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R2014a now available

The Mathworks has released the latest in their line of Matlab software - R2014a. For information on what is new in the latest release visit The Mathworks New Product page.

MATLAB 2014 Licensing

2014 marks the third and final year of the current Matlab Site-wide license agreement. The 2014 Matlab License Cycle begins Jan. 1st though 2013 Matlab licenses will continue to allow access to Matlab through Jan 31st.

Over the past two years of the UCB Matlab TAH contract, licensing was provided at no cost to individual licensees. This was made possible through an agreement between the College of Engineering and the Office of the CIO to cover the cost of the site-wide license. For the 2014 license cycle a new funding model has been adopted, and the following changes will be in effect.

  • License cost will be charged back to the individual – Every individual using Matlab will be required to purchase a license (There are some exceptions – please see "College of Engineering" and “Classroom Licensing” below).
    • Licenses will include access to Matlab and all of the Standard and Advanced Toolboxes currently available through the UCB TAH agreement.
    • Licenses will be assigned to a Named User allowing the user to install on multiple devices for the named user’s exclusive use.
  • Departmental license servers – Departments maintaining their own license servers will be required to purchase licensing for all persons accessing Matlab via the license server. Sharing of concurrent “seat” licenses will not be an accepted practice. An option file will be provided to help regulate Server license distribution.
  • Research Labs – A license must be purchased for all personnel who will access Matlab on lab machines.
    • Classroom/Instructional Labs – Licensing for classrooms and instructional labs will be available. Pricing will be set similar to The Mathworks’ Classroom-to-Academic license ratio. Classroom licenses will be associated with a computer, not an individual user. Each machine with Matlab installed must have a license.

License Categories and Types

Individual Licenses – Individual licenses will entitle the Named User to Matlab and all of the toolboxes available through the UCB TAH agreement. This license will also allow for the install of Matlab on multiple systems for the exclusive use of the Named User. Individual Licenses are available in two types: Networked and Stand-alone. Networked licenses are recommended, but Stand-alone licenses are available for situations where network connectivity is unreliable.

Classroom Licenses – Classroom licenses will be available at a reduced cost for “use in on-campus instruction labs used solely for classroom instruction of students.” Classroom licenses are associated with computers and not individuals (machine licenses). Every machine on which Matlab is installed must have a license. Use of the products for any other purposes, such as research by faculty and staff, is not allowed.

College of Engineering

CoE Faculty, Staff and Students should submit the College of Engineering 2014 Matlab License request to obtain their Matlab licensing. If a request has already been submitted using the standard form, there is no need to submit the CoE form.

All other terms and conditions of use apply.

For more information ON MATLAB LICENSING see the Matlab FAQ's page

Purchasing a 2014 Matlab License

Requests for Matlab licenses should be submitted using the UCB Matlab License Request Google form. Licenses may be purchased using a department COA chartstring.


Students requesting licensing for UCB-owned computers may use their CARS accounts to purchase Matlab Licenses (proof of UCB-ownership of the target system is required). To purchase a license using a CARS account, submit the 2014 Matlab License Request-CARS form.

Departmental License Servers

Departments may choose to maintain their own license servers. In these cases Individual Licenses must be purchased in sufficient quantity to cover all persons who will access Matlab via the license server. Sharing of concurrent “seat licenses” is not permitted. An “option file” will be provided to help ensure that the license server does not exceed the number of purchased licenses.

Groups maintaining their own License Servers can indicate that preference in the license request form. Software Central will work with the department contact to activate the server for the 2014 cycle.

Matlab License Prices

All Licenses Expire Jan31 2015
Matlab Individual Networked License $63.00
Matlab Individual Stand-alone License $63.00
Matlab Classroom Networked License $14.00
Matlab Classroom Stand-alone License $14.00

MathWorks Release 2013b now available

Release 2013b includes new releases of MATLAB® and Simulink®, and updates and bug fixes to 79 other products.

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Categories: Scientific, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics
Available Platforms: Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, iPhone