San Diego State University

Matlab R2013a Download


Matlab is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation.

The SCC Help Desk will copy the Matlab R2013a ISO to your blank NTFS formatted USB drive (8 GB or larger required), or you may download the ISO, on campus only, from the following:   Windows ISO or Mac and Linux ISO.

Make sure your ISO is complete! An incomplete ISO will not install.
Windows ISO size 6,404,382 KB  MD5 Hash b4c1f69a1e090b6a61f66d7c6e14dda8
Mac ISO getinfo 5,930,498,048  MD5 Hash 493b62a63351ad0d614c99ccb31842c4


  • Matlab 2013a Supported Platform Changes
    • drops support for 32-bit Linux
    • drops support for Snow Leopard (10.6)
    • drops support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Matlab 2012a ISO will install on Snow Leopard (10.6) or 32-bit Linux.
    • ISO size 5,327,192,064  MD5 Hash 9174b27024488f97f62409f87e641058
  • Matlab network licensing requires TCP ports 1701 and 31701 be open.
  • Faculty and Staff should see their departments IT Lead for licensing.


  • After submitting your RedID, save the license.lic file noting the location. Save the File Installation Key, as it is required to start the installation.
  • Mount the ISO.
  • Run the setup program in the ISO.
  • Check Install without using the Internet.
  • Check I have the File Installation Key for my license, enter the File Installation Key.
  • Choose Typical for the installation type
  • Provide the location of the license.lic file on your computer when asked.
  • Confirm the settings, and Matlab installs.
The Matlab installation requires a Network License file and the File Installation Key. SDSU students enter your RedID to download here:  

How to mount the Matlab ISO

  • Mac users can use the Disk Utility GUI to mount the ISO:

    Using Disk Utility to mount an ISO

  • Windows users can install the freeware package Virtual Clone Drive to mount the ISO. Run SetupVirtualCloneDrive.exe   No reboot is needed after installing.

    Virtual Clone Drive then allows you to mount the ISO by right clicking on it and selecting Mount.

    Mount/Unmount menu after installing VirtualCloneDrive