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MATLAB by Mathworks is a desktop programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly.  Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems.  San Diego State University has a campus-wide Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink and application products.  You may install MATLAB on your personal computer or laptop.

Commercial use of MathWorks products is not covered by our TAH license!  If you are using a commercial license, please continue to do so.

MATLAB is avaliable on the lab computers in the Library Computing Hub, the Library's 24/7 Study Area, and also in the GMCS Math and Computing Science Computing labs.



  1. Verify your computer meets the System Requirements for MATLAB.  Aproximately 20GB of disk space is needed.
  2. Go to the SDSU MATLAB Portal to download the software.
  3. Scroll down to Sign in to get started and click the blue button.
  4. Sign in using your SDSUid and password.
    • Sign in to your existing MathWorks Account.  Create a MathWorks Account if you don't have one.
    • Download MATLAB, then choose your installer.
    • Run the installer and Log in with your MathWorks Account and password.
    • Select the Individual license (this is the default) and install MATLAB.
  5. Activate the MATLAB installation using your MathWorks Account.

If you have problems downloading Matlab, call MathWorks support at 508-647-7000 Monday thru Friday from 08:30-20:00 Eastern Time.  Only current SDSU faculty, staff and students are covered by our TAH license.

MATLAB Online:

  • Use MATLAB Online with your web browser.  No installation required.
  • MATLAB Online provides access to MATLAB from any standard web browser wherever you have internet access; no need for downloads or installations - just sign in with your MathWorks account.  It is ideal for teaching, learning and convenient, lightweight access.  Create a MathWorks account if you don't have one using the SDSU MATLAB Portal.

Online Resources:


  • Alumni, staff volunteers, emeritus faculty, and faculty volunteers are not covered by our campus TAH license.
  • Commercial use is not covered by our campus TAH license.
  • MATLAB R2019b Supported Platform Changes:
    • Dropped Platforms:
      • MacOS Sierra (10.12)
      • Windows 8.1 (Windows 7 SP1 is supported)
      • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • If your computer is not supported, use the Previous Releases page to find an earlier release that supports your OS.
    • Or use MATLAB Online
  • MATLAB license renewal: There is no need to reinstall, select Help > Licensing > Update Current Licenses in MATLAB, then select the license to update and click Update.  Restart MATLAB for the change to take effect.  The license will have to be renewed after June 30th.

Contact Us

Computing Hub Help Desk

Location: Love Library 2nd Floor
Phone: 619.594.3189

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