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Download Products Without Installing

Download products without installing them immediately (either on the same or a different computer). This procedure is useful when you want to install MathWorks products later, on one or more computers, either connected to the internet or offline. You must be an administrator for a license linked with your MathWorks Account (this includes trial licenses).

After you download the installer and products, you can install MathWorks® products from the download location at any time. If you are using a File Installation Key, make sure the downloaded product files include the installer file and are in a location that an off-network computer can access.


To download the installer and product files, you must be using a computer connected to the internet.

Before You Begin

MathWorks Account

To download the product installer, you must have a MathWorks Account or access to one. If you have an individual license, a MathWorks Account was created for you during your purchase.

If you do not have a MathWorks Account, select one of the following procedures determined by your situation:

Your SituationAction

You are using your university’s license.

Go to your institution's portal to install.

You are using your company’s (network) license.

After you have created your MathWorks Account, you can continue to Step 1. Download Installer and Product Files.

If your administrator has downloaded the installer and product files, find out where you can access them and then go to Install Documentation on Permanently Offline Computers.

You are using your company’s Enterprise license.

See your license administrator.

You do not have a product license or trial.

Go to the MathWorks Store.

Make Sure Offline System Meets Requirements

If you are planning to install products on an offline machine, make sure the offline system meets System Requirements for MATLAB.

Troubleshoot Connection Issues During Download

If you lose internet connection while downloading, you will need download again. If you continue to have connection issues, consider creating a more reliable internet connection (either moving closer to the router or using an Ethernet cable) or changing machines.

For additional suggestions on diagnosing internet connection issues, see this MATLAB Answer.

Step 1. Download Installer and Product Files

Sign in to your MathWorks Account. If you have Two-Step Verification enabled (in your MathWorks Account), enter the verification code sent to your primary method.

  1. From the Downloads page on MathWorks, select the release and platform of the computer that you are using to download (not the target computer).

  2. Start the installer. When prompted to allow the app to make changes, answer Yes.

  3. If prompted again, sign in to your MathWorks Account and accept the MathWorks license agreement.

  4. From the installer, select Advanced Options > I want to download without installing.

Step 2. Select Destination Folder

Enter the path to the folder where you want to download the installer and product files.

When specifying a folder name:

  • You can use any alphanumeric character and some special characters, such as underscores.

  • You cannot use non-English characters.

  • Folder names cannot contain invalid characters and the destination cannot be named “private.”

The destination folder must be on an absolute path.

Step 3. Select Platform

Select the platform of the computer you are going to be installing MATLAB on. You can select multiple platforms, but note that all platforms are downloaded into the same top level folder.

Downloading on Windows for Linux or macOS

If you download the installer on Windows for installation on Linux, before you install on the target machine, you must transfer the files to the machine without compressing them in a file, such as a ZIP archive. Otherwise, you get an error after uncompressing the ZIP archive because Windows can't reliably recreate the symbolic links that were created prior to compression. See this MATLAB Answer for details and solutions.

Step 4. Select Products

The Product Selection list shows all the products available across all of your linked licenses.

  • To make a particular product available for installation on the target computer, check the box next to its name. MATLAB is selected by default.

  • If you do not want to have a particular product available for installation on the target computer, clear the check box next to its name.

  • If any of your selected products have a dependency on a product that was not selected, you will get a Product Dependencies warning and you will be asked to add the dependent products.

    Dependent products are optional and you can choose to add or not add them. However, while you are still able to install the selected products without dependent products, you may not be able to access all the functionality you require.

  • Required products must be installed.

When the software is installed, the products available for installation will depend on what is allowed on the license.

Step 5. Confirm Selections and Download

  1. Review the summary of your download choices. To change a setting, click the topic on the navigation bar. To proceed with the download, click Begin Download.

  2. When the download is complete, click Close.

Step 6. Move Installer and Product Files (Optional)

If the target machine is an offline machine, copy the products files (including the installer file) to the target computer or an accessible location (for example, a USB drive or network share).

Verify that the folder containing the product files includes the following:

  • The installer file for the target platform in the root of the folder:

  • An archives subfolder

    If the archives subfolder contains less than three files, you might be missing required files and must download the files again.

Next Steps

The procedure you follow depends on whether or not the target computer is connected to the internet.

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