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Installing MatLab

MatLab is “the high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide. It lets you explore and visualize ideas and collaborate across disciplines including signal and image processing, communications, control systems, and computational finance.” mathworks.com

MatLab is available to all faculty and graduate students in Chemistry. It is available for Windows only.

We use a network license in conjunction with the Math department. Your PC must be connected to the Internet when you launch MatLab. If you are not on the WSU-Pullman campus, you must connect to the VPN before launching MatLab.

Alternatives to MatLab:

Installing MatLab 2016b

  1. Browse to “Jukebox” on chem-diamond3.ad.wsu.edu
  2. Browse to the “MatLab” Directory
  3. COPY the 2.16GB “MatLab-2016b” directory to your computer – “Downloads”, “Desktop”, and “C:\temp” are typical places
  4. Directly unzip the file locally to “c:\Program Files\” (this is for 64-bit ONLY, depending on your processor/HDD speed this make take a long time). 
            – The installer is 2.16GB and will decompress to around 4.19GB.


  5. Navigate to C:\Program Files\MATLAB-2016b\R2016b\bin\ and right-click matlab.exe and select send to Desktop (create shortcut)
  6. You will need to be on the WSU VPN when you first run MatLab in order to correctly connect with the Math Department’s licensing server.
  7. You are now be able to double click the Matlab shortcut that is on your desktop.