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Software Description: MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.

Platform: Access from Windows, Mac or Linux
Cost: No charge

Overview of MATLAB

MATLAB, Simulink and some MATLAB Toolboxes are available to current VCU students, faculty and staff on the App2Go Server.  MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and fourth generation programming language. Developed by The MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs in other languages. Although it is numeric only, an optional toolbox uses the MuPAD symbolic engine, allowing access to computer algebra capabilities. An additional package, Simulink, adds graphical multidomain simulation and Model-Based Design for dynamic and embedded systems.

MATLAB License Information

The School of Engineering has renewed the site license for MATLAB. It includes MATLAB, Simulink, and 56 associated toolboxes. This software is available on the App2Go server and is also accessible for faculty, students and staff to install on VCU-owned and personally owned computers. The current license is effective through June 30, 2018.

List of Toolboxes:

New User - Request a MATLAB License (Windows, Mac & Linux):

To use MATLAB on your computer, you will need to download MATLAB and enter a VCU license. Select one of the following to request a VCU MATLAB license and proceed with the download and installation instructions provided in the email. 

Students may request a student license for MATLAB and the toolboxes for their personally-owned computers. The license will be effective through June 30, 2018.

Faculty and staff may request a campus license for MATLAB and the toolboxes for their VCU-owned or personally owned computers.

Current Users - Update MATLAB License (Windows, Mac & Linux):

Previous MATLAB users must update their current MATLAB License.

Note: You must be connected to the Internet.

  1. Launch MATLAB*.
  2. Click on the “Help” icon, select “Licensing” and then “Update Current Licenses”.
  3. On the “Update License File” screen, select the License 1145257, and click on “Update”. Respond “Yes” to “Are you sure?”. If asked, say “Yes” to allow this app to make changes to your device.
  4. Wait till you get the “Update Complete” message. You can then close out the window. Restart Matlab for the new license file to take effect.

*Windows Error using version R2016a

If you get the error message “Windows cannot find 'x'. Make sure you typed the name correctly and try again.”, this is a permissions issue. Relaunch MATLAB as an “administrator” (right-click the executable and select “Run as administrator”).
If you have any problems renewing your license or have any questions, contact the IT Support Center or call 828-2227.

Use MATLAB on the App2Go Server

Using a Windows, Mac or Linux computer, you are able to access MATLAB via a browser window.  Although MATLAB runs on the App2Go Server, it appears to be running on your PC.  You can open, save and print files from your PC.  Applications on the App2Go server are available to support research projects and are not intended for instructional use.

Current VCU faculty, staff and students may access MATLAB on the App2Go Server for research.  Documentation on how to use of the App2Go Server will provide you details such as system requirements, installation, opening files, saving files and printing. 

Note: When MATLAB is running, to display all available Toolboxes, select File, Set Path.

App2Go Server Information:

Manuals & Training

Support and Consultation

The vendor provides support at MATLAB Central, an open exchange community for the MATLAB and Simulink user community.

For license and downloading issues and any concerns accessing and running MATLAB on the App2Go server, please contact the IT Support Center.