Staff, and Students. Visitors or visiting researchers may access the software in a number of labs or on their hosting department's UC-owned computers. Only UCSB employes and students may download Matlab to their personal computers.

Please log in  with your UCSB Email and password, to gain access to a Matlab license.

If you have any questions, please contact COSL.

Matlab License Annual renewals are coordinated by COSL. Please contact COSL.

To renew your license:

Do this before the license expires:

 Open the MATLAB program, then Help->Licensing->Update Current License.

If you don’t update before your license expires, then you will need to use the Activation Key to update your license.

If you are installing a version prior to 2017, on a Mac, the path to the update tool is a little different:

On your Mac go to: /Applications/, to active the new license online. You may need to adjust the path to the matlab version you use.

MacOS Sierra, released on September 20, 2016, introduced a compatibility issue with MATLAB. The issue is related to Language & Region preferences, and it may result in file corruption. 

Determine if your Language & Region combination requires a patch. 

Additional Details 

On October 6th, MathWorks applied a patch to MATLAB and MATLAB Runtime in the downloadable version of R2016b for Mac. No patch is required if you downloaded R2016b after October 6th. 

Links to more information:

System requirements

and System Requirements & Platform Availability by Product

Information on supported platform changes.


R2015b information for Matlab users 

R2015b will be the last release of the 32-bit version of MATLAB for Windows. MathWorks releases subsequent to R2015b will not be available for the 32-bit Windows operating system. To use releases after R2015b, impacted users are advised to migrate to 64-bit Windows at this time. They can continue to use releases up through R2015b. MathWorks technical support engineers will continue to provide support for those releases on 32-bit Windows.

See the platform road map for the latest information on planned platform changes to MathWorks products.