How to Get MATLAB for Ubuntu

Written by tammy clevenger
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MATLAB is a programming language that allows you to perform extensive computations and calculations much faster and easier than with other programming languages such as C or C++. MATLAB is a proprietary package distributed by MathWorks, and you can install it on Ubuntu, though Ubuntu version 11.01 is not supported. Ubuntu recommends using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS or Ubuntu 10.10 to install MATLAB.

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Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Academic, Student, Government or Commercial MATLAB license

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    Get MATLAB

  1. 1

    Open a Web browser and navigate to the MathWorks website (see Resources). Mouse over "Products & Services" to show the context menu.

  2. 2

    Mouse over the "MATLAB Products" option and click on the "MATLAB" link.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Download Now" link in the right navigation panel to download the latest release of MATLAB.

  4. 4

    Log in to your MathWorks account, or create a new account. Be sure your organisation or school is included, as your licensing and ability to download the product depends on a successful pairing of your organisation with a license option.

  5. 5

    Select your organisations license and click the "Download" link to download the source files for Ubuntu. Save the files in the "/media/" directory in Ubuntu.

    Install MATLAB

  1. 1

    Click the "Applications" link on the top taskbar in the Ubuntu desktop.

  2. 2

    Click the "Accessories" link, then click "Terminal." The command line Terminal window opens.

  3. 3

    Type the following command at the command line in the Terminal window and press the "Enter" key:

    sudo /media/MATHWORKS_R2011A/install

    The MATLAB GUI installer launches.

  4. 4

    Click the radio button in front of the "Custom" option and make sure both "Products" and "Shortcuts" are selected. Click "Next."

  5. 5

    Type the destination folder. Ubuntu recommends you configure your installation folder for MATLAB as "/usr/local/MATLAB/R2011a."

  6. 6

    Click "Next."

  7. 7

    Check the check box in front of the "Create Symbolic Links to MATLAB" option, then type "/usr/local/bin" -- without quotes -- into the input box. Click "Next."

  8. 8

    Click "Finish" to finalise your MATLAB installation.

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