Matlab - Download and Install

The Matlab software is available for download to any current NMSU student and can be accessed both on and off campus.

This document will assist you through the processes of download and install as well as accessing Matlab both on and off campus. There are 20 Steps to this processes so to ensure that you will download and install MATLAB successfully give yourself plenty of time to complete this process. 

Note: To access Matlab from outside the campus network (anywhere off campus or on a personal computer) you will also need to download and install the Cisco Virtual Private Network (VPN) client. 
  • Click here for assistance with the install of the VPN.
  • Click here for assistance with some common troubleshooting methods for the VPN.

Step 1: 
Type into your URL bar and press enter/return
Note: Before this page will load you will be prompted to enter your NMSU credentials; this will be the same username and password that you use to log into myNMSU and the Canvas pages. 

Matlab home page image

Step 2:
Access your downloads folder through the Mac Finder and find the file.

Download folder image

Step 3:
Double-click the file to begin the extraction process. extraction image

Step 4:
Open the "Mac" folder that has been extracted.

Finish extraction folder in finder image

Step 5:
Find and select the file named "InstallForMacOSX" to run the Matlab install.

Matlab install for mac osx file image

Step 6:
Make sure that the "Use a File Installation Key" option is selected and click the next button.

Matlab installer image

Step 7:
Select the option named "I have the File Installation Key for my license" before you continue to the next step.

File installation key option image

Step 8:
Return to the "Mac" folder and open the file named "intaller_input.txt" and double-click this file. Once opened select the series of numbers located in the text after the title "fileInstallationKey" and copy the numbers by either right-clicking and selecting "copy" or using the quick-keys "command + c".

Mac folder open in finder image

Step 9:
Return to the Matlab installer window and paste the installation key into the open box. Again you can do this by either right-clicking in the box and selecting paste or through the use of the quick keys of "command + v". After doing so click next.  

Pasting the installation key image

Step 10:
The next window will provide a list of components or "products" that are available to install. Look through this list, make all the appropriate selections, and click next.

Selection of matlab components to install image

Step 11:
This window severs as a final confirmation before installation. Please check your selection and click Install when you are ready to continue. 

Install option window image

Step 12:
After installation, there will be a window notifying you of possible configurations that may require attention. Review this and when you are ready click Next

Configuation notification window image

Step 13:
Select or make sure that the box to the left of "activate MATLAB" is selected and click next when you are ready to continue. 

Activation and installation complete image

Step 14:
The next window will have two selections for how you wish to activate MATLAB. Make sure you select the bottom option titled "Activate manually without the Internet" and click Next when you are ready to continue. 

Activate Math Works Software image

Step 15:
For this step return to the "" page in your web browser and select the "License" tab found in the center of the page above the image. Move down to the "KMS Dat File" option and click it to continue to the next step.

Matlab at NMSU home page image

Step 16:
Move back to the Downloads folder in your Finder and double-click the zip file titled "Twister 2 License". This will extract the files that have been downloaded in the previous step. 

Mac Downloads folder image

Step 17:
Return to the MATLAB installer and click on the button titled Browse and continue to the next step.

Matlab installer window image

Step 18:
Navigate to your Downloads folder and select the file named "Twister2License.dat". Once this is highlighted click on the Select button located at the bottom right of the window to continue.

Downloads floder in browers image

Step 19:
You should now find that there is a file path in the previously empty box leading to the "Twister2License.dat" file. Once you confirm that this file path is correct click the Next button.  

Offline activation window image

Step 20:
To complete the installation process click the Finish button at the bottom right of the installer window. Congratulations, you have now successfully installed your MATLAB program package. 

MATLAB installer finish step image

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:matlab download install mac osx os x software   Doc ID:77382
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-10-16 11:41 MDTUpdated:2021-05-21 09:57 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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