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Is MATLAB compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)?

I want to upgrade my Mac to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). I want to know if MATLAB and related products are compatible with this OS.

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 27 May 2016
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MATLAB R2014b and later are fully supported on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan). We recommend you update to R2014b or later if you are using OS X 10.10 or later.
MATLAB R2011a through R2014a may trigger a Java exception and exit on startup on OS X 10.10 and 10.11. Once patched, they appear to work normally, but full compatibility is not guaranteed. The patch can be downloaded from the bug report that can be accessed from the link below:
Launching MATLAB on some versions of Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11 may also display the following error message in a dialog:
"You can't use this version of the application".
This issue can be resolved by following the steps in the Bug Report linked below:
MATLAB releases R2008b through R2010b should work on Mac OS X without a patch. However you will need to install <https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572?locale=en_US Legacy Java 6> and XQuartz to run these releases on 10.10 or 10.11.
To our knowledge, MATLAB R2008a and earlier will not run on Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.11. You may be able to get this configuration to work with by installing Legacy Java 6 and XQuartz, but generally these releases will not run on these operating systems.
For more information, please refer to the platform roadmap:

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@Fred @sarah @luiz @cristiano @lucas As pointed out by Image Analyst, please feel free to contact MathWorks Technical support team if you are still facing issues with installing MATLAB.
My 2012a is still not working. I get the message "You can’t use this version of the application “MATLAB_R2012a_Student” with this version of OS X." I did what John Loft said and I then tried to open matlab again and got the same message. Nothing about X11. Please help someone!
one more vote for John Loft's answer.

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 28 Oct 2014

I want to say that if the patch does not help you, do not reply here . The Mathworks does not answer these kind of posts in this forum. If you have trouble after their suggestions, then call them for free telephone support, even for student, education, home, or any other version. Installation help is always free for everybody, so do not post to the answers forum that you still can't get it to work. Just call them.

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Answer by Tamir Suliman on 26 Oct 2014

I just downloaded and purchased MATLAB 2014b from the website the installation went fine however when I clicked on the icon and during the startup of the program I recieved this error see screen shot

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My problem was solved and it works fine now. Thanks
Thank you very much. It works for 2014a (macOs)!
The patch is really helpful, worked for me well. I appreciate for the support you are giving solutions for each and everything bugs. Thank you very much.

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Answer by Timo
on 27 Oct 2014

Do you have any plans to get rid of the Java requirement in your products? I'm not very excited on installing JRE on my Yosemite due to the endless amount of issues it has caused in the past. It's just a bit complicated if the only way I can safely use Matlab is on a Windows virtual machine on Fusion.

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Hi Timo,
MATLAB R2013b and newer releases include their own internal version of Java. They do not require you to install Java on your system in order to perform the installation or run MATLAB.
Regards,
-Shawn

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Answer by Andrew
on 29 Oct 2014

I have successfully installed Matlab 2014b, but it keeps asking me to activate it. After I have activated it, it automatically closes, and when I reopen, the same thing happens. I have repeatedly reinstalled, and tried with 2 different licences (from the 2 institutions I am currently affiliated with) but nothing works. Also I have waited 2 days for a response to appeals for help from the Matlab team.

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Answer by Jin Hwa Kim on 24 Oct 2014

In Yosemite,locale does not change anymore using
/etc/launchd.conf set MWLOCALE_TRANSLATED=OFF

Answer by Bob Yang
on 29 Oct 2014

I can not open Matlab 2014b Help Window on Mac OS Yosemite.
When open any help window of Matlab2014b, it is just hang-on and don't respond, I have to kill the whole Matlab process.
Env:
The java is MacOS java 1.7.
Matlab UI language is Chinese.

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Matlab r2014b has been written but imported attachment for r2014a. Could you send us for r2014b patch ??
The 1098655 bug is for Java error on startup, not for problems with the help browser.

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Answer by Alexander on 12 Nov 2014

I am Running Matlab R2014b on a Macbook running Yosemite. Since making the upgrade to Yosemite Matlab has been very slow, and has now become unusable. As soon as I start up I get a message at the base of the Working Directory Panel saying:
'Getting status for files: Cancel'
I cannot cancel this process and it has made Matlab unusable. I have tried reinstalling Matlab and I am running the latest version.
Any help appreciated.
Alex

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This issue appears to be with the source control integrated in MATLAB R2014b. You can disable this by performing the following:
1. Click the "Preferences" button in the "Home" tab. 2. Click "MATLAB", "General", and then "Source Control". 3. Select "None". 4. Click "Apply" and then "OK". 5. You may need to restart MATLAB
You can also possibly resolve this issue by closing the Current Folder browser.

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Answer by Peter Savage on 10 Feb 2015

It will not let me download R2014a on OS X due to it being by an 'unidentified developer', I cannot find any solution to this problem in the install guide PDF doc.

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Probably this can help: https://wiki.geneseo.edu/display/cit/MatLab+R2014b+Installation+Guide

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Answer by say Erçin on 12 Feb 2015

i can t download matlab on my macbook pro due to an error 408. can you help me ?

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Answer by Mevlut Dogru on 25 Feb 2015

I can not open Matlab 2014b Help Window on Mac OS Yosemite.
When open any help window of Matlab2014b, it is just hang-on and don't respond, I have to kill the whole Matlab process.
Have you got a patch for r2014b ??

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Answer by joannnne
on 30 Mar 2015

Hey I'm trying to patch matlab r2011a student edition on yosemite and it isn't working. I have reinstalled matlab and it still doesn't work.
Thanks,
Joe

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Please contact Mathworks technical support through support@mathworks.com and they will be able to help you further with the issue.

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Answer by Martine Dervieux on 2 Apr 2015

I also have tried to fix the same issue by the patch on a matlab r2012a and although the patch installation reported no error, it doesn't work. What could we do ?
thanks
Martine

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Please contact Mathworks technical support through support@mathworks.com and they will be able to help you further with the issue. One thing I would like to point out is that you may need to reinstall Xquartz as described here: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/161347-how-can-i-install-matlab-versions-r2011a-r2013a-on-os-x-10-10-yosemite

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Answer by Luca Monk on 29 Apr 2015

I have downloaded Matlab 2014b on my Macbook Air (Yosemite). It says: You can't “InstallForMacOSX” because PowerPC applications are no long available. What do I do in this instance?

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Answer by Vincent Chong on 2 May 2016

Very Useful, thanks. It works.

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Answer by Justin Riddoch on 24 Jun 2017

I was having an issue on Mac OS X 10.11 after installing R2010a. I was getting the error MATLAB can't be opened because of a problem, in order to fix it I right clicked on the .app file (MATLAB_R2010a.SV.app) and selected show package contents. In the following folder there is another .app file called Activate.app. If you open that and activate your copy of MATLAB it should launch fine afterwards (assuming you installed the legacy version of Java and Quartz mentioned on the installer page).

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Answer by ZOHREH Faghihmonzavi on 6 Nov 2017

I could not install MatLab 2013a on my lap top, macOS Sierra version 10.12.6. Instead, MatLAB 2014b was installed and it works well. Thank you so much.

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