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MATLAB R2018a Installation


If you have an existing MATLAB installation prior to R2018a, we recommend you uninstall your current version and reboot your computer prior to running the R2018a installation.

To begin the non-interactive installation, IE users may click on the following link. For any other browser you will need to copy & paste it into the Run box (Windows Key + R):

Cross-Registered students may have to specify the domain and authenticate with their Olin network credentials, following the link below:
\\\Applications\Public\netapps\MATLAB\r2018a\windows\win64\silentSetup.lnk When prompted for username, please enter “\<your username>” followed by your Olin network password.

Click Open in the Windows UAC warning window to continue with the installation. There may appear to be a small delay between allowing the install to begin from the UAC window to when the actual MATLAB installer appears on screen where it appears that there is nothing occuring. This is normal behavior while the installer loads, users do not need to launch the installer more than once after allowing the UAC prompt to process. The delay may be longer while installing over a wireless network connection than on a wired network connection.

At this point you will be able to watch the progress of the installation. There is no interaction necessary on your part for the installation – all entries are preconfigured for the installation. Each screen will display for a moment before continuing onto the next.



Make sure you are connected to the Olin network (preferably over Ethernet)

  • Open terminal
  • run sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
  • run mkdir -p ~/fsvs01/Applications
  • run sudo mount //fsvs01/Applications ~/fsvs01/Applications -o user=<olin_username>,,uid=<linux_username>
  • Enter your Olin Password when prompted
  • cd fsvs01/Applications/Public/netapps/MATLAB/r2018a/linux/installer
  • sudo ./install

Then do the following:

  • Select use file installation key
  • Accept user agreement
  • Copy and paste file installation key. Can be found in 2018a fik.txt
  • Select a place to install MATLAB
  • Keep default products to installation
  • Path to license file is ~/fsvs01/Applications/Public/MATLAB/client-license.dat
  • Check “Create symbolic links to MATLAB scripts” during installation
  • Select install

You may have to then do the following:

  • sudo apt-get install matlab-support
  • path is MATLAB/R2018a/

Known Issues and Solutions

Using MATLAB over VPN fails

Occasionally while using MATLAB over VPN with slow connections there can be an error where the MATLAB client times out before it receives a response from the license server. The following steps should solve the issue:

  • Right-click My Computer. Click Properties (for Windows 7, click the “Advanced system settings” link.)
  • In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  • On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
  • In the Environment Variables dialog box, under System Variables, click New.
  • In the New User Variable dialog box, enter FLEXLM_TIMEOUT for the name and 2147483647 for the value.
  • Click OK to close each dialog box.

Login to VPN, launch MATLAB