Accessing MATLAB

For EF 230, you will need a Mathworks account

Steps for Creating a Mathworks Account and Associating your account with UT's current license

With UT's total academic headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, you can install and use MATLAB on any computer(s)

  • Here is the link Link to OIT Download site you need to acquire the current UT activation instructions to create or update your Mathworks account. Every August you will need to access this site to get instructions for Renewing your license.
  • Enter your UT netid and password (and 2 factor authentication!)
  • look for MATLAB under MathWorks, Inc. and click on MATLAB Installation.
  • The link will download an aspx or pdf file with all of the installation/ renewal instructions for creating a Mathworks Account and for obtaining the latest UTK Academic - Total Headcount license.
  • Follow the instructions very carefully to set up a Mathworks account. You must use your email address when you register with the Mathworks web site to get the license for FREE.

Once you create or update your Mathworks account and license, you can:

Install MATLAB on your laptop (REQUIRED) -- For your hacklab days and projects, you'll need MATLAB on your laptop (minimum of one per team, ideally each team meber) in order to communicate with your hardware. Do this before we start the hacklabs. Follow the "Install a local copy of MATLAB" instructions below.
Use link: cloud based MATLAB accessible from any device with a web browser. Integrates with Matlab Drive for managing your files on the cloud. (Download MATLAB connector for automated syncing)
Use MATLAB Mobile: ligthweight version of MATLAB for smartphones and tablets. Allows acquisition of smartphone sensor data to the Mathworks CLOUD/laptop. This will be a good tool for your team projects.
In addition you can access MATLAB in the EF Perkins 208 computer lab or other UT computer labs through the UT APP SERVER by navigating to This allows you identical access to what you have in the classroom. Help can be found here: How to use Apps@UT.

Install a local copy of MATLAB on your computer

Note: The local installation is very large (33GB) and time-consuming (~100 minutes). However, you will need a local installation for your team projects. If you don't install all the required toolboxes the first time you install, you may need to reinstall later this semester so do it right the first time!
  • Follow above instructions for creating a Mathworks account (if you haven't already) and downloading the current UTK licensing instructions.
  • Log in your MathWorks account, go to My Account in the upper right under your user name / intials. Under the "My Software" list and click the Download Down Arrow
  • Download the latest release (R2019b) and install ALL available products and toolboxes by clicking the top checkbox so all checkboxes populate.
    • 2020 update - If you want to slightly minimize your install time and size you can use the narrowed down toolbox list shown in Fig 1 below
    • Please DO NOT pick and choose on your own
    • Most of the commands and tools we use reside in these toolboxes, if you do not have ALL the required toolboxes you will not be able to complete exams and assignments.
  • If you have an older computer, please refer to this Mathworks chart and install the latest release based on your operating system requirements and roadmap. Mac users: make sure you check this for determining which version to install.
  • To use all commands shown in the class material, you'll need release 2019a, 2019b or 2020a (as of Jan 6 not yet released).
  • Once MATLAB is installed, type ver on the command line in MATLAB to verify you have all the toolboxes installed as shown in below in Figure 1
  • If you already have a standard install of MATLAB on your laptop and just not the required toolboxes shown below please follow these guidelines:
    • Toolboxes must match the release of MATLAB they are installed into, e.g. you cannot install the current (2019b) toolboxes into your MATLAB R2018. If you do not have MATLAB 2019b installed, uninstall your old version MATLAB and reinstall with MATLAB 2019b and the configuration shown below.
    • If you already have MATLAB 2019b, you can download the MATLAB installer,, login to your account, select 2019b, and follow the prompts until you see the option to select additional toolboxes to download and install.
Figure 1