Frequently Asked Question

MATLAB License Renewal
Last Updated 10 months ago

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.

1. Start Matlab and click on the HOME-tab and then on the Help-button (below the question mark)


2. A drop-down menu appears, choose:

  •  Licensing > Activate Software

3. Allow Matlab to make changes on your computer

  • (if not possible start Matlab in administrator mode)

4. Choose: Activate automatically using the Internet (recommended) [If the option to choose this does not show up, skip this step]

  • click on next

5. A prompt appears:


6. Login to your MathWorks Account if you already have an account.


7. Login with your university/institute account in order to confirm your membership.

8. License details will be automatically listed under “Select a license”.

  • click on next

9. Type in the name of the Windows/Mac/Linux user for whom the license should be valid (depending on the contract the license is only valid for one or two users).

  • click on next

10. This information will be sent to MathWorks.

  • click on confirm

11. Activation is complete 

  • click on Finish.

12. Close your browser window, close Matlab. Your license is now prolonged.

If the message "Your Matlab license will expire in XX days" still appears after restarting Matlab,

click on the Help button (in the HOME-tab) and choose Licensing -> Update current License from the drop-down menu.

After the next restart of Matlab the message should be gone.


  • 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.

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