MATLAB Licensing & Toolboxes

MATLAB from MathWorks is a versatile platform and programming language for solving engineering and scientific problems with built-in graphics capabilities to visualize and gain insights from data and a large library of prebuilt toolboxes and algorithms for a variety of domains. It is used for machine learning, signal processing, image processing, computer vision, communications, computational finance, control design, robotics, and more.

For a detailed description of MATLAB, see the MathWorks website:


MATLAB is limited to use on faculty and staff personally owned and Purdue-owned computers for teaching and non-commercial research purposes.  MATLAB is available for student use only on University-owned computers managed by faculty or staff who have no student status whatsoever, even taking a single class.  A computer also must be connected to Purdue’s network on campus or via the University’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) off campus to use MATLAB.

For detailed information on Purdue’s MATLAB license terms and support, visit

If you are a student and want a low cost license for MATLAB, you can buy the student edition.  For more information, visit


Contact ECN to have MATLAB installed or upgraded on your ECN-supported computer.

MATLAB is also available through ITaP Software Distribution on Purdue's CommunityHub (in the computational software section.)  Software Licensing and Distribution provides services associated with the establishment and retention of software agreements between Purdue University and software vendors, and the distribution of the resulting licensed software under the terms of these agreements.

The ITaP Customer Service Center offers limited support covering issues with installation.  Please call 765-49-44000 or e-mail with a description of the problem, the steps during installation where the problem occurred, the exact text of any messages, and if possible, screenshots illustrating the installation issue. 


A complete list of  toolboxes are described at the MathWorks website:

The Purdue MATLAB license provides access to a comprehensive set of toolboxes. A summary of these toolboxes are at

The specific toolboxes available varies between MATLAB versions.  You can get a list of installed toolboxes by running the "ver" command in MATLAB (at the >> prompt.)

If you need a specific toolbox that is not available, contact ECN for pricing and other information.

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