MATLAB license Renewal

Activating expiring MATLAB license for the next academic year

Your MATLAB license will expire each year on November 1st.

The Network-Concurrent installations of Matlab do not need to do anything to update their license.
SERC will update the campus Matlab license annually by November,  which will automatically renew all network installations.

Please note:

You should already have a account from the last time you activated or installed MATLAB.
You will need your username and password .

Method 1:

To renew your Standalone Matlab installation before the license expires annually in November:

  • Launch Matlab.
  • From the Help menu, select Licensing > Update Current Licenses…

  • Select the Academic -Total Headcount license that appears in the list, and click Update.
  • A window asking you if you are sure will appear. Click Yes.
  • Your license has been updated.
  • Restart Matlab for the changes to take effect.
  • Upon re-launching Matlab, the license expiration notice should no longer appear.

Method 2:

If you are unable to start MATLAB because your license has already expired,

follow these steps to start the activation client:


  • User’s are requested to send an email to “”  from their registered Mathworks email id {department email id}, with subject: Request to enable Matlab account for License Update’“.
  • The user’s will be getting a reply from  “”  that their Matlab Account is enabled for ‘Activation’,  only after which the below steps in “Instructions” can be followed.  The users will have a maximum time period of 24hrs in which the users should complete the below steps.


Note: Release R2016b is illustrated; adjust appropriately for a different release.

Launch MATLAB, and run Help > Licensing > Activate Software.

You may also run the Activation Wizard manually:

  • Linux: /usr/local/matlabr2016b/bin/
    (Location may vary if you did not accept the default settings during installation.)
  • Mac: Open the Applications folder. Right-click on MATLAB_R2016b, and choose Show Package Contents. Double-click on the Activate icon.
  • Windows: Start Menu > Programs > MATLAB R2016b > Activate MATLAB

  • The activation wizard will start. Click Next.

  • You will be prompted to log in to your account. Click Next.

  • You will be prompted to select the license to associate with. Select the Total Academic Headcount Campus license, and click Next.

  • The activation wizard will prompt you to confirm the information you have entered. Click Next.

  • The activation wizard will finish and offer to start MATLAB. Click Finish

  • You will need to restart MATLAB once finished.