Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Installing MATLAB on Linux

I recently downloaded a MATLAB image to install on Linux thinking that it would be a walk in the park like Windows. But it wasn't. There a few things you need to take care of before installing MATLAB on Linux systems.

Firstly, you need to have Open JDK installed. I have read about people having problems installing MATLAB with Open JDK Java 7 (latest version). If you do, then  install Open JDK Java 6 and it should work fine.

In Windows you can just extract an ISO file and run the .exe file to install the software. But that doesn't work in Linux. First you need to mount the ISO. Ofcourse you can install some software for mounting with a GUI but I am going to tell you how to do it using commands.

To mount the ISO file, check this link here.

After mounting the ISO, enter the mounted drive using the following commands :

cd /mnt/disk

Now you can check the  files in this directory using ls command. You should find a file named install in the directory. Now use the commad :


This should start the installation.


After the installation, you will be prompted to activate your software. Choose the option that suits you. Since I had the activation file, I chose the option Activate Manually without Internet. 

After activating the software, MATLAB is ready to use. Now you can unmount the ISO file. For help on unmounting an ISO file, click here.  


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