Portable version of Matlab
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Walter Roberson on 31 May 2015
There is no MATLAB for any Smartphone or iPAD or the like. MATLAB only runs on the x86 and x64 Intel architectures, under MS Windows, Linux, or OS-X. There is no "Java MATLAB" or any other "portable" implementation.
But as Image Analyst points out, you can put MATLAB onto a laptop, or even on to a device such as the MacBook Air (but not on to an iPAD)
Jan on 31 May 2015
Although it might be possible to create a portable version of Matlab which is not bounded to a specific computer, this is most likely not covered by the license conditions. So ask the technical support before you try it.
Rik on 26 Apr 2023
Besides some trickery with a networked license, it is very likely against the license agreement to have a portable Matlab installation in the traditional sense (think Thinstall).
If neither option suits you, you may need to look elsewhere. GNU Octave is a mostly Matlab-compatible runtime. The one major benefit is that it is free to use under most circumstances. The performance is worse (depending on your exact task), many functions/features are not implemented (e.g. no string or table datatypes), the graphics are less robust, the documentation is not as pollished, and especially on Windows the experience is less pollished. Let me summarize Octave like this: I develop in Matlab and I test for compatibility in Octave.
@Walter, I am aware of your opinion on GNU as an organization and their philosophy. However, I don't think that discussion is within the scope of this question. When I finally get round to posting that threat comparing the pros and cons of Matlab vs Octave, I'll tag you so we have a centralized place to have that discussion.