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Matlab Licensing

Note to personnel at the Qatar campus: Cornell's MATLAB license does not currently cover personnel based in locations outside of the United States and its territories. This means that personnel at the Weill Cornell Medical College campus in Qatar are not eligible for this license. We are investigating options to extend our license to cover the Qatar campus. We apologize for any inconvenience.


MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language. We currently two licenses, both with the same set of 49 additional extensions and toolboxes. MATLAB licensing is fee-based.

  • Academic licensing for staff and faculty
    • Academic licensing must be paid for by Cornell departmental funds.
    • Installation onto Cornell-owned equipment only.
    • Home Use licensing available at no extra cost.
  • Student licensing for currently-registered students at Cornell University.
    • Student licensing must be paid for by personal funds.
    • Installation onto student-owned equipment only.


18-OCT-2016: MATLAB 2016b is now available. This version provides support for macOS 10.12 "Sierra" and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.


The following products are available under the current license. 

All toolboxes are available for Windows (64-bit), Mac OS X (Intel 64-bit), and Linux 64-bit unless otherwise noted.

MATLAB with 49 Toolboxes

  • Simulink
  • Aerospace Blockset
  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Communications System Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox (Note: Windows only)
  • Database Toolbox
  • DSP System Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox
  • Filter Design HDL Coder
  • Financial Instruments Toolbox
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Toolbox
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Compiler SDK
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimBiology
  • SimMechanics
  • SimPowerSystems
  • Simscape
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Simulink Design Verifier
  • Simulink Real-Time
  • Simulink Verification and Validation
  • Spreadsheet Link EX (for MS Excel)
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox

Additional Toolboxes

Academic Licensees: If you require a toolbox that is not listed above, please let us know what you need by sending a request to  Individual single-seat perpetual licenses for additional MATLAB toolboxes and add-ons are available from the vendor at special academic prices. We would put you in touch with an appropriate MathWorks representative to complete the sale.

Additional toolboxes cannot be added to the MATLAB student license. If you are a student and need to use a toolbox that is not included with the student license, we recommend that you work with your department to see if they can purchase the additional toolbox for installation onto a Cornell-owned computer that you could use.

Purchase a license

Institutional Volume License:

The MATLAB 2016-17 volume license runs through July 31, 2017.  Please note that the end date is the same regardless of the date of purchase.

If you did not pre-order your MATLAB license during our license assessment survey in July, please order your license by visiting:

Licensing Options

Staff & Faculty Licenses

Your MATLAB volume license allows you to install in either a single-user or a network license configuration.  Please note that you need to purchase multiple licenses to take full advantage of the network option.

A single-user license allows installation onto one Cornell-owned computer. If you have been assigned a laptop computer for travel, you may also install MATLAB onto that machine under your single-user license. 

Home use: In addition, your MATLAB license allows home use at no additional charge: you may install MATLAB onto your personally-owned equipment under your single-user license. You may not run MATLAB on multiple machines at the same time under one single-user license.

A network license entitles you to install MATLAB on multiple machines on the same subnet, with one designated as a MATLAB license server.  You can then use a MATLAB simultaneously on a number of machines equal to the number of licenses that you purchased.

Student Licenses

Student licenses are only available in a single-user configuration. Installation is authorized for a single computer that is the personal property of the licensed student.


All customers now have the option to download MATLAB directly from the manufacturer. Please be advised that downloading MATLAB from MathWorks via the Cornell Network may be subject to NUBB charges.

Full Installers (download from Cornell University): 

Note 1: Disk Image installers have all MATLAB components on the disk image, and are downloaded from on-campus servers. For instructions on how to use ISO disk image files, please see our online guide, How To Use ISO Files.

Note 2: MATLAB 2016a requires a 64-bit operating system in all platforms.

Prior Versions (Disk Image Installers):

*final 32-bit release for Windows

Earlier releases:

Selected earlier releases of MATLAB are available to current license holders upon request.

This software is licensed to Cornell University and its use is strictly limited to subscribed Cornell faculty and staff at the main campus and affiliate facilities.


How to...

System Requirements for MATLAB 2016


  • Supported Windows Versions:
    • Desktop Editions:
      • Windows 10, 64-bit
      • Windows 8.1, 64-bit
      • Windows 8, 64-bit
      • Windows 7 w/ Service Pack 1, 64-bit
    • Server Editions:
      • Windows Server 2012 R2
      • Windows Server 2012
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 w/ Service Pack 1, 64-bit
  • Processor:
    • Any Intel or AMD x86 64-bit processor supporting the SSE2 instruction set
    • AVX2 instruction set support is recommended
    • 4 cores is recommended to use Polyspace
  • Disk Space:
    • Minimum 2 GB for MATLAB only
    • 6 GB or more recommended for typical installation.
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 2 GB minimum
    • With Simulink, 4 GB required.
    • With Polyspace, 4 GB per core is recommended.


  • Supported Mac OS versions:
    • macOS 10.12 ("Sierra")
    • Mac OS X 10.11 ("El Capitan")
    • Mac OS X 10.10 ("Yosemite")
  • Processor:
    • All Intel x86-64 processor
    • AVX2 instruction set support is recommended
  • Disk Space:
    • 2 GB minimum for MATLAB only
    • 6 GB or more recommended
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 2 GB minimum
    • With Simulink, 4 GB is required.
    • With Polyspace, 4 GB per core is recommended.


  • Qualified Linux Distributions:*
    • Ubuntu14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12
    • Debian 7.x and 8.x
  • Processor:
    • Any Intel or AMD x86-64 processor supporting the SSE2 instruction set
    • AVX2 instruction set support is recommended.
    • With Polyspace, 4 cores is recommended
  • Disk Space:
    • 2 GB minimum for MATLAB only
    • 6 GB or more recommended
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 2 GB minimum
    • With Simulink, 4 GB required.
    • With Polyspace, 4 GB per core is recommended.
* MathWorks has validated that MATLAB 2016b runs on the qualified Linux distributions and can provide full product support. It is likely that other distributions with kernel version 2.6 or later and glibc version 2.11 or later can successfully run this product, but MathWorks will be in a limited position to provide technical support for those distributions.


For support, contact Mathworks.

Technical Support

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

  • 508-647-7000, press 5

Customer Support

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET

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